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On This Day: 7th February

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Tue 7 Feb 2023

  • The beginnings of PrideNZ.com (Rutherford House)
    Alison Day interviews Gareth Watkins, the founder of PrideNZ, about the website and how it came about
    Features: Gareth Watkins
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out postponed until March due to flood damage
    The venue is unsafe to use and Auckland Council needs more time to repair damage, organisers say...
    Links: RNZ
  • LGBTQ travel: The world’s best Pride festivals for 2023
    Ride the rainbow around the world and celebrate Pride...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Rainbow Springs birds: Ten offers made to rehome Rotorua-based kea, kākā and weka
    More than 150 individual wildlife have been rehomed since Rainbow Springs closed...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Exclusive: Auckland’s Big Gay Out Postponed
    Links: Express
  • Hairsuit Happiness: Photos From Tri Nations
    Links: Express

Mon 7 Feb 2022

  • Act will vote for conversion therapy ban, but could switch vote at third reading
    The Act Party's ten MPs will vote for a bill to ban conversion therapy when it comes up for its second reading today...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Queen City shows its Pride for historic march
    To mark the 50th anniversary of the first gay liberation marches led by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku in 1972, Auckland Pride is launching its first ever Takatapui Festival...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Teenage catfish allegedly lure three gay men to a park before assaulting them
    A group of teenage boys allegedly catfished three gay men on a dating app before assaulting them at a Melbourne park...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 7 Feb 2021

  • Paparoa Pride Parade takes place (Northland region, New Zealand)
    The parade starts at 5pm from the Thirsty Tui Hotel
    Links: Facebook

Fri 7 Feb 2020

  • TV presenter Phillip Schofield comes out as gay after 27 years of marriage
    The British TV presenter who began his television career in NZ has revealed he is gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • Lexie Matheson – Senior New Zealander of the Year Nomination is...
    Links: Express
  • Pete Buttigieg Makes History as First Gay Candidate to Win Iowa...
    Links: Express

Thu 7 Feb 2019

  • 10-year plan to end AIDS in the US
    IAS statement on President Trump’s announcement of 10-year plan to end AIDS in the US ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Annual Rainbow Auckland BBQ Mixer: Out and About with express
    Links: Express
  • Out and About With express: Opening Night of Homos, or Everyone...
    Links: Express

Wed 7 Feb 2018

  • How the media can tell better trans stories
    Ahead of this weekend's LGBTQI writers' festival at AUT, The Wireless sat down with speaker and Shortland Street writer Cole Meyers...
    Links: RNZ
  • No political pressure in HIV drug funding call - Pharmac
    Pharmac is rejecting any suggestion it reacted to political pressure to fund a new anti-HIV drug...
    Links: RNZ
  • NZ to publicly fund HIV prevention pill. It costs just $5 for a three-month supply
    New Zealand is about to become one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund an HIV prevention drug...
    Links: Stuff
  • Pharmac to fund Truvuda for 4000 people
    The Aids Foundation says wider access to the key drug Truvada is a game-changer that could slash rising HIV infection rates...
    Links: RNZ
  • Pharmac to widen access to HIV drug
    People with a high risk of HIV have been granted access to a preventative treatment, the government's drug buying agency Pharmac has annnounced...
    Links: RNZ
  • Vistaprint: Gay couple wedding program mix-up unintentional
    BOSTON — The CEO of a printing company accused of sending religious pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin to a gay couple who ordered wedding programs says it was an unintentional order mix-up...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Grindr and Jack’d Found to Have “Major Privacy Weaknesses”
    Links: Express
  • Pharmac is Widening Access for PrEP
    Links: Express

