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Wed 9 Feb 2022

  • Conversion Therapy Bill Passes Second Reading Despite 7 Nats Voting Against...
    Links: Express
  • Famine of Beauty – Honey!
    Links: Express

Tue 9 Feb 2021

  • National to support ban on gay conversion therapy after Judith Collins talks to Young Nats and Googles it
    National leader Judith Collins says the party will support a ban on gay conversion therapy after talking to the Young Nats and Googling the issue...
    Links: Stuff
  • New Zealand Defence Force U-Turn On 2021 Pride Participation
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Auckland Pride Gala 2021
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Best of Bear Week (Part One)
    Links: Express

Sun 9 Feb 2020

  • Auckland Pride: Thousands expected at Big Gay Out rainbow event
    New Zealand's largest rainbow event celebrates its 21st birthday...
    Links: Stuff
  • Government commits $300,000 to fund AIDS research
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes a funding boost for Aids research will help ensure the rainbow community is not disadvantaged in healthcare...
    Links: RNZ
  • Government commits $300,000 to fund AIDS research
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes a funding boost for AIDS research will help ensure the rainbow community is not disadvantaged in healthcare...
    Links: RNZ
  • Government To Fund Aids Research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand...
    Links: Scoop
  • Jacinda Ardern sets out details for $1m endowment fund to help gay youth
    Jacinda Ardern used her visit to the Big Gay Out in Auckland to announce a research project into HIV and STI services and give details of a $1 million endowment fund established after the expunging in 2017 of historic homosexual crimes...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces HIV research funding boost
    New Zealand's biggest whānau-friendly rainbow event brightens up Auckland...
    Links: Stuff
  • Writer Aroha Awarau on his new play - Provocation
    It wasn't until 2009 that provocation, a defense killers of gay men used to have the charge downgraded to manslaughter, was struck from New Zealand's law books...
    Links: RNZ
  • Your Mr Gay New Zealand 2020 is Liam Reid
    Links: Express

Sat 9 Feb 2019

  • The first #ourmarch attracts an estimated 3,000 people (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The #ourmarch grassroots event replaced the Auckland Pride Parade which had been held annually since 2013. The march followed the "graduation route", from Albert Park, up Queen Street to Myers Park.
    Links: Gay Express
  • 'There is not a serial killer,' said Toronto police. There was
    For years, members of Toronto's gay community in Canada warned that there was a serial killer on the loose, that vulnerable men were going missing, that the streets were not safe...
    Links: Stuff
  • Gays For Trump: 'We will re-elect him'
    Donald Trump's 2017 tweets about banning transgender people from the military are his only misstep as American president so far, according to Peter Boykin, the founder and president of Gays for Trump...
    Links: RNZ
  • Life sentence for Canadian serial killer who targeted gay men
    Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to life in prison in a trial that gripped the country and shocked the gay community of Toronto...
    Links: RNZ
  • Moe Laga - COVEN
    Moe Laga is a performance artist from South Auckland...
    Links: RNZ
  • Peter Boykin - Founder and president of Gays for Trump
    Peter Boykin is the founder and president of Gays for Trump, an American LGBT organisation that supports US President Donald Trump...
    Links: RNZ
  • Serial killer who stalked and terrorised Toronto's gay village sentenced to life
    For years, members of Toronto's gay community warned that there was a serial killer on the loose, that vulnerable men were going missing, that the streets were not safe...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • First Auckland Pride ‘#ourmarch’ attracts Estimated 3000 People
    Links: Express
  • Groups taking part in Auckland Pride March Confirmed
    Links: Express
  • Matt Holster Wins Mr. Bear NZ 2019
    Links: Express

