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Mon 15 Feb 2021

  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Phil Goff followed official health advice in keeping Auckland events going
    By RNZ Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is defending public health officials who allowed the Big Gay Out and Prada Cup to continue yesterday despite knowledge of positive cases...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Goff followed official advice in keeping Auckland events going
    Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the advice of health officials was the Big Gay Out and Prada Cup could continue despite knowledge of community Covid-19 cases...
    Links: RNZ
  • Petition Calling For Ban On Conversion Therapy Gains Huge Momentum
    Aotearoa New Zealand is getting on board in record numbers to call for an urgent ban on conversion therapy...
    Links: Scoop
  • $4m Boost For LGBT Youth Mental Health
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Pride Implements Level 3 Festival Plan
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Big Gay Out 2021 (Part One)
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Big Gay Out 2021 (Part Three)
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Big Gay Out 2021 (Part Two)
    Links: Express

Sat 15 Feb 2020

  • Surrogacy: New Zealand families travelling worldwide to have children
    A gay Auckland couple flew their surrogate to the US twice to get their son and daughter...
    Links: Stuff

Fri 15 Feb 2019

  • North Canterbury man says he was shot at for being gay
    Someone yelled homophobic slurs before what sounded like a shot shattered his car window...
    Links: Stuff
  • The Week In Review for week ending Fri Feb 15 2019
    A review of the week's news including...
    Links: RNZ
  • Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça 'Colette'!
    Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life...
    Links: Scoop
  • A Proud Employer: express Meets Some of Vocus Group’s Rainbow Team
    Links: Express
  • Out on the Town: Gay Love Takes Centre Stage at SPLORE
    Links: Express
  • Out on the Town: The Greatest Album of All Time Performed...
    Links: Express
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour After-Party 2019
    Links: Express
  • Score Yourself Tickets To Auckland Arts Festival’s Backbone
    Links: Express
  • Strap in Boys! Meet Designer Jarrad Godman
    Links: Express
  • Who will be Crowned Queen of the South?
    Links: Express

Thu 15 Feb 2018

  • Transgender athlete leads charge into Aussie Rules inclusiveness
    The AFL has decided to allow transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey to play state league football, clearing the way for the 28-year-old to compete at the second tier of women's Aussie Rules in Australia...
    Links: Stuff

Wed 15 Feb 2017

  • Decolonise and Moisturise: The Hot Brown Honey Buzz
    Links: Express
  • French Vogue Has Its First Trans Model Cover
    Links: Express
  • Hot Brown Honey: Foyer
    Links: Express
  • Malaysian Government Promotes Gay Conversion Therapy in Video
    Links: Express
  • Public Schools in NSW Banned From Teaching Gender Theory
    Links: Express
  • Bennett dodges issue of PrEP and research funding
    Deputy PM Paula Bennett has dodged the issue of funding for core HIV attitudinal research and PrEP treatment, while saying the government is committed to the NZ AIDS Foundation's target of 'Ending HIV' transmissions by 2025...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mr Gay NZ defends his condomless sex
    The new Mr Gay New Zealand is defending being active in bareback sex, saying as an HIV-positive man his virus is suppressed to a level that is consistent with NZ AIDS Foundation guidelines and that he always informs sex partner of his HIV status...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rainbow Labour reiterates Little's PrEP promise
    Rainbow Labour has reiterated the party leader's commitment to funding the PrEP HIV prevention treatment should it win the forthcoming general election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Femslick
    Artist Akashi Fisiinaua’s latest show, Femslick, is a sensual composition of political statements turned into dance and performance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Loud and Queer
    As the audience took their seats, on stage the performers were waiting under white bed sheets, giggling with flash-lights, something slightly reminiscent of a pre-teen sleepover...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Trump retains lgbti envoy role and incumbent
    US President Donald Trump will retain the Barack Obama-created position of special lgbti envoy and the gay man his predecessor appointed to fill it...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 15 Feb 2016

