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Wed 12 Feb 2020

  • Dwyane Wade recalls the 'proud' moment his 12-year-old come out as transgender
    When Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old daughter came out as transgender, the retired athlete proudly told her, You are our leader and this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice...
    Links: Stuff
  • Jacinda Ardern Confident of Gay Conversion Therapy Ban
    Links: Express
  • Limn Gallery Pop-Up Opening Night
    Links: Express

Tue 12 Feb 2019

  • A judge dismisses the murder charge against the partner of Zena Campbell (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Campbell's body was found in a car in Aro Valley on 11 February 2018. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start. A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two."
  • Cricket: West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel charged following 'nothing wrong with being gay' counter
    English cricket fans reportedly sang gay anthems when West Indies batsman Shannon Gabriel was batting in the third test in St Lucia today following a sledging interaction with England skipper Joe Root yesterday...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Joe Root tells rival bowler: 'There's nothing wrong with being gay'
    Joe Root responds to West Indies bowler's taunt, with "nothing wrong with being gay" remark...
    Links: Stuff
  • Lee Suckling: Kiwi reporter's homophobic attack on K'Rd a wake-up call
    COMMENT: I felt both sickened and unsurprised this morning when I learned that my colleague Aziz Al-Sa'afin was the victim of a hate crime...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Trial begins for Paddy Jonathan Woods, the man accused of murdering Zena Campbell
    Man charged with the murder of a transgender woman to stand trial in Wellington today...
    Links: Stuff
  • ‘I’m Not Really into Homosexuality’ – Simon Bridges Remarks Resurface
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi-Samoan Takes Out Mr. Gay New Zealand Title
    Links: Express
  • Kroad Valentine’s Day #LoveKroad
    Links: Express
  • Out and About at #OURMARCH with express
    Links: Express

Mon 12 Feb 2018

  • Dana de Milo dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Facebook
  • Big Gay Out cancellation dampens hopes for change
    Heavy rain yesterday forced the cancellation of Auckland's iconic Big Gay Out festival for the first time in its more than 30-year history...
    Links: RNZ
  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 12 February 2018
    Nauru plans to drop Australia's high court in favour in creating it's own...
    Links: RNZ
  • Heavy rain forces cancellation of Big Gay Out
    Heavy rain yesterday forced cancellation of Auckland's iconic Big Gay Out festival - for the first time in its more-than-30-year history...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lee Suckling: Is the gym killing your sex drive?
    As the Winter Olympics kicked off in Pyeongchang this weekend, South Korean condom manufacturer Convenience Co...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Sexual orientation question should be in census - Shaw
    Although yesterday's Big Gay Out in Auckland was rained off, there was some good news for New Zealand's LGBTQI community, with the Minister of Statistics James Shaw announcing plans for a sexual identity question to be included in the national census...
    Links: RNZ
  • Teacher fired after posting her same-sex wedding pictures online
    A gay primary school teacher has been fired after posting her wedding photos online because they showed she allegedly "broke her contract"...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • In Conversation: David Butler and Ciarin Smith – Legacy Project 5
    Links: Express
  • Man Who Infected Partner With HIV Has Sentence Reduced
    Links: Express
  • PrEP To Be Publicly Subsidised In Australia
    Links: Express
  • Review: Legacy Project 5
    Links: Express

Sun 12 Feb 2017

  • The Big Gay Out: Oh what a day! (Pt1)
    On a partly overcast and very, soooo very, humid Auckland Sunday thousands of glbti people and our friends and supporters converged in Coyle Park for the annual Big Gay Out...

