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Sun 22 Jan 2023

  • Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson loses the Deputy PM role (New Zealand)
    The change occurred after MP Chris Hipkins was voted in by the Labour Caucus as the new Prime Minister. Robertson had earlier declined to stand for the position of PM. Chris Hipkins announced that MP Carmel Sepuloni would become the new Deputy Prime Minister at their first press conference.
    Links: Wikipedia, Stuff

Fri 22 Jan 2021

  • Beloved gay-rugby godmother and 9/11 activist, Alice Hoagland, dies aged 71
    Alice Hoagland, a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement that her own son, Mark Bingham, helped set in motion shortly before he perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks as one of the heroes of Flight 93, has died...
    Links: Stuff
  • Joe Exotic takes aim at Trump for not pardoning him: 'I'm too innocent and too gay'
    Notorious Tiger King star strikes out at Donald Trump after failing to receive the clemency he expected...
    Links: Stuff
  • Joe Exotic Says He Was “Too Gay” For Trump Pardon
    Links: Express
  • One To Watch: Zak Enayat
    Links: Express
  • The Wildest RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Rumours
    Links: Express

Wed 22 Jan 2020

  • Brooks Laich is 'prioritizing pleasure' amid Julianne Hough marriage speculation
    Brooks Laich opens up about his personal life with Julianne Hough in a new podcast episode...
    Links: Stuff
  • Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’
    The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy...
    Links: Scoop
  • Sam Smith to perform at Sydney's gay and lesbian Mardi Gras
    UK singer Sam Smith has been added to the slew of international stars set to celebrate Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month...
    Links: Stuff
  • Bear Week is Back and Celebrating 11 Years
    Links: Express
  • Exclusive: Former Guardian Jacquie Grant Slams Rainbow Pride Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Is One Person Ever Enough? | Express Chats to The Cast...
    Links: Express

Tue 22 Jan 2019

  • China says doctor behind gene-edited babies acted on his own
    Chinese investigators have determined that the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law, a state media report...
    Links: Stuff
  • Gamer live-streams Donkey Kong marathon, raises over $340,000 for trans youth
    In a Twitch stream spanning 58 hours, a British gamer conquered Donkey Kong 64, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for trans youth and even chatted to US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...
    Links: RNZ
  • TV host jailed in Eygpt for interviewing gay man
    An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year...
    Links: RNZ
  • An Eye for Style: express Chats With Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley
    Links: Express
  • Overindulged A Little Too Much This Festive Season? Check Out These...
    Links: Express

Mon 22 Jan 2018

  • 10 years on from Human Rights Commission's inquiry into transgender discrimination
    A lot can change in 10 years - but violence and discrimination experience by trans people has not...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Op-ed: trans man and HRC advisor Taine Polkinghorne
    When I came out at the end of 2011, it was usual practice for trans people to receive a mental health diagnosis from a medical professional, counsellor or therapist to start their medical transition...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Transwoman Phylesha Brown-Acton and transman Tom Hamilton speak about life 10 years after the HRC inquiry
    A decade ago 10 trans people were profiled for the world first inquiry into discrimination against trans people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • A Single Weekly Pill For HIV Could Be On Its Way
    Links: Express
  • Eagle Bar Runs Hot!
    Links: Express
  • Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Hopetoun Brown: Rhythm and Groove
    Links: Express
  • Part One: Rainbow Pasefika: We Exist, We Belong
    Links: Express

Sun 22 Jan 2017

  • 'Tahitian Prince' fraudster may be returned to NZ
    Convicted gay fraudster Joel Morehu-Barlow may be about to be released from prison and be deported from Queensland back to New Zealand...
  • Melbourne car rampage started with anti-gay fight
    The deadly rampage by a Melbourne driver on Friday had its genesis partly in an argument over the driver's brother's sexuality...

Fri 22 Jan 2016

  • Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Indy Media
  • Changes to AKL Pride programme
    Changes to the Auckland Pride Festival programme have been released, with the dates and venues of two shows now confirmed...
  • Event tonight marks Trans Prisoner Solidarity Day
    A movie screening in Wellington tonight will mark the first ever International Day of Trans Prisoner Solidarity...
  • Part two: GrammarPride and the importance of storytelling
    In part two of our look into the GrammarPride blog, we chat to co-creator Henry Yuen about his motivations and speaking out against homophobia...
  • Wallace Arts Trust Prize winner announced
    This years winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Short Fiction Prize has been announced, with Jade du Preez taking out the top prize for her short story ‘Lily of the Valley’...

Thu 22 Jan 2015

  • Barack Obama Makes History in State of The Union Speech
    Links: Express
  • Breaking: Israeli Embassy Float Not Returning For 2015 Parade
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith Splits From Boyfriend
    Links: Express
  • Taane's Pride
    Can you even imagine? Taane Mete performing a solo piece inspired by Michael Parmenter’s epic 1999 production Jerusalem, to a song by the late Mahinarangi Tocker...

Wed 22 Jan 2014

  • ESPN responds over trans woman's suicide
    ESPN says it will ‘learn from’ the suicide of a transgender physicist and golf club inventor whose past was being investigated by a journalist...
  • Gay worker mocked, called a "f-ing faggot"
    The ERA says the grievances caused the man to go into a downward spiral...
  • Key again opens arms to Conservatives
    The Prime Minister has underlined the fact he is more than willing to work with the Conservative Party after the election...
  • Key won't rule out NZ First as power partner
    Winston Peters and John Key (file photo) National party leader and Prime Minister John Key is no longer ruling out entering into a coalition arrangement with NZ First should it help his party retain power after the general election later this year...
  • Realities for trans students in NZ revealed
    A world-first study has found transgender students in New Zealand experience compromised mental health and personal safety, and have difficulty accessing health care...

