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Fri 14 Feb 2020

  • Living In Death’s Shadow: Personal Stories Of The AIDS Epidemic
    andnbsp; A new book by University of Auckland historian Dr Cheryl Ware looks at the intimate lives and memories of HIV-positive gay men in Sydney between 1982 and 1996...
    Links: Scoop
  • Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history
    Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku: “Inclusivity is an assumption”
    Links: Express
  • Smollett Facing New Charges Over Hate Crime Hoax
    Links: Express

Thu 14 Feb 2019

  • Chechnya: renewed persecution of lesbian, gay and bisexuals
    GENEVA (13 February 2019) – Russia must act urgently to protect the rights of people who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay or bisexual in Chechnya, and investigate allegations of human rights abuses including two reported deaths, say UN rights experts*...
    Links: Scoop
  • NASA's Mars Rover pronounced dead
    US space agency NASA has called time on its Mars Rover, Opportunity...
    Links: RNZ
  • New Zealand is not safe, not when people are attacked for who they are
    OPINION: We cannot claim to be decent, not when people are bashed just for being gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • Patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after sterilisation error
    Children and the elderly are among the fifty-five patients who may have been exposed to surgical equipment that wasn't properly sterilised at Hawke's Bay Hospital...
    Links: RNZ
  • Top Stories for Thursday 14 February 2019
    Govt dismisses claims China stalling on ministers' visas; Auckland homes delayed by airforce base noise; Industry trainers warn govt over proposed polytech merger; Merger proposal to give trainers more say - Education Minister; Patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after sterilisation error; Select committee submitters lose out in political spat; 'We were ready' - David Carter on select committee spat...
    Links: RNZ
  • West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel cops ban over anti-gay slur at England's Joe Root
    England captain Joe Root called the West Indies bowler out over alleged remark: "There's nothing wrong with being gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing Announced As Most Iconic Person of...
    Links: Express
  • New Study Shows Children From Same-Sex Families Excelling in School
    Links: Express
  • Out and About With express: Big Gay Out After-Party 2019 @...
    Links: Express
  • Valentines Day and Beyond: express’ Top Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Picks to...
    Links: Express
  • Working Group for New Auckland Pride Established
    Links: Express

Wed 14 Feb 2018

  • A Place to Stand (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Jan Logie pays tribute to Dana de Milo, speaks about having a place to stand and then talks about some of the issues relating to rainbow communities that still need to be addressed
    Features: Jan Logie, Trevor Mallard
  • Transgender woman becomes first in the world to breastfeed
    A transgender woman has become the first in the world to exclusively breastfeed her baby despite not giving birth nor undergoing gender-reassignment surgeries...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • GABA Charitable Trust Becomes Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust
    Links: Express
  • Mr Gay NZ Winner Announced
    Links: Express
  • Paramore at Spark Arena
    Links: Express

Tue 14 Feb 2017

  • The children's fairy tale book Promised Land is published (New Zealand)
    The book is co-authored by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris.
  • Adele Pays Tribute to George Michael at the Grammys
    Links: Express
  • Croatia Demonstrates After Club Attack
    Links: Express
  • Ending HIV Big Gay Out: After Party
    Links: Express
  • I Hate You, I Hate You, I Hate You, Because I...
    Links: Express
  • NZ Shortlisted for Best LGBT+ Destination
    Links: Express
  • The Auckland Pride Festival Grab Bag
    With such a mixed bag of events this year at the Auckland Pride Festival, we bring you a grab-bag of sorts - a run-down of a few of the events that may have got lost in the noise and are worth checking out!   Sea Change There is no doubt that this performance will be anything less than breathtaking...

Sun 14 Feb 2016

  • Kiwi women excell in P2P road race
    Judith Thompson with her gold medal Nineteen gay athletes competed in this morning's Proud to Play Road Running race with the New Zealander Judith Thompson taking the gold medal in the women's 10k race...

Sat 14 Feb 2015

  • Hamish Allardice profile (Wellington)
    Hamish Allardice talks about being bullied at school, abuse, addiction and recovery.
    Features: Hamish Allardice
  • Wild Blue Yonder – Garnet Station
    Links: Express
  • Tough choice made to can Out in the Park
    UPDATED: Out in the Park's been cancelled after careful and long consideration from disappointed organisers, who will now negotiate with Wellington City Council about the possibility of holding the event in March...

Fri 14 Feb 2014

  • Review: Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys
    If you are in the city this weekend, treat yourself and stop by The Basement carpark...

Thu 14 Feb 2013

  • Voting against HLR Lockwood's "biggest regret"
    Lockwood Smith Lockwood Smith has used his final speech in Parliament to express his regret at voting against homosexual law reform...

Tue 14 Feb 2012

  • A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand)
    Links: Gay NZ
  • Philip Patston pens chapter for confronting book
    Gay kiwi diversity campaigner Philip Patston has written a chapter in a book with the biting title Why are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? The confronting read is being launched in San Francisco today and aims to challenge not just the violence of straight homophobia, but the hypocrisy of "mainstream gay norms" which its authors claim dictate that the only way to stay safe is to act straight; by getting married, joining the military and adopting kids...

Mon 14 Feb 2011

  • Reggae star's fans blame gays for his arrest
    Mark Myrie, aka Buju Banton Fans of a Grammy-winning anti-gay Jamaican reggae artist are blaming gay activists for their hero standing trial for the second time on USA federal drug trafficking charges that could put him in prison for life...

Sun 14 Feb 2010

  • 12,000 picnicked and partied at Big Gay Out
    6pm: Police estimate 12,000 glbt people, families and friends packed into Auckland's Coyle Park for today's Get It On Big Gay Out picnic and fun day...

Sat 14 Feb 2009

  • Violence in our relationships: Breaking the silence
    Rihanna The latest celebrity scandal to hit the headlines is not about weight, botox or secret liaisons...

Thu 14 Feb 2008

  • Ron Brown phone line live 1-7pm today
    A police phone line will be answered live this afternoon by a gay-friendly Diversity Liaison Officer in the hope that gay or bi men will more readily come forward with information about the late Ron Brown...

Wed 14 Feb 2007

  • USA: Former NBA basketballer comes out
    In a groundbreaking revelation that is reverberating around the NBA basketball network, former player John Amaechi has become the first professional basketball player to openly identify himself as gay...

Tue 14 Feb 2006

  • Newtown Gay Fair approaching
    Wellington's Newtown Festival will be two weeks long this year, with the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair during the final weekend of the programme...

Mon 14 Feb 2005

  • PM Clark's warning to Destiny
    Destiny church is whipping up a lot of hate, says Prime Minister Helen Clark, and there is absolutely no possibility of a Labour coalition with the political church should it's political wing get into parliament at the general election later this year...

Thu 14 Feb 2002

  • Ten Years of the Quilt
    The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1991 – 2001 "Te Kuira Mauwhakamaharatanga mo ratou kua mate it te mate kino" 5 October 2001 marked ten years since the first public unfolding ceremony of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt...

Sat 14 Feb 1987

  • Television news report: the World Health Organisation reports 2,000 more AIDS cases in the last month (New Zealand)
    There are currently 40,000 cases world wide. 6.30pm news, ref F92297.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Mon 14 Feb 1977

Sun 14 Feb 1971

  • Television news report: interview with Mayor of Mount Roskill Keith Hay (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Hay would later become a staunch opponent of homosexual law reform. This Day, ref TZP107523.
    Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

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