Fri 9 Feb 2018

  • Kenneth Cole steps down as amfAR chairman amid controversy
    NEW YORK — Fashion designer Kenneth Cole has resigned as chairman of the board of the AIDS charity amfAR...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Sentence reduced for man who gave partner HIV
    An HIV positive man convicted for not taking precautions and infecting his partner has had his jail sentence reduced...
    Links: RNZ
  • Skycity announced as official partner for Mr Gay NZ 2018
    As the finale of Mr Gay New Zealand beckons this weekend, SKYCITY Auckland has been announced as Official Partner for 2018...
    Links: Scoop
  • South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity
    PIERRE, S...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • KIWIFIST Most-Searched Event on Pride Website Thanks to False Claims
    Links: Express
  • Perfume Genius: Nothing to Hide
    Links: Express
  • Review: Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher
    Links: Express
  • Sixth Victim of Alleged Toronto Serial Killer Has Been Found
    Links: Express
  • The Changing Face of Drag
    Links: Express
  • UK Refuses to Block Bermuda From Reversing Same-Sex Marriage
    Links: Express

Thu 9 Feb 2017

  • Amy Adams Goes Part-way
    Links: Express
  • Australia Urged to Fast-Track Approval of HIV Self-Testing Devices
    Links: Express
  • Betsy DeVos Poses Huge Risk to LGBT+ Students
    Links: Express
  • Countdown Ponsonby: Spreading Pride Throughout The Community
    Links: Express
  • First Trans Woman to be in Britain’s Next Top Model
    Links: Express
  • Call for blanket wiping of convictions still stands
    As the Government announces a case-by-case quashing of historic homosexual convictions the call for a blanket wiping of the convictions still stands...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Govt. to quash some historic gay sex convictions
    1...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Historic convictions can be quashed
    Here is the full wording of the government's announcement this afternoon that it has agreed to the case-by-case quashing of historical convictions for gay sex prosecuted under laws made obsolete by the Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986: The Government will introduce a new scheme to address historical convictions for homosexual offences, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HRC: Justice Minister has shown "strong leadership"
    Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley believes Justice Minster Amy Adams has shown “strong leadership” in the decision to quash historic homosexual convictions...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Proving consensual relations may prove difficult
    With the Government announcing today that it will quash historic homosexual convictions, Rainbow Lawyer Stewart Dalley believes that proving the consensual nature of sexual relations that occurred over 30 years ago may prove highly difficult...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Quashing convictions "a very positive move"
    The Government’s decision to quash historic homosexual convictions is “overall a very positive move” according to community advocate and sexual history commentator Michael Stevens...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ricardo Menéndez March: Rallying For Change
    We live in a nation of diverse communities, one which has a history of standing up for what we believe in and coming together as one to have our voices heard...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wilde: convictions quash would have doomed HLR
    The 'mother' of the 1985/86 Homosexual Law Reform Bill that decriminalised adult gay sex says she is sure that trying to get previous convictions for consensual adult gay sex quashed would have doomed the bill...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 9 Feb 2016

  • No Pride In Prisons Says No to Pride Parade
    Links: Express
  • Drag King show now one night only for AKL Pride
    The Little Boys Room will now be a one night only event at Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay couple marry in Australia
    A gay couple have married on Australian soil, despite no marriage equality legislation in the country...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Old Mout Cider ad removed from FB and TV
    A controversial advertisement that some in the LGBTI community believes portrays trans women as liars, has been taken down from the Old Mout Cider Facebook page...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • People like these: Cindy and Ramon
    People Like Us, an original musical show written by Joanna Jayne St John and premiering during the Auckland Pride Festival, features amongst its cast singer/songwriter and documentary maker Ramon Te Wake, high-energy entertainer Cindy of Samoa and designer/performer Zac d'Larte...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 9 Feb 2015

