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Sat 20 Feb 2021

  • It's A Sin: Why you need to see Russell T Davies' 1980s Aids drama
    REVIEW: This is another flat-out masterpiece on the CV of one of the greatest TV writers of a generation...
    Links: Stuff
  • Aotearoa’s Queer History
    Links: Express
  • In Search of Fitness and Friends in Wellington?
    Links: Express

Thu 20 Feb 2020

  • Mormon-owned university eases rules on 'homosexual behaviour'
    Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behaviour that reflected "homosexual feelings" which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Classique Gaultier
    Links: Express
  • History Never Repeats
    Links: Express

Wed 20 Feb 2019

  • MAFS Lauren says producers made her say 'lesbian'
    SPOILER ALERT: It seemed to start off well for Lauren and Matthew, until Lauren revealed she had dated girls in the past...
    Links: Stuff
  • Martina Navratilova ignites transgender athlete debate, calling it 'cheating'
    Tennis icon doubles down on her belief that transgender athletes have no place in women's sport...
    Links: Stuff
  • Iconic Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies
    Links: Express

Tue 20 Feb 2018

  • Kiwi woman Lyn Parent contracted HIV after getting tattoo
    An Auckland woman's last-minute decision to get a tattoo with her sister has revealed how it changed the course of her life forever...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Anti-Transgender Protesters Target Auckland Pride Parade
    Links: Express
  • Review: QUEEN + Adam Lambert
    Links: Express

Mon 20 Feb 2017

  • NFL Embraces Diversity in New Video
    Links: Express
  • Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Winner Announced
    Links: Express
  • World’s First Trans Gender Doll Launches
    Links: Express
  • Ak Pride: Pardon Me Alan Turing
    Pardon Me Alan Turing, a play written and produced by Stephen Lunt, and directed by Patrick Graham, focuses on a celebrity columnist attempting to break out into more serious writing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NPIP not marching in Pride Parade
    No Pride in Prisons will not be marching in this year’s Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tanzania crackdown on "the homosexuality syndicate"
    Alleged gay sex workers in Tanzania are at risk of having their names published publicly before being arrested as the nation’s Deputy Health Minister threatens to crackdown on “the homosexuality syndicate”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Truth, Time and Transition
    The Pride Poetry Speak Easy was held on Wednesday at the Leys Institute Library to celebrate and share queer and gender diverse themed poetry...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 20 Feb 2016

  • Manny Pacquiao Unrepentant After Nike Drops Him For ‘Gays Are Worse...
    Links: Express
  • Protesters Halt Pride Parade For a Second Year
    Links: Express
  • Big day for Ak Pride, Proud and Loud events
    An Out and Loud pop-up concert outside Auckland Art Gallery Auckland has put on a spectacularly good day weather-wise for the closing stages of the Auckland Pride festival and the closing days of the Out and Loud Choral festival and the Proud to Play sports festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Creator of lesbian icon character, Harper Lee, dies
    American author Harper Lee, whose tomboy-ish narrator character in To Kill A Mockingbird warmed the hearts of generations of lesbians has died, aged 89...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Largest crowd yet views colourful Ak Pride Parade
    A particularly large crowd turned out this evening to watch the annual Auckland Pride Parade, and although official estimate numbers are not available it appeared to GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Protesters again disrupt Ak Pride Parade
    Three groups of protesters from the No Pride In Prisons trans rights activist group briefly delayed tonight's Auckland Pride Parade with a sit-down action blocking the parade's progress...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 20 Feb 2015

  • Lust “Out in the Square” After Party – Ivy Bar
    Links: Express
  • Ponsonby Road GayTM Vandalised
    Links: Express
  • Pope Francis Equates Trans People to Nuclear Weapons
    Links: Express
  • Review: Bare
    Links: Express
  • SandM’s 7th Birthday Celebration
    Links: Express
  • Coke fizzing about Pride Parade float
    On the back of gaining a Rainbow Tick, staff from Coke New Zealand will march in tomorrow's Auckland Pride Parade...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Final day to post pardon petitions
    Today is the final day to sign and post a petition calling for pardons for men who were convicted of having gay sex prior to Homosexual Law Reform...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pair of youths blamed for GAYTM attack
    The clean up is well underway Paint is being removed from a GAYTM on Auckland's Ponsonby Rd, in vandalism said to have been carried out by two youths this morning...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ponsonby Rd GAYTM doused in paint
    One of the GAYTMs ANZ installed to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival has been hit in a paint attack overnight...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Top brass to lead police parade march
    Police will march in full uniform for the first time in tomorrow’s Auckland Pride Parade, led by Assistant Police Commissioner Allan Boreham...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 20 Feb 2014

