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Mon 8 Feb 2021

  • Lack of progress on birth certificate law change frustrates transgender community
    An Auckland woman has been campaigning for more than 10 years for a change to the law, saying the current process is too lengthy and complicated...
    Links: Stuff
  • 2 x Tickets For The Tom Sainsbury Love Hour
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets To Estère – Into The Belly Of Capricorn 
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to Legacy Vogue Ball 
    Links: Express
  • 3 x Double Passes to CHCH Pride’s Leather and Lace Party
    Links: Express
  • 5 x Hand-Poured Kiwi-Made Candle Crush Candles
    Links: Express
  • Initiative Tackling Period Poverty An Important Part Of The Warehouse Group’s...
    Links: Express

Sat 8 Feb 2020

  • Married British TV presenter comes out as gay
    British Dancing on Ice presenter Phillip Schofield has received an outpouring of support after revealing he is gay...
    Links: RNZ
  • Rain Dove - Activist and "gender capitalist" model
    Rain Dove is a non-binary activist, and 'gender capitalist' model (they work as both male and female) who seeks to actively challenge beauty standards and gender norms...
    Links: RNZ
  • Thousands turn out for gay pride march in Auckland
    About 7000 people have taken part in a gay pride march through central Auckland today...
    Links: RNZ
  • Thousands turn out for gay pride march in Auckland
    About 7000 people have taken part in a gay pride march through central Auckland today...
    Links: RNZ
  • 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
  • US church set to welcome first lesbian bishop
    The Michigan diocese of the Episcopal Church is about to welcome its first female and first openly lesbian bishop this weekend...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Crowd Control Officials Estimate 6,000+ Attendance at OurMarch 2020
    Links: Express
  • Religious Protesters Return To Auckland Pride
    Links: Express

Fri 8 Feb 2019

  • Being the parent of a transgender child
    How should you react when your teenage child tells you they're transgender? ...
    Links: RNZ
  • SQUIRT - Fringe Festival Show
    Kate made a discovery...
    Links: Scoop

Thu 8 Feb 2018

  • Home and Away to introduce gay character despite previous controversies
    Home and Away is set to introduce a gay character to Summer Bay in the coming months, pushing aside criticism that the soap doesn't feature enough diverse characters...
    Links: Stuff
  • Body Positivity Championed In Nude Male Photo Project
    Links: Express
  • Night Of The Queer Debut
    Links: Express

Wed 8 Feb 2017

  • ‘Please Like Me’ Cancelled
    Links: Express
  • February: Ask Agony Uncle Eli
    Links: Express
  • Gender Bender Shakes Up Shakespeare
    Links: Express
  • It Is What It Is, And It Ain’t What It Ain’t
    Links: Express
  • Lady Gaga Teases Cameo on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season Premiere
    Links: Express
  • Pornhub Launches New Sexual Wellness Centre
    Links: Express
  • GABA awards 21 Pride grants
    Despite having to postpone its annual November fundraising auction, the GABA Charitable Trust has been able to support 19 different groups with grants for the upcoming Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV meds up $20m while prevention underfunded
    While the government's funding of HIV prevention work has remained static since 2009, and actually dropped if inflation is taken into account, the annual cost to taxpayers of treating people contracting HIV has soared over that period...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ministry in dark on HIV prevention cost benefits
    At a time of surging HIV infection diagnoses and continuing criticism of the Government for lessening its commitment to funding HIV prevention work it has emerged the Ministry of Health has no clear information on the cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention, treatment and research programmes on which to base funding decisions...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Feb 2016

  • HLR30 Hands On (Wellington)
    Creek talks about HLR30 Hands On - a massage event to show appreciation to the people who fought for homosexual law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Creek
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Ak Pride festival in pictures
    The Auckland Pride Festival is well under way with a weekend of colourful and fun events for glbti people and their friends and supporters...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • French man facing prison for anti-gay tweets
    A French man is having prison time for tweeting an anti-gay death threat to the openly gay deputy mayor of Paris...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Feb 2015

  • Ask Agony Aunt Lisa – Lonely House Husband
    Links: Express
  • Cheers for Little, Jeers for Key at Big Gay Out
    Links: Express
  • Meet Our Community – Kita Mean
    Links: Express
  • Production Problems Plague Pride Gala
    Links: Express
  • 11.15am: Stage set for day of lgbti fun
    11...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Banks, pols, food welcome BGO crowds
    The ASB and Falcons stand 12...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out live reports!
    7...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out live reports!
    7...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cheers as Little praises NZAF and HRC
    Labour leader Andrew Little has been greeted by cheers and whistles as he took to the Big Gay Out stage to praise the NZ AIDS Foundation and call for support for the Human Rights Commission...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • In pictures: The Pride Gala
    The Auckland Pride Gala showcased some of the artists who will perform during the Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Midday: Range of stalls ready at BGO
    Artspace has a gold lamé tent set up promoting its lgbti artist programme Midday: Food smells are starting to waft over Coyle Park in Auckland’s Pt Chevalier, as the Big Gay Out gets underway...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • PM loudly booed at BGO appearance
    Prime Minister John Key on stage at the Big Gay Out Prime Minister John Key has been loudly booed as he took the stage at this afternoon's Big Gay Out in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sun forecast to appear at Coyle Park
    Some of the cloud is forecast to clear for this afternoon’s Big Gay Out...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Feb 2014