Tue 7 Feb 2017

  • RainbowYOUTH Open Day and History Exhibition Launch
    Links: Express
  • Seduction, Passion, Obsession – RNZB’s First Season of 2017
    Links: Express
  • The Super Bowl LI LGBT+ Round-Up
    Links: Express
  • Thousands Protest at NYC’s Stonewall Inn
    Links: Express
  • Trapped in a Supermarket
    Links: Express
  • Big Gay Out: Getting around
    Wanting to find your way around Auckland's Big Gay Out this Sunday? Check out the event map and start planning the perfect spot to set up camp for the day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jackson "too homophopbic" for Labour
    An open letter available for signing by members of the Labour party claims politician and broadcaster Willie Jackson is  “a little uncomfortable with gay men” and should not become a Labour candidate at the forthcoming general election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • LGBTI stall at Christian festival felt forced to pack up
    A LGBTI stand at the recent Festival One Christian festival was taken down before the end of the weekend after festival organisers asked the group running the stand to remove all references to sexuality and gender diversity to make the stall “family friendly”...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 7 Feb 2016

  • Pride: The Spectacular Staircase Reunion
    Links: Express
  • GLBTI lives: Craig Watson
    With Proud to Play kicking off in one weeks time, we get to know a little bit more about the man behind the LGBTI sporting event, Craig Watson...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NPIP will go ahead with boycott rally
    No Pride in Prisons say if police are in fact marching in the parade, as reported by GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 7 Feb 2015

  • Ask Agony Aunt Lisa – The Cheat
    Links: Express
  • Cutting Edge Theatre You Can’t Afford to Miss!
    Links: Express
  • Happy Place – Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Miss Drag Pride Round 1 – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Night of Jazz – Shanghai Lil’s
    Links: Express
  • The Butt of Shakespeare’s Jokes
    Links: Express
  • Big Gay Out A-Z
    On Sunday, Auckland hosts the Big Gay Out at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big screen to feature BGO tweets and pics
    Use the hashtag #biggayout and make sure you’re following @loveyourcondom to get your pics on 'Big Richard' A huge screen is being set up beside the main stage for the Big Gay Out on Sunday, which will feature tweets and Instagram pictures from the crowd at Pt Chevalier’s Coyle Park, in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mika to release album at Big Gay Out
    Mika will release a new compilation album at the Big Gay Out tomorrow, the proceeds from which will go to the Aroha Project's anti-bullying and suicide prevention programmes...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • More cash allocated to lgbti youth services
    Nikki Kaye says the funding will help organisations better support lgbti youth Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a second round of funding for lgbti youth support services, with an increased amount of cash available...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Auckland Pride Gala 2015
    Taane Mete If tonight's Gala opening show of the Auckland Pride Festival is a true sampling of what we can expect from the festival as a whole there will be a strongly Maori and Polynesian flavour, a little less sophistication than the last couple of years and a whole heap of come-as-you-are energy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Some tickets still available for Pride Gala
    The best seats in the house have sold out for tonight’s Pride Gala in Auckland, however there are still tickets available...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 7 Feb 2014

  • Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: Gay NZ
  • Art your heart out!
    Among the many fabulous events at Auckland Pride Festival is a stunning visual arts selection, all with free entry: And Then She Said … PulseArt “And then she said…” How many times has this phrase been said or heard? How many heads turn to look or listen? What pearls will be dropped into the momentary silence? PulseArt, a group of six lesbian artists, presents an exhibition that encapsulates a plethora of possibilities and viewpoints...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Google casts a rainbow for gay rights
    Internet giant Google has made a powerful statement in favour of gay rights, with a rainbow-hued Winter Olympics home page picture ahead of the Opening Ceremony...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Govt pumping $55K into lgbti youth services
    Nikki Kaye The Government has announced it will make $55,000 in funding available through the Ministry of Youth Development to help strengthen services available to lgbti youth...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • High-flying Best Float prize announced
    File Photo The winner of the Best Float at the Auckland Pride Parade will win a trip for two to San Francisco...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Men forced to have sex by Nigerian mob
    Picture via Gay Star News A video has emerged from Nigeria which reportedly shows a gay couple being forced to have sex in front of a jeering mob...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Museum bringing rainbow back for Pride
    The Auckland Museum looked stunning last year (Picture by Andrea) Iconic landmark the Auckland Museum is once again coming to the Auckland Pride Festival party...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Youth leaders getting down to business
    Young people from all over New Zealand and the Pacific have gathered for Auckland Pride's first ever Youth Leaders Conference...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 7 Feb 2013

