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Mon 17 Feb 2020

  • 'I'm not going to be lectured': Candidate hits back at attacks on his sexuality
    Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg pushed back against attacks on his sexuality, days after allies of President Donald Trump questioned whether Americans are ready for a gay candidate who kisses his husband onstage...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Rainbow flags allegedly removed ahead of Folau's Super League debut
    Controversy appears to have followed Israel Folau to his Super League debut with the Catalans Dragons in the south of France at the weekend...
    Links: RNZ
  • Rainbow flags removed ahead of Folau's Super League debut
    Controversy appears to have followed Israel Folau to his Super League debut with the Catalans Dragons in the south of France at the weekend...
    Links: RNZ
  • Elton John in Tears as he Ends Auckland Concert Early
    Links: Express
  • Kim Chi: “Donut Come For Me!”
    Links: Express

Sun 17 Feb 2019

  • Summer Camps (Island Bay, Wellington)
    The cast and creative team behind Summer Camps talk about the production and its origins
    Features: Alayne Dick, Annica Lewis, Bethany Grace Miller, Courtney Rose Brown, Jadwiga Green, Sabrina Martin

Sat 17 Feb 2018

  • The Prime Minister marches for the first time in the Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Featuring more than 50 entries the parade will "march for peace, love and unity at a time of escalating global unrest, when human rights are increasingly under attack all over the world." The parade begins at 7.30pm at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park. Although former Prime Minister's Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley had attended previous parades, Jacinda Ardern was the first to march in one.
    Links: Auckland Pride Festival

Fri 17 Feb 2017

  • ‘Gaycation’ Screening at Whammy Bar
    Links: Express
  • Almost 800 Trans Children’s Parents Sign Open Letter
    Links: Express
  • Colton Haynes is Engaged
    Links: Express
  • Gender-Neutral Story Showcases Anything But Neutral Performance
    Links: Express
  • Maunder’s Mikado: A Night At The Opera
    Links: Express
  • Mini Music Festival Brings Big Impact
    Links: Express
  • Rainbows End Cancels Rainbow Night
    Links: Express
  • Touch rugby tournament rain-delayed by a week
    Continuing wet weather has forced a change of date for a touch rugby tournament being held as part of the Auckland Pride Festival 2017...

Wed 17 Feb 2016

  • Ferdinand Ambach is released from prison and immediately deported to Hungary (Auckland region, New Zealand)
    Ambach, a tourist to New Zealand, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown. Originally charged with murder, Ambach successfully used the provocation (gay panic) defence, claiming Brown had made an unwanted homosexual advance.
    Links: Stuff
  • Freeheld Actress Speaks Out: “Everyone Should Have the Right to Have...
    Links: Express
  • Iconic Jerusalem City Square to Honour 2015’s Slain Jerusalem Pride Marcher
    Links: Express
  • LYC BGO After Party at Family Bar
    Links: Express
  • LYC BGO: Part Two
    Links: Express
  • Review: People Like Us
    People Like Us Produced by Fabulosity Productions for the Auckland Pride Festival...

Tue 17 Feb 2015

  • Gay Rights Activist and Educator Robin Duff Has Died
    Links: Express
  • Strong Condom Use Habits Among New Zealand’s Young Gay Men
    Links: Express
  • Young gay/bi men's condom use good
    New research shows most young gay and bisexual men in New Zealand habitually use condoms...

Mon 17 Feb 2014

  • ZB host accuses PM of "mincing" at BGO
    Jamie Mackay A NewstalkZB host has this afternoon complained on air that the Prime Minister was "mincing about" at Auckland's Big Gay Out two weekends ago when he should have been at a rural event...

Sun 17 Feb 2013

  • Pride review: Black Faggot
    Beulah Koale and Iaheto Ah Hi Black Faggot Starring Iaheto Ah Hi and Beulah Koale The Basement Theatre for Auckland Pride Saturday 16, Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 February Black Faggot may well be the most poignantly hilarious show, on radio, TV, the movies, the net or on stage, that you'll see for a decade...

Fri 17 Feb 2012

  • Sam Johnson wins Young NZer of the Year
    Student Volunteer Army founder, gay community leader and Christchurch community board member Sam Johnson has been named Young New Zealander of the Year...

Thu 17 Feb 2011

  • Mates and Lovers to usher in Outgames
    Simon K...

Wed 17 Feb 2010

  • Shipload of gay tourists leaves Auckland
    The 5-star cruise ship Volendam is set to depart from Auckland Harbour this afternoon with almost 1,400 gay men on board - and about half a dozen lesbians...

Tue 17 Feb 2009

  • UK: "Gay blood ban must end"
    Britain's leading LGBT equality lobby group has called on the UK's National Blood Service to end its ban on blood donations from sexually active gay men...

Sun 17 Feb 2008

  • Miss Sophie is Chch's best 'Fag-Hag' 2008
    'Miss Sophie' has been a girlfriend to Christchurch's gay scene for well over a decade, and last night at CRUZ nightclub she won an audience vote to become the inaugural Southern Fag-Hag Winner 2008...

Sat 17 Feb 2007

  • USA: Hallmark releases 'Coming Out' cards
    Hallmark Cards has brought out a new line of cards – with some suitable for situations LGBT people can relate to...

Fri 17 Feb 2006

  • Queen pageant funds allocated
    The AIDS Foundation has begun to allocate the $22,000 worth of funds raised during last year's Queen of the Whole Universe drag pageant...

Thu 17 Feb 2005

  • McNee killer's sentence appeal heard
    The man who escaped a murder charge for killing interior designer David McNee is appealing the nine-year sentence he was handed for manslaughter of the gay celebrity...

Mon 17 Feb 2003

  • Trust offers $10K to gay groups and projects
    The GABA Charitable Trust is calling for applications for its current distribution of funds...

Sat 17 Feb 2001

  • The final HERO Parade is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The parade is held along Ponsonby Road. This would be the last HERO Parade. A smaller march happened in March 2002, but it wasn't until 2013 that another large scale pride parade occurred.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wikipedia

Thu 17 Feb 2000

  • Snapshot 2000 - Mike
    Mike talks about coming out and first sexual experience.

Sun 17 Feb 1985

  • Bruce Burnett (February 1985) (Wellington)
    Bruce Burnett, an early AIDS educator and activist, talks to Phil Parkinson about an upcoming AIDS counselling workshop and the current situation in New Zealand
    Features: Bruce Burnett

Mon 17 Feb 1930

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