  • 'No way to prove' contestants' sexuality
    The six men who have applied to be Mr Gay New Zealand The organisers of Mr Gay New Zealand have responded to concerns at least one of the contestants is actually straight, and possibly pulling the wool over their eyes, by saying there is no way to prove the candidates' sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Activists arrested as Sochi Games open
    Gay rights activists were arrested in St...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ali Mau to hit the airwaves on Monday
    Ali Mau (right) with partner Karleen Edmonds at last night's Pride Gala (picture Andrea/GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • In pictures: The Pride Gala
    Check out some of the beautiful pictures our photographer Andrea snapped from the amazing Auckland Pride Gala! Andrea R - 8th February 2014    ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Pride Gala and Mika's Mardi Gras
    The Dust Palace In a packed downtown Q Theatre last night performers from a variety of shows featuring in the Auckland Pride Festival strutted their often remarkable talents...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Unitec announces first trans scholarships
    Unitec's main campus building A challenge to the glbti communities to set up scholarships for trans tertiary students has been responded to by Auckland's Unitec which is first out of the blocks to commit to the financial support of students facing difficulties...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Warm cloudy day forecast for Big Gay Out
    Sunday morning update: The forecast remains mostly the same, with the chance of a shower this afternoon...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Feb 2013

  • A rose among thorns
    Whangarei artist and lesbian Jessie Rose is one hell of a person...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Feb 2012

  • California court strikes down marriage ban
    An appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a ruling declaring California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, unconstitutional...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Four ad describes trans model as "the boy"
    This ad is in a bus shelter on The Terrace in Wellington GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Little expected from "smile and wave" PM
    A gay senior Labour MP says the Prime Minister may attend the Big Gay Out and pose for pictures this Sunday, but the community shouldn’t expect any advances from the John Key-led Government over the next three years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mediaworks pulling "the boy" Top Model ads
    An ad campaign which labels transgender America’s Next Top Model contestant Isis “the boy” is being removed, after complaints it’s offensive to the transgender community...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Volunteers sought for Sunday's Big Gay Out
    Get It On's Rip Roll Ride tattoos (NZAF) Get It On! is after volunteers to do everything from collecting donations and directing traffic, to slapping temporary tattoos on punters and handing condoms at this Sunday’s Big Gay Out in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Who will be Mr Gay NZ 2012?
    Who will take the title from Mr Gay NZ 2011 Aaron Comis? The hunt for the next Mr Gay New Zealand has been narrowed down to four finalists, and you can have your say on who you want to represent us at Mr Gay World in South Africa! Have your say...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Feb 2011

  • "Momentous" change in HIV support funding
    In a ground-breaking move the Ministry of Health has directly funded an HIV positive people's peer support organisation, breaking the decades-long monopoly of the NZ AIDS Foundation on Government funding of support for people living with HIV and AIDS...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out set to be a humid affair
    A fabulous umbrella may be a good idea It's going to be hot, sticky and maybe a little wet at the Big Gay Out in Auckland's Coyle Park this Sunday...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay couple harassed before home burnt down
    WRAL...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Harassed couple starts a new life
    Dave and Kym Zelton The victims of anti-gay hounding which led to the closure of their Christchurch bakery have moved out of the city and are now working on creating an anti-homophobia website...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Resolute Carmen battling to walk again
    Carmen Rupe remains in a Sydney Hospital after a fall in her home which left her with a fractured hip...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Why we love the Big Gay Out!
    Phloss Candy, burlesque princess and lesbian about town "I love BGO because it's a day I can catch up with lots of people I haven't seen in ages, and it's nice to have a chat...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Feb 2010

  • Gore's first civil union couple fears violent reaction
    Two men have committed to each other in what is thought to be the first civil union in the small South Island town of Gore - but fears over a violent reaction from locals mean the couple will not go public with details of their special day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Huge animal line-up for Big Gay Zoo Day
    Auckland's first-ever Big Gay Zoo Day will be a chance to go 'where the wild things are' and also enjoy a concert from Anika Moa and Sola Rosa...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ian Roberts haunted by death of young friend
    Gay ex-Australian rugby league star Ian Roberts remains haunted by the death of a young friend, believing his fear of being labelled a paedophile led him to turn his back on the youth when he should have helped him instead...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Yes, But...
    Although I support the eventual attainment of same-sex marriage proper, I think that we tend to over-romanticise marriage as an institution...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Feb 2009