  • Fun and Sun at LYC Big Gay Out
    Links: Express
  • Malawi’s Harsh Anti Gay Law Reimposed
    Links: Express
  • Prime Minister Glitter Bombed and Booed Off Stage at LYC Big...
    Links: Express
  • US Supreme Court Justice Hostile to GLBT Rights Dies
    Links: Express
  • We’re Proud to Play
    Links: Express
  • ANZ branch transformed for Pride
    ANZ has this year transformed its Ponsonby branch in Auckland into a large-scale installation to celebrate the Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Causes of soldier's death may never be known
    Corporal Douglas Hughes The full detail of what happened in the lead-up to a serving gay soldier committing suicide while on duty in Afghanistan in 2012 is unlikely to ever be known, according to the politician who led the charge to have the Coroner's decision to close the books on the matter reversed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Church leaders denounce s/s marriage
    Pope Francis has met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in a historic meeting, the first in almost 1000 years between the two churches, during which the leaders have denounced same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obituary: Reagan Error- Antonin Scalia (1937-2016)
    Right-wing US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in mid-February 2016...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Portugese Step Up
    Portugal achieved marriage equality before New Zealand, but unlike New Zealand, France and Spain, inclusive adoption reform wasn't part of the marriage equality 'package...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ten Pin Bowlers strike at Proud to Play
    The Ten Pin Bowling competition got underway at the Proud to Play games in Auckland today, with a strong Australian contingent crossing the ditch for the tournament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellingtonian takes out Mr Gay NZ title
    Mr Gay New Zealand 2016 was announced yesterday at Auckland’s Big Gay Out, with Wellington charity worker Bernard Lee taking out the title...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Writers fest. successful despite Pride clashes
    The first LGBTI writers festival, which took place over the weekend in Auckland, was deemed a success by organiser Peter Wells, however he says he hopes to work closer with Pride in the future to prevent programme clashes...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 15 Feb 2015

  • Auckland Pride Festival: Week 1 Wrap Up
    Links: Express
  • Out In The Park To Possibly Return in March
    Links: Express
  • Pride preview: We are all worthy
    Auckland Rainbow Community Church has pulled together a diverse cast for its Auckland Pride Festival musical theatre production Worthy!!! It’s being performed in the beautiful St Matthew-in the-City...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Implicated and Immune
    Artzaid by Phillip Kelley Implicated and Immune, HIV/AIDS-themed art exhibition Michael Lett Gallery Cnr Karangahape Rd and East Street 28 January to 28 September 2015 I didn't see the original Implicated and Immune exhibition at Pakuranga's Fisher Gallery (now Te Tuhi) in 1992...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Shows, mini fair, comedy for capital
    Rainbow Rata's stall is ready to go Although Out in the Park has been cancelled, stallholders have organised an indoor pop-up fair and many of the performers will take part in a fundraiser this afternoon...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 Feb 2014

  • Big Gay Out breaks Catholic leader's heart
    Colleen Bayer's heart is broken The head of the New Zealand wing of unrestrainedly homophobic Catholic group Family Life International says her “heart is broken” because the Big Gay Out was family friendly...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Four Auckland landmarks to light up for Pride
    Four special Auckland locations will light up in rainbow colours on Monday night in a history-busting celebration to mark the final week of the Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • IT manager is new Mr Urge NZ Bear
    Mr Urge New Zealand Bear 2014 Gary Edwards IT manager Gary Edwards is the new Mr Urge New Zealand Bear after wowing the crowd at a packed Urge bar in the early hours of this morning...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Juno actress comes out in rousing speech
    X Men and Juno actress Ellen Page has come out at a conference to promote the welfare of lgbti youth in Las Vegas...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Why Heroes Out West is Best!
    On Sunday is Heroes Out West, where lesbians and their friends and families take over Henderson’s Falls Park, with Annie Crummer headining the entertainment! Founder and proud westie Cissy Rock offers ten reasons you don’t want to miss it...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 15 Feb 2013

