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Sat 28 Jan 2023

  • Beauty students stripped off in front of transgender awaiting trial for sex attacks
    Students got changed in front of a transgender rapist, unaware of ...
    Links: NZ Herald

Fri 28 Jan 2022

  • Complaints against New Zealand bowls great Gary Lawson go to mediation
    Nearly seven months after allegations of homophobia, sexism and verbal abuse against Gary Lawson, a date for mediation has been set...
    Links: Stuff

Thu 28 Jan 2021

  • Global Leaders In HIV Prevention Research, Policy And Advocacy To Be Recognized At HIVR4P // Virtual
    Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 (Geneva, Switzerland) — Researchers, advocates and policy makers advancing global efforts to end HIV/AIDS will be honoured with awards at HIVR4P // Virtual – the HIV Research for Prevention Conference , to be held ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Northern Districts hosts cricket's first ever Super Smash Pride Round, but it's still not an easy wicket for rainbow community
    As Super Smash holds a Pride Round, it is still glaring that there are no 'out' gay male cricketers in the top leagues...
    Links: Stuff
  • Elliot Page Announces Divorce from Wife
    Links: Express
  • Navigating Parenthood As A Trans-Dad
    Links: Express

Tue 28 Jan 2020

  • MAFS groom Raymond Wedlake is a finalist in Mr Gay New Zealand
    The controversial reality TV groom says since leaving the show he's become a point of contact for people who need advice...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tennis great Margaret Court honoured at Australian Open
    Australian tennis great Margaret Court has been honoured at the Australian Open...
    Links: RNZ

Mon 28 Jan 2019

  • 14 reasons to visit Sydney (and beyond) in 2019
    If you think you've been there, done that, read on...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Autistic woman raped at care home 'by night shift worker' diagnosed with HIV
    An autistic woman who was raped at a care home has been diagnosed with HIV...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Chinese HIV experiment prompts call for gene-editing controls
    A controversial Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV-immune children has prompted New Zealand scientists to call for tighter controls around human gene-editing...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 28 Jan 2018

  • Activist who helped legalize medical pot in California, dies
    SAN FRANCISCO — Dennis Peron, an activist who was among the first people to argue for the benefits of marijuana for AIDS patients and helped legalize medical pot in California, died Saturday at 72...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Louisa Wall and Tamati Coffey co-host Auckland Pride Gala
    Labour's two high profile gay MPs have opened up about their quest to help New Zealand's rainbow community – including greater support for youngsters coming out and calls for a New Zealand-based gender reassignment surgery team...
    Links: NZ Herald

Thu 28 Jan 2016

  • Ann-Marie Stapp - homosexual law reform (Wellington)
    Ann-Marie Stapp talks about her journey from being a long time member of the Salvation Army and gathering signatures for the anti law-reform petition in 1985 to coming out and being in a lesbian relationship in 1986.
    Features: Ann-Marie Stapp
  • "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar"
    Sir Ian McKellen has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the Oscars, questioning why no gay man has ever won a main acting award...
  • Bob Tizard, who voted to free gay men, dies
    Bob Tizard in 2013, flanked by first wife Dame Cath and daughter Judith...
  • Proud to Play registrations close Sunday
    Registrations for Auckland’s Proud to Play sports festival close this Sunday, so get in quick if you were thinking about trying your hand at one of the fifteen sports offered...
  • Stuck in the Middle? Germany and Marriage Equality
    Our Australian neighbours aren't the only ones fed up with the continual delay on marriage equality in their country...
  • “Unacceptable flatmates are painted as villains”
    An organisation that supports transgender people in exercising their human right to access appropriate housing says it is “unacceptable” that the transgender group who advertised for a new flatmate stating they did not want to live with heterosexuals, have been painted as villains by the Human Rights Commission...

Wed 28 Jan 2015

  • Charlie - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Charlie talks about identifying as a non-binary guy.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • Nathaniel - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Nathaniel talks about identifying as a takataapui trans man.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • AUT passes the mark for a Rainbow Tick
    AUT University is vowing to offer staff diversity and inclusion training, and to sponsor Auckland Pride Festival events, after being awarded a Rainbow Tick...
  • Mormons back lgbt rights, to an extent
    "It is one of today's great ironies that some people who have fought so hard for LGBT rights now try to deny the rights of others to disagree with their public policy proposals,: says Dallin H Oaks...
  • Workplace attitudes to lgbt revealed
    hospitality, education and healthcare all rated highly A new survey has found while the majority of New Zealanders say they are accepting of lgbt people, that sentiment does not necessarily extend to the workplace...
  • Youth groups get Govt cash injection
    EquAsian is among the more than 20 recipients A wide range of youth-oriented groups have received funding from the Ministry of Youth Development’s Queer/Trans Grant...

Tue 28 Jan 2014

  • "No gays in Sochi", city’s Mayor claims
    Anatoly Pakhomov As Sochi is about to host the Winter Olympics, its Mayor has made a claim that there are no gay people in the Russian city...
  • NZ updates UN on lgbti rights progress
    Trans passport options are among the positive steps listed in the report...
  • NZDF leader to "walk the walk" at Akl Pride
    Crowd favourite OverWatch in the 2013 Auckland Pride Parade (picture: GayNZ...
  • Review: Blue is the Warmest Colour
    Blue is the Warmest Colour Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Starring: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux R18, 187 min Probably going on for longer than it should, stupendously dramatic and full of raucous over the top sex – Blue is the Warmest Colour is in every way the agonising deliciousness of the torrid lesbian romance it portrays so well...