  • Shane - Beyond Rainbows (Auckland)
    Shane talks about identifying as gender fluid transmascbian.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Auckland Pride Festival Gala 2015
    Links: Express
  • LYC Big Gay Out 2015
    Links: Express
  • Big Gay Out pulled another strong crowd
    Around 12,000 to 15,000 people are estimated to have attended yesterday’s Big Gay Out...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kaye exploring further lgbti youth support
    Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has signalled two rounds of funding for lgbti youth group initiatives are just a start...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Little clear on support for lgbti NZers
    Andrew Little has made a firm pledge that Labour’s support for the lgbti community will continue under his leadership...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ Writing: Hate by Diane Sparkes
    Tonight, Auckland Pride Festival poetry reading night All the Words of the Rainbow is being held as part of the Alternative Bindings line-up...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Posthumous honours for lesbian legends
    Porleen Simmonds and Pat Rosier Two iconic lesbians from the Wellington region will be given special posthumous honours at tomorrow night’s Rainbow Pride Community Honours ceremony...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 9 Feb 2014

  • NXT:14 Youth Leaders Conference (Auckland)
    Participants at the NXT:14 Youth Leaders Conference talk about what the conference meant to them.
    Features: Bella Simpson, Duncan Matthews, Toni Duder, unidentified voice(s)
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • He's a Tea Pot?
    Colin Craig has frequently compared himself to the US Republican "Tea Party" faction...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Heat, hustle and bustle as BGO kicks off
    NZDF Overwatch members and supporters at today's Big Gay Out The early morning clouds have parted and Auckland's Coyle Park is a hive of activity as stallholders make last minute adjustments, sound checks are done and the first of the glbti public arrive and settle in...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • In pictures: Staircase Reunion
    The Staircase Reunion went OFF last night, with standing room only at Legend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Politicians coming out for Big Gay Out
    Len Brown at the opening of last year's Pride Parade Auckland’s embattled mayor and the man who gave the infamous ‘Big Gay Rainbow’ speech are among the politicians who will pour into the Big Gay Out in Auckland this afternoon...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Politicians, performers and fun at BGO
    7PM: The exodus is on from Coyle Park after another successful Big Gay Out...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pride preview: Rhubarb gets naughty
    Ricky ‘Rhubarb Rouge’ Beirao is back in New Zealand with a one ‘wo-man’ Auckland Pride Festival show which he promises will flog you into a frenzy, a domanatrix’s saga Lashings of Whipped Cream! Beirao has been a busy boy since he left our shores...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Feb 2013

  • Lesbian heritage walk (Auckland) (Ponsonby)
    Miriam Saphira takes a tour group around some of the historic lesbian sites in central Auckland, New Zealand
    Features: Miriam Saphira
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out 2013 main stage schedule
      GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Big Gay Out to explode with sun and colour
    Big Gay Out organisers say a “colour bomb” is going to go off at tomorrow’s Big Gay Out, where the forecast is for nothing but sun...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Grandkids of Westboro founder leave church
    Megan Roper-Phelps Two granddaughters of the founder of the viciously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church have left, and apologised for the pain they have caused...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • PM to be swarmed by "gay red shirts" at BGO
    A bit of mischief is being hatched by a group planning to surround John Key in a cloud of "gay red shirts" at every photo opportunity at tomorrow's Big Gay Out in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pride's gala opener a hit
    Auckland Pride Gala Q Theatre 9 February 2013 - reviewed by Michael Stevens Pics thanks to Andrea! Well that was a hell of a good night...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Quick-fire QandA: Maree Sheehan
    Musician Maree Sheehan warms us up for her performance at the Big Gay Out with a quick-fire Q   Jacqui Stanford - 9th February 2013...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Quick-fire QandA: Maree Sheehan
    Musician Maree Sheehan warms us up for her performance at the Big Gay Out with a quick-fire Q   Jacqui Stanford - 9th February 2013...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • WTF launches "So F.cking Proud" campaign
    Bold Rainbow Youth campaign WTF is being reinvigorated, with an Auckland Pride Festival tie-in theme of “So F•cking Proud”...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 9 Feb 2012

