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Sun 26 Jan 2020

  • History Made With First Openly LGBTI Coach In Super Bowl
    Links: Express

Fri 26 Jan 2018

  • Kristen Worley: taking on the IOC for transgender athletes
    Kristen Worley is a Canadian transgender athlete who won a precedent-setting case last year, against the International Olympic Committee over its policies on gender testing and hormone regulation...
    Links: RNZ
  • Violent Deaths of LGBT People in Brazil Hit All-Time High
    Links: Express

Thu 26 Jan 2017

  • ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ is Returning
    Links: Express
  • A Tribe Called Queer: The LGBT+ Rappers Missing In Your Life...
    Links: Express
  • Gender Bender Shakes Up Shakespeare
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi Gay Couple Front Lush’s Australasian Campaign
    Links: Express
  • Sonny Bill's agent threatens legal action
    The agent of Sonny Bill Williams has said he is considering legal action following criticism of Williams' apparently close association with a homophobic Muslim cleric...

Tue 26 Jan 2016

  • Come on Girls, Let’s Twist
    Links: Express
  • Female-to-Male Trans Athletes Free to Compete at Olympics
    Links: Express
  • Out and Proud Kiwi Songbird to Join Pride Debate
    Links: Express
  • Why Say No to Hetero?
    Links: Express
  • Parade HR benchmark 'too high' for Corrections
    The trans rights protesters who broke into last year's Auckland Pride Parade to highlight the abuse of transgender prisoners in the Department of Corrections system say it is unlikely Corrections can make sufficient changes in time to be able to march in this year's parade...

Mon 26 Jan 2015

  • Girls Go Wild – Lick Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Russian lgbti youth advocate fined
    The founder of a Russian lgbti youth group has been fined under the nation’s ‘gay propaganda’ law for creating a support website...

Sun 26 Jan 2014

  • Reviews: Looking and The Fosters
    Sky’s SoHo has premiered the much buzzed about new gay show Looking, while TV2 has begun showing a series about lesbian mums with a horde of foster kids, aptly named The Fosters...

Sat 26 Jan 2013

  • NZ Writing: Ecstasy and Ripped Fishnets
    Ecstasy He was the type of guy that liked to have a good weekend...

Thu 26 Jan 2012

  • Police to patrol Auckland cruising spot
    Auckland police are warning they will be carrying out regular patrols at an Auckland park known as a cruising spot...

Wed 26 Jan 2011

  • Rumours fly over "gay Super Bowl ads"
    Internet speculation two gay-themed Doritos ads were going to appear during the Super Bowl has been quashed...

Tue 26 Jan 2010

  • Welly's Proud fest continues with choccies and comedy
    Wellington's fortnight of LGBT events continues this week with several new and returning events designed to tickle your tastebuds, test your knowledge, attack your eardrums and more...

Mon 26 Jan 2009

  • Sean Penn 'best actor' for Milk portrayal
    In a remarkably gay ceremony Sean Penn has been named best actor by the USA's Screen Actors' Guild for his starring role in the Gus van Sandt directed biopic Milk...

Sat 26 Jan 2008

  • Tonight's Suggested Television Viewing
    Summer short story season: David Herkt presents D...

Fri 26 Jan 2007

  • NZAF boss "an idiot" says radio host
    Despite protestations of respect for the NZ AIDS Foundation, crusading Auckland transgender radio host Lexie Matheson has described the Foundation's Executive Director as "an idiot...

Thu 26 Jan 2006

  • Gimme Gimme Gimme. But don't gimme Kiwifruit
    On first viewing, Kiwifruit impressed me with it's whizz-bang editing...

Wed 26 Jan 2005

  • Up newspaper becomes a magazine
    Wellington-based Up gay newspaper is changing its format from its next issue to become a monthly magazine...

Wed 26 Jan 2000

  • [name withheld 2] - Snapshot 2000
    [name withheld] talks about coming out and first sexual experience.

Mon 26 Jan 1987

  • Television news report: MP Norman Jones leaves hospital (New Zealand)
    Jones had been undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. 6.30pm news, ref F92071
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Wed 26 Jan 1966

  • Justice McCarthy dismisses the case against Carmen Rupe (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Justice McCarthy's decision notes that he is "quite unable to find anything in our law which says that it is unlawful for a male to attire himself in female clothing."
    Links: WorldCat, Google Books

Mon 26 Jan 1942

  • William Preen is arrested in the women's waiting room of the Timaru Railway Station (Timaru, New Zealand)
    Preen is suspected of being a spy when he is seen dressed in women's clothing. The court later hears that Preen's "lapse was the result of some craze to see how it would feel to dress like a woman".
    Links: Papers Past

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