  • Pollyfilla back with Kitsch In Synch and all
    One of New Zealand’s favourite exports is dragging herself back to Auckland to present her latest work “Kitsch In Synch” as part of the Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Three men in the running for Mr Gay NZ 2013
    The three men in the running to be the next Mr Gay New Zealand will be strutting their stuff in Auckland this weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 7 Feb 2012

  • Stephen - Q12 (Auckland)
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • California: Proposition 8 ruling imminent
    A ruling is expected to be made on Wednesday morning New Zealand time, on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a ballot measure which banned same-sex marriage in California...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cocktails and canapes for Auckland fundraiser
    A “pop up” fundraiser will be held in Auckland later this month to raise cash for an annual retreat for HIV positive men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Limited options and 'keeping it real'
    Willie John Ahsee (Pic: TVNZ) Too often Auckland's gay community has been shocked by the violent overreaction of some young men to blatant homosexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ support for glbt rights in Commonwealth clarified
    Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has offered an assurance New Zealand supports a recommendation for Commonwealth nations to end to end the discrimination and criminalisation of gay people, in order to effectively fight HIV and AIDS...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 7 Feb 2011

  • Catwalk strut "a bit stupid" admits PM
    Prime Minister John Key has admitted he was "a bit stupid" to 'mince' down the catwalk during the unveiling of Rugby World Cup volunteers' uniforms last week...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Crimes against glbt people soar in Scotland
    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital Police statistics show a disturbing fivefold increase in reported hate crimes against gays and lesbians in Scotland in the past five years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hair raising and stubble rousing
    Keir and Growler as they've never been seen before If you see a dozen burly, hairy men running down K' Rd in dresses, wigs and heels next week, don't worry, it's not the apocalypse...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • KD Lang up for Canadian music award
    K...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Let’s Have An Auckland Mardi Gras!
    Big Gay Out has become a great day out, not just for the lgbt community but for Aucklanders from different communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mass arrest of Bahrain gay party-goers
    Bahrain Harbour It appears Bahrainian police have arrested over 100 young men, mostly from Bahrain and Gulf countries, after a raid on a private party...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP pushes for Auckland Mardi Gras parade
    Nikki Kaye MP Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye is pushing strongly for Auckland to create a Sydney Mardi Gras-style parade to celebrate the country's biggest glbt community and provide economic benefits for the city...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Turtle Cove recovering and about to re-open
    The Australian tropical glbt resort hammered by cyclone Yasi has begun to pick up the pieces and expects to re-open this Wednesday after suffering "plenty of tree damage but nothing structural to the buildings...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Twins on the way for Moa and Fyfe
    Anika Moa and Angela Fyfe/Azaria Universe Anika Moa and her civil union partner Angela Fyfe are reportedly expecting twins...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 7 Feb 2010

  • Murderer of gay man loses appeal
    A man given a life sentence for murdering a gay man in 2002 has lost his appeal against the conviction...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Unease at paper's 'outing' of Alison Mau
    Gay people with connections to Alison Mau are remaining tight-lipped about today's Herald on Sunday front pager that claims veteran TV presenter Alison Mau is "understood" to be in a relationship with another woman...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 7 Feb 2009

  • Civil Union bill advances in Hawaii
    A Bill which would give same-sex couple all the rights of marriage – but without the 'marriage' name – is advancing, and LGBT equality groups are hopeful it will become law soon, reports 365gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Male escort "set up" in blackmail plot
    An Auckland male escort accused of using a knife to threaten a Nelson man to pay him $500 for his services doubts he'll get a fair trial when he appears in the High Court this week...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sunshine predicted for Big Gay Out
    The MetService weather forecast says Auckland will be fine and sunny tomorrow, so it's all systems go for the Big Gay Out, New Zealand's biggest outdoor LGBT event...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US teen's sex blackmail via Facebook
    A Wisconsin student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook and blackmailing at least 31 male classmates for sex acts after they sent him naked photos of themselves...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 7 Feb 2008

