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Thu 30 Jan 2020

  • Conversion Therapy: Our Human Rights are Still not a Human Reality
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Pride Returns in 2020 with Twilight Parade
    Links: Express

Wed 30 Jan 2019

  • Gay Village killer pleads guilty to eight murders
    A former landscaper in Canada accused of sexually assaulting, killing and dismembering men he met in Toronto's Gay Village district over seven years has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder...
    Links: RNZ
  • Gay's buzzer beater gives Spurs 126-124 win over Suns
    SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs mobbed Rudy Gay after his game-winning shot against Phoenix, but that celebration got a cold dose of reality once they hit the locker room...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Kohi-tātea / January 2019
    Kia ora...
    Links: Lesbian News Aotearoa
  • Serial killer who preyed on Toronto gay village pleads guilty to 8 murders
    A former landscaper charged with killing eight men with ties to Toronto's Gay Village district pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder...
    Links: Stuff
  • Toronto landscaper admits killing eight gay men
    Toronto landscaper has admitted killing eight gay men between 2010-17...
    Links: RNZ
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Removed From Best LGBTI Film Nomination Following Abuse Claims
    Links: Express
  • Florence and The Machine dazzles at The Laneway Festival
    Links: Express
  • Mayor Calls For Exorcisms on LGBT People in Indonesia
    Links: Express

Mon 30 Jan 2017

  • Technology's double-edged sword?
    When steam trains and then cars became a fact of daily life they freed up cities from the filth and disease associated with horse dung and poor diets based on only eating what meat and vegetables could be produced within a few blocks of the consumer...

Sat 30 Jan 2016

  • AKL Pride programme now online
    The Auckland Pride programme is now online for anyone who may not have been able to get their hands on the real deal...
  • AUS PM promises SS marriage support
    The Australian Prime Minister has promised to legalise same-sex marriage if a majority of people support the decision...
  • LarzRanda Bares All
    Mainard Larkin, who performs under the name LarzRanda, came out as trans in 2013 and has been taking the local music scene by storm...
  • Social movement called for to end homelessness
    A wider social movement to fully address outstanding issues of discrimination and exclusion is essential to end LGBTI homelessness says the openly gay Chair of the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, Simon Randall...

Fri 30 Jan 2015

  • Dates announced for Christchurch Pride
    Christchurch Pride will return to the city from 12- 22 March...
  • Norman to step down as Green co-leader
    Green MP Russel Norman has announced he will step down from co-leadership at the party’s AGM in May...
  • Purchas Cup coming to NZ in September
    Rugby tournament the Purchas Cup is crossing the Tasman this year, with the NZ Falcons to play hosts in September...

Thu 30 Jan 2014

  • "I'll marry a man when you do" - heiress
    Gigi Chao (right) and her partner "Since Dad thinks it's so easy for me to switch from gay to straight, I should just leave it for him to demonstrate,” the lesbian daughter of a billionaire property tycoon has responded to his unending public attempts to find her a husband...
  • Divine cast nabbed for Angels in America
    Actress Alison Bruce will appear in Angels in America Auckland's Silo Theatre has brought together a strong cast for its much-anticipated epic Angels in America...
  • Parliament united in support for gay Russians
    Jan Logie reading the motion in Parliament this afternoon Parliament has unanimously passed a motion expressing support for the gay community in Russia in the lead up to the Sochi Olympics...
  • Russian motion lauded as a "huge victory"
    Rawa Karetai from Rainbow Wellington (picture: GayNZ...
  • Watch: "I think gay people need to hear this"
    Arielle Scarcella from Lesbians Explain passionately takes on the Macklemore critics who say a straight man shouldn't advocate for our rights...
  • You need to hear this: Against Me's new album
    A raucous punk album which explores being trans?! Against Me! may have just redefined ground-breaking with their catchy and powerful new record Transgender Dysphoria Blues...

Wed 30 Jan 2013

  • "Urgent dialogue" called for in face of migrant vitriol
    Stephen Rainbow The Chair of OUTLine believes urgent dialogue is needed between GLBT people and “new New Zealanders” with "illiberal views", which were unleashed at the marriage equality select committee hearings...
  • Brownlee says block was about protocol breach
    Gerry Brownlee National says it blocked a move from Charles Chauvel to condemn anti-gay legislation in two African nations because he didn’t let them know about it beforehand, something the gay Labour MP contests...
  • Chauvel blocked in bid to condemn anti-gay moves
    File photo National has blocked gay Labour MP Charles Chauvel from putting forward a motion in Parliament condemning homophobic legislation in Uganda and Nigeria...
  • Marriage Equality: One Man, One Woman? Yeah, Right...
    Family First is once more ruminating hypocritically about the alleged "relationship" between same-sex monogamous marriage and polygamy...
  • McVicar's crime and marriage link slammed
    Garth McVicar A justice campaigner’s claim that “crime will rise if gay couples are allowed to marry” is being described as abhorrent, uninformed and hateful...
  • Oral hearings on marriage equality draw to close
    Robert Sykes and Vincent MacBride-Stewart make their submission Oral submissions on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill have wrapped up...
  • US: Boy Scouts considering removing gay ban
    File photo Boy Scouts of America may end its ban on gay members and allow local clubs to decide their own policy...
  • Who will be Mr Gay NZ 2013?
    Four men are in the running to be Mr Gay New Zealand 2013...
  • Your submissions: Bill Logan
    Verbal submissions have wrapped up on the marriage equality bill today, with Wellington celebrant, counsellor and long-time gay rights campaigner Bill Logan among the last to speak...