  • Chauvel delighted at MPs' support for motion
    Charles Chauvel Labour Shadow Attorney-General, Justice Spokesperson and gay MP Charles Chauvel is delighted that Parliament has unanimously supported his resolution to condemn proposed homophobic legislation in two African nations...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Conservative Catholicism and Marriage Equality
    With the forthcoming abdication of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28 2013, will much actually change after the election of a new pontiff? To examine why not, here is a brief backgrounder on Catholicism's struggle against modernity...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marriage equality jumps another hurdle in Illinois
    The Illinois Senate has approved a marriage equality bill, which now has to pass in the House before it becomes law...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Museum and Sky Tower lighting up with Pride
    Auckland Museum during the technical test for tonight's rainbow display Auckland's Museum and Sky Tower will be sights to behold tonight, as they set their lights to rainbow colours on the eve of the Auckland Pride Parade...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Phillip Cottrell’s killer jailed for 12yrs, 10mths
    Manslaughter victim Phillip Cottrell A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years and 10 months for killing gay Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pride Parade guide
    The Auckland Pride Parade is nearly here!!! We have put together a guide to the hugely-anticipated event so you know everything you need to before Saturday afternoon! The route: The Auckland Pride Parade route travels in a northerly direction up Ponsonby Road from Western Park to Three Lamps...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pride review: One Night Only
    “One Night Only – An intimate evening with Buckwheat and Tess” - Review thanks to Hannah Spyksma Drag queens: they’re not just pretty faces...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rainbow beacons of "freedom" over Auckland
    For one gay man at the Auckland Domain to see the museum and Sky Tower bathed in the colours of the gay rainbow one word summed up the sight: "Freedom...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rainbow Sky Tower!
    The Sky Tower is flashing rainbow colours tonight...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sun and rainbows forecast for Pride Parade
    A fun photo-shopped image is doing the circuits showing both sun, and rainbows, in the forecast for Saturday’s Auckland Pride Parade...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wicked coming to Auckland's Civic Theatre
    Photo by Jeff Busby Broadway blockbuster Wicked is finally coming to New Zealand, marking its 10th anniversary year with a run at the Civic Theatre in Auckland from September...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 15 Feb 2012

  • Green MP Jan Logie makes her maiden speech in Parliament
    Logie describes herself as a "leftie, feminist lesbian"
  • Adoption law reform overlooked - Yet again
    Lobby group Adoption Action is frustrated at the lack of progress is updating our outdated aoption laws, which among other inconsistencies prevent gay couples from adopting...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Greens' Jan Logie to deliver maiden speech
    Jan Logie and Kevin Hague at Sunday's Big Gay Out Jan Logie will join the six other new Green MPs in delivering her maiden speech to Parliament this afternoon...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jan Logie's maiden speech
    Lesbian Green MP Jan Logie has given her maiden speech to Parliament and been met with applause and cheers...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lady Gaga announces second concert
      Promoters say an ‘overwhelming’ response has led to a second Lady Gaga show being announced for Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lesbian couple pummels The Rock's contest
    The Rock hosts Jono and Robert A lesbian couple has beaten radio station The Rock at its own game, spectacularly ruining its controversial “win a divorce” for Valentine’s Day competition...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • “Leftie, feminist lesbian” nails maiden speech
    Jan Logie has made a powerful and positive maiden speech in Parliament, and received her first hug of congratulations from another of Parliament’s out lesbian MPs Maryan Street...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 Feb 2011

  • Late fees wiped for Outgames registrations
    David Hindley (right) in the Outgames stall at the Big Gay Out Procrastinators will be delighted to find out that late fees have been wiped for Outgames registration due to the strong financial position of the event...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 15 Feb 2010

  • Alison Mau blasts "creepy" magazine "stalkers"
    Popular TV presenter Alison Mau, who was outed last weekend in the Herald on Sunday as being in a relationship with a woman, is now pleading with magazine gossips to leave her alone...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Religion, Risk and Unsafe Sex?
    Do former Pentecostal religious allegiances lead gay men into unsafe sex? I'm not talking solely about self-esteem issues from a religious upbringing or past church membership that casts gay men as diseased, mentally ill, pathological and/or 'sinful...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • South African man wins Mr. Gay World show
    28-year-old restaurateur Charl Van den Berg has beaten two dozen men from countries on every continent to become Mr...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Two big days out planned for Beresford Square
    The iconic Beresford Square will host two major fundraising days of entertainment targeting Auckland's LGBT event-goers in coming weeks...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 15 Feb 2009

  • Spain: Armed forces now take Trans recruits
    Following a long publicised battle by a 28-year-old transgender male, the Spanish army says it will reform legislation to allow trans people to serve in the armed forces...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 15 Feb 2008