Sat 28 Jan 2012

  • Goulter nabs senior role with Mana Party
    Goulter and Harawira at Auckland's Lolabar last year Political junkie Jevan Goulter has landed a job as rebel MP Hone Harawira's Executive Assistant at Parliament, apparently because he's simply regarded as the best man for the job...
  • Lawless laughs off team switching query
    Lucy Lawless as Lucretia New Zealand's straight lesbian icon Lucy Lawless has discussed the respectfulness of her legion of fans, lesbian or not, across the globe...
  • Romance novel with trans heroine hits shelves
    A groundbreaking romance novel featuring a transgender heroine has been published in the US...

Fri 28 Jan 2011

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    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • HRC: Govt. has role in homophobia education
    Rosslyn Noonan The Human Rights Commission has reminded the Government of its role in ensuring that "disturbing" attacks on people because of their sexual orientation will not be tolerated...
  • Outed Ugandan activist battered to death
    David Kato A Ugandan gay activist listed in an anti-gay newspaper campaign has been beaten to death with a hammer in his home...
  • Report crime on K' Rd, Association urges
    The Karangahape Road Business Association is urging anyone who witnesses a crime on the street to report it...
  • Review: Confessions of a Drag Queen
    Ricky Beirao's charming, sometimes funny stories are delivered through an awkward patchwork of scenes, seeming to shy away from what potentially could have been a much meatier production, in favour of a cheap laugh...
  • UK pair charged with promoting homophobia
    Two UK men have been charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation...

Thu 28 Jan 2010

  • Big Gay Out's main stage line-up revealed
    Hosts and performers hitting the main stage at New Zealand's biggest LGBT event, the Get it On! Big Gay Out, will include Annie Crummer, Mika, Cindy of Samoa, Will C Barling, Stephen Oates and drag queens Beaver Brown and Tess Tickle...
  • Mike Puru: "I didn't want to pretend anymore"
    Monday was a big day for The Edge FM Morning Madhouse radio host Mike Puru...
  • Nominations close Sunday for OurFest Awards
    There are only a few days left for Aucklanders to choose which of their LGBT citizens they think are most deserving of gongs at the upcoming OurFest Awards next month...
  • Obama to call for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
    US President Barack Obama will call for the repeal of the long-standing "don't ask, don't tell" policy towards gays serving in the military, says a White House official...

Wed 28 Jan 2009

  • Chch: One last party night at Flamingo Bar
    Miss Mole is closing her Flamingo Bar in central Christchurch with a big night of shows to say goodbye in style this Saturday night...
  • Freedom 09 Queer Youth Hui
    Meeting last weekend at Wellington's Tapu Te Ranga marae, 2009's KAHA Queer Youth Hui was a chance for queer youth leaders to connect and network, with workshops and activities to help inspire and motivate their work in their communities...
  • Icelander poised to be first lesbian PM
    Iceland's Social Affairs Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir could become Prime Minister while the nation's government regroups after the previous PM and his cabinet stood down this week - meaning she'd become the world's first out lesbian leader...
  • Wgtn: Picnic to unveil Sister Paula's bench
    A memorial park bench to honour the memory of the late Sister Paula Brettkelly will be unveiled in Wellington this Sunday...
  • Your guide to Pride '09
    Auckland's Pride '09 Festival starts next week – featuring many returning Hero Festival events and lots of new additions! Here's all the info...

Mon 28 Jan 2008

  • Huge crowd for Sydney's anti-violence vigil
    Almost 1,000 people attended the Reclaim the Right vigil at Sydney's Harmony Park on Saturday, to show their support for victims of homophobic violence and to demand more action from local police and government...
  • Veronica Mills: Wellington's favourite Fag-Hag 2008
    Vee Mills Veronica (Vee) Mills, 22, recently beat over a dozen other straight ladies to take away the coveted title 'Miss Fag-Hag 2008' at a busy contest night in Wellington's SubNine club...

Sun 28 Jan 2007

  • HERO - When girls come out of the woodwork
    The HERO Festival is nearly upon us and February looks to be a busy social month...
  • USA:
    Gay commentary websites are swirling with speculation as to whether a MySpace video for a song titled “The Bible Says” with the chorus “God Hates Fags” was made by an actual fundamental ex-gay preacher, a parody made by a performance artist, or, perhaps, a combination of both...

Sat 28 Jan 2006

  • Big Gay Out - it's a "family" day
    This year's sixth annual Big Gay Out event in Auckland looks set to be another great family day in both the gay "family" and literal sense...
  • Hero Party 2006: Bigger space, more imported DJs
    Just as Auckland's annual glbt festival Hero has clawed its way back from near oblivion, so has the fest-ending Hero Party begun to grow back into the mega-event that it was in the mid-90s...
  • Miss Gloriousole goes mainstream
    Look out conservatives, Hamilton drag icon Miss Gloriousole is going mainstream with her “Viva Le Diva” show...
  • Review: Glam LA tranny adopts obsessive Kiwi motorcyclist
    Did you know there is a glbt plot line in the current NZ movie hit The World's Fastest Indian? No? Well, I didn't either...

Fri 28 Jan 2005

  • Alexander the Great
    Alexander Dir: Oliver Stone Starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto "Try to say something nice to begin with," a supervising editor once suggested when advising how to kick off reviewing a really crap movie...
  • Anti-lesbian poster disowned by Destiny
    A confrontational Destiny Church: vote no to lesbians: It's a sin poster placed on a Mt Albert, Auckland, home directed at lesbian neighbours could not possibly be the work of Destiny Church members according to the group's media spokesperson...
  • Pill Diary: Weeks 10-12
    Weeks 10-12 of the observations of a HIV positive man going onto a standard 'combination therapy' pill regime to boost the immune system and repress the virus...

Sun 28 Jan 2001

Fri 28 Jan 1994

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