  • Birth certificate closure another step closer
    Rowen Sullivan with her mums A special piece of legislation which would give a Lower Hutt woman both her mums’ names on her birth certificate has sailed through its second reading...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Craig regurgitates 'gays aren't normal' line
    As he threatens legal action against the Greens' Russel Norman for insinuating he’s homophobic, Colin Craig has happily repeated his view that gay people are not normal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Craig's inaccurate stats horrify support group
    Colin Craig (TVNZ pic) The head of New Zealand's largest glbti support organisation is horrified at the inacurate information about glbti people being voiced on national TV by Conservative party leader Colin Craig...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • GayNZ.com 'NZ's Fave Social Network Page'
    Fending off competition from the All Blacks, Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies and the Prime Minister, GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nat MP shows he's evolved on gay issues
    Bakshi now says it's important for New Zealand to “keep up with the times”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pussy Riot members whipped by Cossacks
    Pussy Riot members retweeted this image captioned: "Putin will teach you to love the motherland" Members of a Cossack militia have attacked Pussy Riot members with horse whips as they tried to perform a protest under a sign for the Sochi Olympics...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • TPP may leave some HIV+ folk without meds
    Parallel importing of cheap HIV medications for vulnerable people could come under threat if the much-vaunted Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement is widened to include countries such as the USA...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Transgender rights: A call to solidarity
    Once again, Louisa Wall is forcing the pace on LGBT legislative reform- this time, it's amending the Human Rights Act to directly include gender identity discrimination as one of the prohibited grounds...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 20 Feb 2013

  • A Proud space
    We’ve had a walkthrough of the multi-storey and multi-space venue for this Saturday night’s Auckland Pride Festival closing party Proud...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Council and community groups back Dunedin Pride
    The Dunedin City Council and community groups have stumped up with base funding to allow the city to have a Pride festival in April, and while they are on a roll organisers have launched a Pledge Me initiative to cover the remaining shortfall...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 20 Feb 2012

  • Positive men's retreat needs your help!
    An appeal is being made to the community to help pay for an HIV positive men’s retreat, which has lost its drug company funding...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 20 Feb 2011

  • Competitors line up to swim at Outgames
    There will be plenty of action in the water at the AsiaPacific Outgames in Wellington...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ignorance about HIV transmission remains
    A UK survey suggests that one in five people do not know that HIV can be passed on through unprotected gay sex...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Lip Service
    Since The L Word jumped the shark and died in a mess of Jenny madness, there has been little of substance on offer for women-who-love women from the world of TV, apart from bit parts in soap operas and the 'oooh it's so bad but I just can't look away' compulsion of The Real L Word...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 20 Feb 2010

  • "Community is important" stresses Awards winner
    11...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Actors paid to 'act gay' at Sydney Mardi Gras
    At least six actors were paid hundreds of dollars each to 'act gay' at 2008's Sydney's Mardi Gras Parade, leading Aussie gay pundits to wonder "whose Mardi Gras is this, anyway?" The actors, who danced on a float promoting furniture company IKEA, "were not required to be gay or lesbian, or have any community affiliations," reports online magazine The Scavenger...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The OurFest Awards: Why the winners won
    2010's OurFest winners As it celebrated the achievements and contribution of people within Auckland's LGBT community, last night's inaugural OurFest Awards reflected, in microcosm, the city's diverse but united communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The OurFest Awards: Why the winners won
    2010's OurFest winners As it celebrated the achievements and contribution of people within Auckland's LGBT community, last night's inaugural OurFest Awards reflected, in microcosm, the city's diverse but united communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 20 Feb 2009

  • Anti-gay preachers banned from UK
    Notorious American religious homophobes Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, who picket funerals with anti-gay placards, have been banned from entering the UK...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • At home with the Wigs on the Waterfront girls
    Drag divas from the upcoming Wigs on the Waterfront fundraiser shared a private moment with GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AUS: New law will recognise trans spouces
    Australia will recognise same-sex marriages from July this year - but only in cases where one of the partners is transgender...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ AIDS Foundation awards human rights leader
    Awarded: Richard Tankersley The NZ AIDS Foundation has announced that a Life Membership will be awarded to Richard Tankersley, a Takatāpui Tane leader and the first Takatāpui Human Rights Commissioner in 2009...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rain a worry for outdoor Pride events
    Auckland's weather has taken a turn for the worse, leading to the postponement of today's OUTLine Tennis Tournament and worries over Sunday's Wigs on the Waterfront fundraiser...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 20 Feb 2008