Mon 30 Jan 2012

  • "Amazing" person sought for Otago support role
    File photo A new Queer Support Coordinator is being sought at Otago University Students’ Association...
  • Still time to sign up to FebFast, organisers say
    The Drug Foundation says there is still time to sign up for FebFast, an initiative where participants take a break from alcohol which this year has selected Rainbow Youth as one of its charity recipients...
  • UN boss urges Africa to respect gay rights
    Ban Ki-Moon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged African countries to respect gay and transgender rights, saying “discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as one of the injustices that has been ignored or even sanctioned by many States for too long”...

Sun 30 Jan 2011

  • Karen Ritchie profile (Auckland)
    Karen Ritchie talks about growing up and the Cartier Trust
    Features: Karen Ritchie

Sat 30 Jan 2010

  • Aussies 'Wear It With Pride' for LGBT equality
    A new T-Shirt campaign fronted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte aims to spread the word about 85 law reforms for LGBT relationship equality in Australia...
  • Punk-cabaret star Amanda Palmer joins Aroha Fest
    Boston-based bisexual punk-cabaret artist Amanda Palmer has joined the busy line-up of entertainers confirmed for Auckland's Aroha Festival in March...
  • Weatherman's gay mag cover shocks BBC bosses
    BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker has surprised his bosses by appearing on the cover of a gay fitness magazine in just a small pair of shorts...

Fri 30 Jan 2009

  • Hero Party's urgent call for drag queens
    The team creating next month's Hero Party say they've got a big cast of entertainers lined up for the 'monster' party - but are now in need of a new drag show as the Caluzzi girls are not available...
  • HIV+ 'Collective Thinking' editor dies
    Aaron McDonald, editor of the NZ AIDS Foundation's Collective Thinking magazine for HIV+ people, has died of an HIV-related illness at his family home in Ashburton...
  • Ian Thorpe's still not gay
    After being snapped by paparazzi on holiday with his fit friend, Aussie Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has again responded to intense rumours about his sexuality, telling newspapers "I'm not gay...
  • Steven s Civil Union
    Stan and Steve Kerikeri couple Steven and Stan got together thirteen years ago after being introduced through a mutual friend...

Wed 30 Jan 2008

  • AUS: Faker's lead singer comes out
    Nathan Hudson, lead singer of Australian alternative pop band Faker, has revealed he's gay to a Sunday magazine...
  • Editorial: William Golding and the vortices of vitriol
    What to do about fights in our Forum? It would be a brave person who tried to argue that what is so often blithely referred to as the glbt community actually exists in some coherent and tangible form...
  • Glamazons plan video with NZ Idol winner
    Wellington's drag divas The Glamazons are filming their next video - with a guest appearance from NZ Idol winner Rosita Vai - this Saturday 2 February, and they say they're looking for a crowd of extras to appear in it...
  • Now Chch will crown its best Fag-Hag
    Following on from the success of the recent Fag-Hag contest at Wellington's FAG party, the owner of Christchurch's LGBT nightclub CRUZ says he's pleased to announce the inaugural Miss Southern Fag-Hag Contest...
  • Singers needed for WGN Gay Men's Chorus
    Both tops and bottoms — singers that is — are being sought for the recently formed Wellington Gay Men's Chorus...

Tue 30 Jan 2007

  • Austria: Sex change therapy
    A twelve-year-old from Vienna, Austria is believed to be the youngest person in the world to start a sex-change procedure...
  • Civil Unions Bill filed in Hawaii
    Legislation to legalize civil unions has been filed in the Hawaii state legislature, but how far it will advance is unknown...
  • Comment: Maxim Institute in transition?
    The Maxim Institute seems to be transitioning into what it always said it was - a centre-right policy and research institute...
  • Moscow mayor: Gay parade
    Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov branded Gay Pride parades a "satanic act" and vowed to stop any attempt by homosexuals to march through Russia's capital this year, Russian news agencies reported...
  • UK: Church overruled on gay adoption
    Britian will not exempt Catholic adoption agencies from a new anti-discrimination law that the agencies say would not allow them to refuse to place children with gay couples, Prime Minister Tony Blair says...
  • VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: More Jelly Wrestling at Family
    We've done it again… GayNZ...

Mon 30 Jan 2006

  • Barrymore To Stay in UK
    Having participated in UK Celebrity Big Brother, actor Michael Barrymore has told the Sunday Mirror that he plans to stay in Britain, hoping to relaunch his television career there...

Sun 30 Jan 2005

  • Syphilis increase may be natural cycle
    The increase in syphilis cases seen in New Zealand and around the world is not necessarily linked to growing complacency about safer sex but actually a natural cycle of the disease, according to a new study published in the medical journal Nature...

Tue 30 Jan 1917

  • Writer W. Somerset Maugham and his lover Gerald Haxton briefly visit Wellington en route to Tahiti (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia,

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