  • Kail - Q12 (Auckland)
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Coroner makes ruling on Diksy Jones' death
    Diksy Jones was killed in her Upper Hutt flat in 2009 A Coroner has confirmed Lower Hutt transwoman Diksy Jones died from blunt force trauma to the head, caused by the two men who are now in jail for her manslaughter...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lady Gaga returning to Auckland in June
    Lady Gaga is returning to Auckland for a June 7 show at Vector Arena, as part of her Born This Way Ball world tour...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Limited options and escape to safety
    In this second part of a two part feature 'Sione' gives some insights into being gay against a background of homophobic home and street life...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Russia: St Petersburg advances anti-gay bill
    St Petersburg has passed the second reading of a bill which outlaws “homosexual propaganda”, by fining anyone who says or does anything considered pro-gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Uganda's anti-gay bill rears ugly head again
    A Ugandan MP has brought back a notorious anti-gay bill, but has removed a provision where the death penalty would have been enforced for some gay acts...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US: War with the Newt?
    As the US Republican nominee race continues, it is now almost down to two main contenders- former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Washington state passes gay marriage bill
    Washington is poised to become the seventh US state to allow same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 9 Feb 2011

  • Attention bookworms and film buffs!
    It's time to rifle though your bookshelves and DVD stacks to help share the wisdom you have found in queer books and movies with the younger glbt generation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Attention bookworms and film buffs!
    It's time to rifle though your bookshelves and DVD stacks to help share the wisdom you have found in queer books and movies with the younger glbt generation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • BP: HIV test kit retailers face "moral" issue
    The test kit sales homepage 10...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Breakthrough could potentially unlock HIV cure
    Melbourne scientists have made a scientific breakthrough which has the potential to unlock the cure to HIV...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Celebrant clears up civil union terminology
    Michael Bancroft A leading gay civil union celebrant has clarified questions about the correct terminology for two people who enter into a civil union...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV home test kit claims "untrue" and dangerous
    6...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Submissions sought on trans care guide
    A draft guide for medical practitioners caring for transgender people has been released for consultation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Why home testing for HIV is perilous
    The Head Start Testing homepage Head Start Testing makes bold and emotive claims for the new home test HIV kits it has started promoting in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 9 Feb 2010

  • BBC will film Boy George's story
    The story of Boy George's rise to fame will be told in a new BBC drama, with cameras set to roll next month...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cartier's Masquerade Ball announced for November
    Auckland's grand old St...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney Mardi Gras - Start the countdown!
    The Mardi Gras Festival is only a few weeks away, and no one throws a gay party like Sydney! Here's a look at what's in planned across the Tasman...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Torchwood's action man returns... with a boyfriend
    When TV2's intriguing sci-fi drama Torchwood returns this week for a new five-part series, things have heated up between two of its alien-crime-busting crew...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 9 Feb 2009

  • 1978: Harvey Milk vs. the Briggs Initiative
    In the film Milk, there's significant emphasis on the Briggs Initiative, a Californian antigay citizens referendum that was defeated in 1978...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Barnett to Africa for World AIDS Campaign
    At the same time as former Prime Minister Helen Clark is going for a top United Nations job, former Rainbow Labour MP Tim Barnett has secured a major managerial role with the World AIDS Campaign...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Dear Mum and Dad...
    Nervous about coming out to his parents, 18-year old Aaron from Dunedin decided to write them a letter which he hoped would explain everything...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hollywood's 'white knots' for gay marriage
    Musicians including Michael Bublé, Dave Grohl, Adele and Dave Stewart will be wearing white knots at this year's Grammy awards, in a new campaign for same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Feb 2008