  • Editorial: GayNZ.com's Forum and Blogs
    What to do about nastiness on GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Irish Sports MP denounces gay rugby team
    Northern Ireland's first gay rugby team, the Ulster Titans, has been denounced by an evangelical Protestant politician as being bigoted against heterosexuals...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Japan's Supreme Court OKs male nude art
    Japan's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a collection of erotic photographs by late artist Robert Mapplethorpe does not violate obscenity laws, a decision that should allow the sale of the book for the first time in eight years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New MP for Rainbow Labour next month
    Louisa Wall List MP Louisa Wall will be sworn in as a Member of New Zealand's Parliament on Tuesday 4 March, and since she happens to be a lesbian, she'll join Chris Carter, Charles Chauvel, Maryan Street and Tim Barnett as a member of the 'Rainbow Labour' MP team...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rainbow WGN wants action on trans issues
    LGBT advocacy network Rainbow Wellington is demanding action by MPs to follow up on several recommendations set out in the Human Rights Commission's recently released report on transgender discrimination in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Will and Grace creators plan new gay comedy
    American TV network ABC has ordered a pilot of a gay-themed comedy from the creators of Will    ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 20 Feb 2007

  • Beyer
    Plans for Georgina Beyer's play ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' to embark on an extended tour of Otago and Southland have been shelved...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Civil Unions begin in New Jersey
    New Jersey became the third US state to permit civil unions for same-sex couples at midnight on Monday, and while LGBT civil rights activists called the new law a step in the right direction, they are vowing to continue the fight for marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Milo TV ad
    A new TV advertisement for Nestle's Milo has got some LGBT viewers crying ‘homophobia', while others are wondering what all the fuss is about...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Outrageous antics at the Hero Debate
    The fourth annual Great Auckland Central Hero Debate last night featured some quick-thinking MP's, outrageous anecdotes, a few 'oldie but goodie' jokes, and much snorting from movie critic Steven Gray...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 20 Feb 2006

  • Cachorro (Bear Cub)
    CACHORRO (BEAR CUB) Dir: Miguel Albaladejo Spain, 2004, 35mm, 99 mins...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Inside "The Cottage": A Very Queer League
    Wellington actors Kate Fitzoy and Cooper Amai have taken inspiration from the local gay scene and the cult British comedy League of Gentlemen for their Fringe Festival theatre piece The Cottage...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 20 Feb 2005

  • Anti-gay Beat Up @ 7
    On 2 December last year, in the lead-up to final vote in Parliament on the Civil Union Bill, TVNZ's flagship current affairs programme Close Up @ 7 ran an 0900 phone poll asking the question "Should gay relationships be legally recognised?"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Anti-gay Beat Up @ 7
    On 2 December last year, in the lead-up to final vote in Parliament on the Civil Union Bill, TVNZ's flagship current affairs programme Close Up @ 7 ran an 0900 phone poll asking the question "Should gay relationships be legally recognised?"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Comment: Obligatory heterosexual pairbonding ceremony (Repeat)
    As a gay male civil union supporter, I never got all that fuss about same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • George Michael in swansong doco
    Gay artist George Michael has bared his soul in an intimate documentary that he says will be his swan-song from public life...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Interview: Tamaki at Waitangi: The untold story
    Brian Tamaki Despite assurances from Waitangi Day event officials that the Destiny Church and political party's anti-gay guru Brian Tamaki would have no part in official functions, Tamaki was undeniably there...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Two Cars, One Night for Oz gay film fest
    NZ filmmaker Taika Waititi's short film Two Cars, One Night is to be featured in this year's Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 20 Feb 2003

  • Southern songs and Broadway melodies from Seattle
    Conductor Dennis Coleman says tomorrow night's Auckland Town Hall concert of the gay Seattle Men's Chorus will include a special bracket of songs from the Southern Hemisphere...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 20 Feb 2000

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

Fri 20 Feb 1987

  • Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says its funding will dry up next month (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Kate Leslie and Warren Lindberg. There's also a news item about the Queen meeting AIDS doctors. 6.30pm news, ref F92320 and Eyewitness news, ref F92321.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)

Thu 20 Feb 1986

  • Television news report: New Zealand is the first country in the world to register a register a drug for the treatment of AID (New Zealand)
    The drug registered is Imunovir. 6.30pm Top Half, ref F91889.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

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