  • 10,000 crowd makes BGO "huge success"
    7...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out picnic day heating up
    11...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Key retiterates promise to BGO crowd
    3...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Feb 2008

  • Safe Sex Poster Boys
    Bear/leather man Roger Moore The first campaign to feature the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Safe Sex Poster Boys for Gay Men's Health begins this month, with a series of personal statements from the competition winners...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney: Tree planting to launch Mardi Gras
    Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival 2008 launches tomorrow with a symbolic tree-planting ceremony and an interactive online forum...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • WGN: Imerst will now become office space
    The building that was home to Wellington's LGBT nightclub Imerst will now be converted into office space, says the bar manager who was hoping to take over the lease and relaunch the venue...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Feb 2007


  • Last weekend's Wigs on the Waterfront raised more money than ever before, says Karen Ritchie of the Cartier Bereavement Charitable Trust...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • ''Fine Wine, Food and a Film in the Vines''
    An enjoyable evening is planned for this Saturday night (10th February) at Coopers Creek Vineyard at Huapai West Auckland, incorporating award winning wines from their cellar and a gourmet platter of food to be enjoyed relaxing to entertainment followed by the screening of the movie ''De-lovely''...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Anger at Tamihere's 'vicious ranting'
    John Tamihere's latest comments on his Radio Live afternoon talkback programme have prompted angry responses from members of our LGBT communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Art show will raise funds for LGBT youth
    An exhibition of art by gay and gay-supportive artists will open tonight at Auckland's Morgan St Gallery...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch
    The actions of the bouncer who threw two young women out of a central Christchurch bar has disgusted an LGBT youth group in the area and prompted debate over whether the incident was a human rights violation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch: RENT opening to raise NZAF money
    Christchurch's ‘Leap Of Faith Productions' will present the rock opera RENT live onstage, and the opening night will raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the South Island...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HERO Festival: Get fit with Buffy and Bimbo
    ‘The Fabulous Makeover Girls' Buffy and Bimbo are all set to teach Aucklanders a few of their most energetic routines tomorrow evening – in an aerobics workout with a difference...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Makeovers will glam up Big Gay Out
    There's to be free makeovers and red carpet treatment for those attending the Big Gay Out fair day this Sunday, courtesy of the NZAF's Pacific People's Project...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Radio Live's John Tamihere
    Sorry everybody, but we have to report that it's started again – Radio Live's John Tamihere is rabidly pushing his anti-gay barrow… and what follows is not pretty...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • VIDEO: Wigs on the Waterfront 2007
    This year's Wigs on the Waterfront raised more money than ever before - volunteers with their plastic buckets collected $4,405...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Feb 2006

  • Begone, Uneven Legged Spirit of Homosexuality!!!
    Have you ever been 'exorcised' by an irate Pentecostal fundamentalist? Ever wonder what that was all about? Firstly, what are Pentecostals? Arthur Parham founded the Bethel Bible College in Topeka Kansas in 1900...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ Cricket clams up over kiss policy
    NZ Cricket appears to have gone to ground over its policies regarding public displays of affection at its cricket matches, following a controversial incident last month in Napier where two women were threatened with eviction from a cricket match for kissing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF holds weekend wine tasting
    The AIDS Foundation is inviting its members and supporters to a wine tasting event this Saturday at the Awhitu Wines vineyard, just south of Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Remembering Andrew Gilmour
    Andrew Gilmore (Candy Muffin) We were so very very shocked to hear of Andrew Gilmour's death...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Feb 2005

  • Smokefree nights of summer
    There were cheers and jeers nationwide when the smoking ban in restaurants and bars came into effect just on two months ago, along with concerns from some in the hospitality industry that business would be snuffed out along with the last remaining butts...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Feb 2002

  • Christine Fletcher and us
    Political columnist Trevor Barnard, a former openly gay Auckland City councillor, ponders Christine Fletcher's determination to regain the mayoral office, and her relationship with Auckland's gays...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Feb 1996

  • Pride Stories our Mothers never told Us takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The event is organised by the Pride Centre as part of the HERO Festival. It takes place at Footsteps Nightclub and features Mary O'Hagan, Clare Bear Reader, Robert Leak, Karin Kahurangi and Frankie Hill, poet and activist Uma Kali-Shakti, and comedian Philip Patston.
    Links: NZ.com

Wed 8 Feb 1984

  • Television: A man who contracted AIDS overseas is being treated at Taranaki Base Hospital (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP18767.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 8 Feb 1980

  • 600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: GayNZ.net.nz

Tue 8 Feb 1972

  • Television news report: Katherine Mansfield manuscript from 1915 discovered (New Zealand)
    Newsview, ref TZP144383.
    Links: TVNZ

Thu 8 Feb 1962

  • Mika is born (Timaru, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia

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