  • AUS: HIV+ male sex worker pleads guilty
    An HIV-positive male prostitute has admitted to continuing to work despite having the deadly virus...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Drag divas and MPs help launch OUTLine NZ
    "Last night was a sparkling night of cocktails, entertainment and wonderful people at the Winter Gardens in Auckland Domain for the OUTLine NZ launch," says Neil Denney, General Manager of OUTLine NZ - formerly the Auckland Gay and Lesbian Welfare Group...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HERO: 'Homo-rooting' music with Sydney DJ
    Sydney-based DJ Seymour Butz, visiting Auckland again tonight for this year's HERO Festival, promises to continue his campaign "against the unhealthy diet of feminine, crap, cheesy, inane and banal music that's force fed to homosexuals in saunas, clubs and anywhere else they may congregate...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HERO: All set for youngest dance party ever
    With organisers estimating the average age of attendees at tonight's Prism party will be 18 years old, Rainbow Youth's première HERO Festival event could well be the most youthful LGBT dance party ever held in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 9 Feb 2007


  • National Party Leader John Key needs to come out and decide where he stands on gay issues, says Auckland Central's Labour MP Judith Tizard...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 'Big Gay Out' on-stage schedule revealed
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has now revealed an action-packed entertainment line-up for this Sunday's Big Gay Out fair day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Italy: Gov
    Italy's government has approved a bill granting new rights to de facto couples, including those of the same sex, in spite of strong opposition from the Vatican and resistance from Catholic lawmakers within its supporting centre-left coalition...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New dancefloor design at Family bar
    Regulars at Auckland's LGBT nightclub Family will get a surprise on entering the K' Road venue this weekend – owner Wayne Clark has been busy making significant changes to the layout, and more improvements are planned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Playing it both gay and straight in
    Edwin Wright   ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer youth call for nationwide network
    Young people at the Kaha Queer Youth Hui have called for an independent network organisation to help overcome many of the challenges faced by groups that support LGBT young people...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Study: Western world
    Northern Ireland and Greece have the highest proportion of bigoted and homophobic people in the western world, according to new international research by Professor Vani Borooah...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • To be or not to be, continued
    Fortunately, it seems as if the protease inhibitor bottleneck that obstructed Kaletra's arrival here has eased somewhat, as PLWAs haven't drawn our attention to any new cases of medication stuck in Pharmac and MedSafe's regulatory pipeline...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Yowzaaa! It
    There's so much on at this year's Wellington Fringe Fest, it's hard to know where to start! Here's our GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 9 Feb 2006

  • Brokeback Mountain - channelling Dolly and Bette
    A treasured moment amongst many here in London was to view an advance screening of Brokeback Mountain, the most beautiful romance story told since Romeo and Juliet...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Compass (swinging wildly)
    Why is the Maxim Institute recommending a twenty-four year old jeremiad against abortion and euthanasia at the beginning of the US Christian Right's onslaught against democratic institutions in that country? Well, it may have something to do with the ulterior motives that Schaeffer actually had...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 9 Feb 2005

  • Gail Potter Tilsley Platt Hillman - A subject for treatment
    New Zealand has finally screened Coro's "Todd Comes Out" storyline, leaving the poor bloke sobbing at the ferocity of Gailzilla's attack on his family...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gorgeous kissers needed in Wellington
    The organisers of Gorgeous are calling on members of the Wellington's glbt community to volunteer their lips for kissing booths at the upcoming Gorgeous street paryy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nats: Reviewing Destiny a waste of time
    The National Party is furious at suggestions of a link between themselves and the Destiny Church following pictures of National leader Don Brash seated next to anti-gay Destiny leader Brian Tamaki at Waitangi on Sunday...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 9 Feb 2003

  • Supercharged impotence drug for Kiwis soon
    Men in Australia and Europe now have access to a new 36-hour erection drug...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 9 Feb 1987

  • Television news report: Rev Carl Titchener gives out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America)
    Eyewitness news, ref F58280.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The media reports that the Rev Carl Titchener is giving out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America)
    Titchener, a Unitarian minister in New York, gives out condoms to help prevent the spread of AIDS.

Thu 9 Feb 1978

  • Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia

Mon 9 Feb 1903

  • Writer James Courage is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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