Fri 12 Feb 2016

  • Part 1 - The Book That Turned the Light On - Same Same But Different writers festival (Auckland University of Technology)
    Audio from the session: The Book That Turned the Light On - Part 1.
    Features: Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Joanne Drayton, Paul Diamond, Paula Boock, Peter Wells, Susannah Walker
  • Roy Ayling and Norman Gibson (Auckland)
    Miriam Saphira talks about her father Norman and his relationship with Roy. The two men met as soldiers during WW1 and formed a very close bond - was it homosexual, homosocial or something else?
    Features: Miriam Saphira
  • The Book That Turned the Light On Part 2 - Same Same But Different writers festival (Auckland University of Technology)
    Audio from the session: The Book That Turned the Light On - Part 2.
    Features: Cole Meyers, Jeremy Hansen, Michael Stevens, Victor Rodger, Whaitiri Mikaere
  • Diversity Reigns For Mr Gay NZ 2016
    Links: Express
  • Heteroperformative: An Insider’s Guide to Identity
    Links: Express
  • Words words words
    'Is the most writing you do in a day replying to a Grindr profile? Or working out how to make yourself appealing, inscrutable and - available? Well, the news is you're using words and words are still the building block of our world...

Thu 12 Feb 2015

  • Kevin Hague to Contest Green Party Co Leadership
    Links: Express
  • Legacy Project Review
    Links: Express
  • Nick Jonas to Perform at Mardi Gras Party
    Links: Express
  • Review: Stutterpop – Auckland Fringe
    Links: Express
  • The Vanished "Ruins" of "Sodom"
    Where did Logan Robertson's particularly vitriolic form of homophobia come from? Welcome to the phantom neverworld of "Sodom and Gomorrah", and "sodomy...

Wed 12 Feb 2014

  • Wall zeroes in on gender identity protection
    Louisa Wall Marriage equality champion Louisa Wall has launched a crusade for protection from discrimination based on gender identity to be included in the Human Rights Act...

Tue 12 Feb 2013

  • Mr Gay NZ 2013: Chris Olwage
    New Mr Gay New Zealand Chris Olwage says he is overwhelmed at the win, and is determined to show people he has plenty to offer the community and is more than just a pretty face...

Sun 12 Feb 2012

  • Wendy and Melanie - Queen of the Whole Universe
    Features: Melanie Church, Wendy Cunningham
  • Andreas Derleth wins Mr Gay New Zealand 2012 (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: GayNZ
  • Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland
    It is estimated 14,000 people attended
  • NOON: Colour and aromas mingle as BGO kicks off
    Dianne Ryan wipes a GABA hospitality tent table after a spot of rain 12 NOON: The sky is clearing and hurried last minute preparations are being attended to as the Get It On Big Gay Out opens at Auckland's Coyle Park...

Sat 12 Feb 2011

  • Trans protection bill progresses in Canada
    Canada's House of Commons A bill to protect transgender Canadians from discrimination has passed its third reading in the House of Commons...

Fri 12 Feb 2010

  • Review: Goldilocks and the Three Queers
    Goldilocks For show details about Goldilocks   ...

Thu 12 Feb 2009

  • Topp Twins movie trailer released
    The official trailer for the Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls film documentary has been released, showing the twins talking candidly about their coming out, the struggle for gay law reform in the 1980s, and Jools' recent battle with breast cancer...

Tue 12 Feb 2008

  • UK: "Some people are gay. Get over it!"
    For the next two weeks people across the UK will be confronted with a positive message about gay people from 600 billboards...

Mon 12 Feb 2007

  • Safe sex facts - texted to your mobile
    In what is believed to be a first for Australasia, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Gay Men's Health team has this week launched an interactive safe sex texting service...

Sun 12 Feb 2006

  • Mayor Dick
    When Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard took the stage at today's Big Gay Out in Coyle Park, he assured the crowd he wasn't going to sing or dance, but instead sent blessings to the gathered glbt folk...

Sat 12 Feb 2005

  • Wgtn High students respond to Destiny
    Wellington High students campaigning to get Destiny Church out of their school will speak out on radio tomorrow in an effort to get their voices heard, following a rebuff from school principal Prue Kelly...

Thu 12 Feb 2004

  • Huge increase in BGO survey participants
    A huge increase in the number of Ansell Big Gay Out attendees participating in the NZ AIDS Foundation's major research project, the Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey, has pleased the Foundation...

Wed 12 Feb 1997

  • Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is launched (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The book is launched in the Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain.

Tue 12 Feb 1985

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