  • AKL:'Westie' talent tops off lesbian weekend
    Auckland's Hero Festival features a number of lesbian-themed events this weekend, including a premiere evening of entertainment for Waitakere 'Westie' women on Sunday...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Beautiful Thing for Valentine's night
    Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey Dir: Richard Neame Produced by Auckland Musical Theatre at Westpoint Performing Arts Centre Until 22 Feb 2008 Like director Richard Neame, my first experience of Beautiful Thing was seeing it on the big screen during 1997's Hero Festival, with its writer Jonathan Harvey in attendance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US school welcomes transgender 8-yr-old
    Officials at a school in Douglas County, Colorado have adjusted facilities and teaching environment to accommodate an eight-year-old transgender-identified child, reports CNN...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 15 Feb 2007

  • Autopsy: Gaydar founder fell to death
    An autopsy has now been carried out on Gary Frisch, the co-founder of gay dating website Gaydar...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Beyer ends "the best time of my life"
    In a moving and at times hilarious speech, Georgina Beyer last evening farewelled her Parliamentary colleagues after seven years of "the best time of my life"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Beyer's full speech: "The greatest moment of my life"
    Valedictory speech by Georgina Beyer MP Presented to the New Zealand Parliament, 5pm, 14 February 2007 Georgina Beyer (drawn by Sasha McCoskrie) A RARE PRIVELEGE "It is a rare privilege for a member to be able to make a valedictory speech in this House...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Coming soon: Georgina Beyer - The Movie
    Georgina Beyer left Parliament last night, but it's not the last time we'll see her – not only does she have a starring role on stage at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre next week, but she has now also revealed plans for a movie about her amazing life...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nigeria: Debate on plans to outlaw gay sex
    Nigeria's House of Representatives has held a public hearing on a new bill seeking to outlaw gay relations, reports the BBC...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Steven Gray, movie critic and Great Debater
    Steven Gray He's been a movie critic on the telly, radio and in print for over a decade, and now 41-year-old Steven Gray is ready again to argue with some Rainbow Labour MP's… How long have you been involved in the Great Auckland Central HERO Debate? Since the first - God, four years! And I only lost the first year as the opposition were so very, very bad the judges felt sorry for them… What's your winning strategy for the debate this year? Well, the opposition are the same tragic team as last year, so really have no worries...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Syphilis outbreak spreads to gay Auckland
    Last year an outbreak of syphilis hit gay Wellington, and now gay men's health experts say the sexually transmitted infection is on the increase in Auckland's gay male population...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 15 Feb 2006

  • Actor Harry McNaughton
    Harry McNaughton 18-year-old Harry, former Mt Roskill Grammar Head Boy, is heading to university as soon as he finishes up a lead role in the theatre production 'Black Ice'...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Civil Unions boost health
    A report has been released which suggests same-sex unions improve the mental and physical overall health of gay and lesbian communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: Flying Emirates? Think again...
    The United Arab Emirates has sentenced eleven men, arrested last year after allegedly attending a 'gay wedding party,' to five-year terms for homosexuality and one-year sentences for obscenity, according to reports from Abu Dhabi...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Third Annual Hero Debate
    Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts were never this cutting I'm sure, I thought, sitting in the front row for the Third Annual Great Auckland Central Hero Debate...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 Feb 2005

  • Editorial: BGO confrontation: A glimpse of the future
    "Love the sinner, hate the sin...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nat MP upset by men kissing
    East Coast Bays National MP Murray McCully has been personally upset by a TV ad featuring two young men kissing, and says the government is using taxpayer money to “promote homosexuality”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pill Diary: First tests
    It's a strange feeling siting in the big Lazyboy chair at the hospital while the nice lady sucks out half a dozen tubes of blood, meticulously shaking and labelling them...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • United Future support for Beyer's gender bill
    MP Georgina Beyer is surprised and delighted at news that members of the Christian party United Future will support the first reading of her Gender Identity Bill, which will see the rights of transgenders and transsexuals protected under the Human Rights Act...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 Feb 2003

  • The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa.
    Links: LAGANZ
  • Lindah E and the birth of Pacific Couture
    Lindah Le Pou's life and work is all about challenging assumption...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 Feb 2000

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

Tue 15 Feb 1977

  • Television news report: Labour Party selects a candidate to replace Colin Moyle (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP27933.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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