Tue 22 Jan 2013

  • Television item (New Zealand)
    One News, ref: TZP425612.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television item (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Te Karere, ref: TZP425602.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Marriage Equality: Insensible Sentences?
    Unfortunately, Garth McVicar of the conservative populist "sentencing severity" organisation Sensible Sentencing Trust has definitely ventured into the twilight zone this time, by alleging that marriage equality will lead to 'increased violent crime...
  • MP offers apology for "offensive" questioning
    Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP Controversial National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has offered up an apology in the wake of asking questions at a select committee hearing into the marriage equality bill which offended two gay men giving verbal evidence...
  • Tongan gays "unnatural," t want marriage"
    Gay Tongan people are said by their church leaders to be against changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry, and other Tongan clerics say marriage of a same-sex couple would be "unnatural...

Sun 22 Jan 2012

  • Carmen Rupe memorial, Wellington (Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar)
    Audio from the memorial to Carmen Rupe held at Scotty and Mals.
    Features: Celia Wade-Brown, Dana de Milo, Georgina Beyer, Grant Robertson, Jurgen Hoffman, Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan, Pasi Daniels, Phil Rogers, Robin Waerea, Tom Stacey, Trevor Morley

Sat 22 Jan 2011

  • Dewani extradition hearing postponed
    Shrien Dewani The extradition hearing of the allegedly closeted gay UK millionaire businessman accused of paying for his bride to be killed on their South African honeymoon has been postponed...
  • Fears over K' Rd safety after another assault
    An assault on a gay Aucklander on Karangahape Rd has provoked further concern about a perceived rise in violence at the country's gay nightlife centrepoint, with one regular bar patron describing the atmosphere as "fucking scary"...
  • Review: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Calvin Tuteao as Kawa Nights In the Gardens of Spain 8...

Fri 22 Jan 2010

  • Weather forces Out in the Square postponement

Thu 22 Jan 2009

  • K' Road connected to new Wi-Fi network
    Auckland's gayest street is one of the first places in New Zealand to be covered by a new high-speed Wi-Fi internet service...
  • Portland's gay mayor admits sex with teen
    USA: The openly gay mayor of Portland, Oregon has publicly apologised for lying about his sexual relationship with a teenager – and for encouraging the 18-year-old to lie about it...
  • Pride '09: Art celebrates gender diversity
    An art exhibition opening in Auckland tomorrow for the Pride '09 Festival will reveal the extraordinary and ordinary worlds of individuals who define themselves as "gender uncertain" or "gender fluid"...

Tue 22 Jan 2008

  • 'D-List' celeb set for San Fran Pink Flight
    Air New Zealand has confirmed outrageous American comedienne Kathy Griffin will join some of our best-known Kiwi drag queens on the Pink Flight from San Francisco to Sydney Mardi Gras on 26 February...
  • AKL gay community stalwart Moreton dies
  • Gay UK man: "She sexually harrassed me"
    A gay security guard claims a woman wobbled her breasts at him and has accused her of sexual harassment...
  • Rainbow Youth's first dance party for HERO
    A "new generation dance party" for ages 13 to 20 will support Auckland LGBT young people's network Rainbow Youth and also give an up-and-coming DJ a chance to shine...
  • Tributes: Moreton will be sadly missed

Mon 22 Jan 2007

  • Pink protest over iconic house repaint
    A gay Aucklander has voiced his shock over Mission Bay's ‘Pink House' sudden repaint to ‘dung-olive green'...
  • UK: Cabinet row over gay adoption law
    The UK Government's Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is trying to water down new anti-discrimination laws to let Catholic adoption agencies turn away gay couples...

Sun 22 Jan 2006

  • Maxim: No more Evidence
    With Bruce Logan's departure from the Maxim Institute, there were questions about the survival of Evidence, its glossy 'policy journal'...
  • Pollyfilla: "I'm an interactive party decoration, really"
    Pollyfilla Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has described her as an icon of the city, and comedian Ruby Wax was so overwhelmed when she met her that "Oh my god" was all she could manage...

Sat 22 Jan 2005

  • Destiny denied access to harbour bridge
    Transit NZ's decision not to let fundamentalist Destiny Church march its followers over the Auckland Harbour Bridge in protest at the Civil Unions legislation has the church crying double standards...
  • Destiny will defy police to cross bridge
    Fundamentalist anti-gay Destiny Church plans to defy authorities and march 20,000 people across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to protest against the Civil Unions legislation which comes into effect in two months time allowing same-sex and defacto couples to legally formalise their relationship...
  • Spongebob Sinpants!!!
    So the US Christian Right is upset about the appearance of popular childrens cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants in an inclusive schools video against homophobic and racist harrassment...
  • Wellington cruise yacht needs crew
    Would-be sailors with an interest in cruise yachting and time on their hands during the week are being asked to join the crew of the Spindrift of Nelson, which made an appearance at the UniQ/GAP gay day out at Scorching Bay in Wellington last Saturday...

Wed 22 Jan 2003

  • Condom maker is major sponsor of Hero Festival
    Condoms and lubricant maker Ansell has formally announced its involvement in this year's Auckland Hero Festival 2003...

Tue 22 Jan 2002

  • The NZAF: Rumblings of discontent
    On a number of fronts questions are being asked, frequently and for the moment quietly, about the work of the NZ AIDS Foundation...

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Wed 22 Jan 1896

  • Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Cresswell was later shot by Charles Mackay, mayor of Wanganui
    Links: Te Ara,

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