  • "Drizzle won't stop Sunday's Big Gay Out"
    The MetService forecast predicts 'drizzle' for Auckland on Sunday, but the organiser of New Zealand's biggest outdoor LGBT event says its still "all systems go" for a busy Big Gay Out...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Everybody Hates Fred
    Fred Phelps BBC investigative reporter Louis Theroux covered Fred Phelps' obnoxious antigay- or is that anti-human?- fundamentalist church in Topeka Kansas, recently...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • kd lang announces two NZ concerts
    Out lesbian singing star and four-time Grammy Award winner kd lang will perform two concerts in New Zealand in May...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Paris Hilton says she'll star in The L Word
    Paris Hilton has confirmed rumours that she'll make a guest appearance in US lesbian TV drama The L Word...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 7 Feb 2007

  • AUS: Fatal blow for gay marriage
    The Federal Government has dealt a fatal blow to the Australian Capital Territory's plans to legalise gay marriage, rejecting the proposed laws for a second time...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch: Kissing women thrown out of bar
    A Christchurch couple enjoying a night out at a central city bar are outraged that a kiss on the dance floor got them thrown out – apparently because both are women...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fine Wine, Food and Film in the Vines
    An enjoyable evening is planned for Saturday 10 February 2007 at Coopers Creek Vineyard in West Auckland, incorporating award-winning wines from their cellar, a gourmet platter of food, and the screening of the movie ‘De-lovely'...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • More alternative LGBT New Zealand histories
    When I wrote the predecessor to this article, I restricted myself to divergences from 'our' history during the last fifty years and the origins of the second wave of lesbian and homossexual law reform politics in the western world...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • More alternative LGBT New Zealand histories
    When I wrote the predecessor to this article, I restricted myself to divergences from 'our' history during the last fifty years and the origins of the second wave of lesbian and homossexual law reform politics in the western world...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Male
    Snickers removed a controversial Super Bowl ad featuring two men accidentally kissing from its website on Monday evening, and will not rebroadcast the commercial, according to a company spokesperson...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Preacher now
    The disgraced evangelical preacher Ted Haggard has emerged from three weeks of intensive counselling convinced he is "completely heterosexual"...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 7 Feb 2006

  • Groundbreaking theatre: Inside The "Glory Hole"
    "People have asked me, do I have to stick my cock through a hole, or are people going to take all my clothes off," says performance artist and self-described "slag about town" Kneel Halt of his new show Glory Hole, for which he is one of the co-creators...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 7 Feb 2000

  • Snapshot 2000 - Laurence (Sydney)
    Laurence talks about coming out and first sexual experience.
    Links: PrideNZ.com

Sat 7 Feb 1998

  • The Freedom festival and dance party take place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    The Freedom dance party takes place on 14 Feburary at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Various other events take place: an art exhibition 3 - 21 February, a film festival 7 - 13 February, a picnic on 8 February, a cocktail party on 9 February and Bar Olympics on 12 February.
    Links: NZ.com

Fri 7 Feb 1997

Sun 7 Feb 1993

Mon 7 Feb 1944

  • Writer Witi Ihimaera is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia

Sat 7 Feb 1925

  • NZ Truth reports The Dazzling Dandies - a prisoners' extravaganza at New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
    Since 1917, New Plymouth Prison had mainly housed sexual offenders - including homosexualists.
    Links: NZ Truth

This list of events is generated from a number of different sources: media items on PrideNZ.com, archived pages from GayNZ.com, our rainbow timeline and links to rainbow-related stories on other media sites. There may be some inaccuracies - please let us know if you find anything that needs changing. If you would like to see a full list of dates click here