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Sat 22 Feb 2020

  • Namwali Serpell: Author of "The Old Drift"
    Praised by the likes of Salman Rushdie and Ali Smith, Namwali Serpell's debut novel The Old Drift reputedly took her nearly 20 years to write...
    Links: RNZ
  • Namwali Serpell: Author of The Old Drift
    Praised by the likes of Salman Rushdie and Ali Smith, Namwali Serpell's debut novel The Old Drift reputedly took her nearly 20 years to write...
    Links: RNZ

Fri 22 Feb 2019

  • Is ‘sex ed’ failing the #metoo generation?
    Navigating contemporary gender issues is complicated for young people, and New Zealand’s traditional sexuality education is not keeping up, according to a Canterbury education expert...
    Links: Scoop
  • Bird Of The Year: The Story Behind Bird On A Wire
    Links: Express

Thu 22 Feb 2018

  • Top boys' school builds unisex toilets for transgender students
    One of Auckland's top boys' schools has built a new unisex toilet block to cater for transgender students in the future...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Gay Athlete Makes Winter Olympics History After Kissing Partner On Live...
    Links: Express
  • Parkland Survivor Says Republicans Care More About “Rainbow Cake” Than Shootings
    Links: Express

Wed 22 Feb 2017

  • Gay Rower Robbie Manson Takes Out National Title
    Links: Express
  • Milo Yiannopoulos Loses Book Deal and Resigns from Breitbart News
    Links: Express
  • Queensland Committee Recommends Scrapping ‘Gay Panic’ Law
    Links: Express
  • Sky Tower Stands Tall for Rainbow Community
    Links: Express
  • Trump tipped to annul trans student protections
    New guidelines regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students are being drafted by the Trump administration...

Mon 22 Feb 2016

  • Former Body Positive CEO Bruce Kilmister Returns as Chair of the...
    Links: Express
  • “Protest made parade even better” says Ak Pride
    Co-Chair of the Auckland Pride Festival Board, Vinnie Sykes, says the No Pride in Prisons protest, which disrupted the parade, “made the parade even better”...

Sun 22 Feb 2015

  • George - Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    George talks about wanting to be part of a conversation about female masculinity and what Butch means.
    Features: George Mapplebeck
  • Stevei - Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    Stevei talks about identifying as wahine toa, representing New Zealand in softball and creating art.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • Auckland Pride Parade 2015 – Part 1
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Pride Parade 2015 – Part 2
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Pride Parade 2015 – Part 3
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites – Eden Asian
    Links: Express
  • Opinion: Rude and Reckless Pride Protestors a Sad Sight
    Links: Express
  • Post Pride Parade 2015 – Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Post Pride Parade 2015 – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Queer group says it pinkwashed GAYTM
    UPDATED: A group called “Queers Against Injustice” has claimed responsibility for hurling paint at an ANZ ‘GAYTM’ which was installed on Ponsonby Rd for Auckland Pride Festival...

Sat 22 Feb 2014

  • Review: Yes, Pam Ann was Plane Filthy!
    The temperature has already gone through the roof on the biggest weekend of the Auckland Pride Festival thanks to an outrageous, hilarious and utterly scandalous show by Pam Ann...

Fri 22 Feb 2013

  • Winners of NZAF charity dating raffle drawn
    Chris Olwage and his date are jumping off the Sky Tower! The winners have been drawn in the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Date4Good raffle, with six people winning dates with some stunning gay men...

Wed 22 Feb 2012

  • [name withheld 3] - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Gillard admits change is “inevitable”
    Julia Gillard A lesbian couple who dined with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard last night says she admitted moves to legalise same-sex marriage are inevitable...

Tue 22 Feb 2011

  • Quake Live: 5.11PM: Chch's glbt "heart ripped out"
    Photo: Mark Mitchell Glbt venue owners around the country are expressing sympathy for the owners and staff of Christchurch's devastated venues, which one terms "the heart of Christchurch's glbt communities...

Mon 22 Feb 2010

  • Unique pair will fly pink to Mardi Gras
    Shaun McKinney and Anna Nelson will fly on this Friday's Air New Zealand Pink Flight to Sydney Mardi Gras, thanks to a peer support network which realises "sometimes all it takes is a common experience to realise that you are not as unique as you think...

Sun 22 Feb 2009

  • Top 10 tips for's Forum
    Our Forum is always buzzing with news and views from around LGBT Aotearoa - and we want you to get the most out of it...

Fri 22 Feb 2008

  • Rainbow Youth's two little words of power
    Jennifer and Daniel at the Big Gay Out You may have noticed the bright pink 'Homo!' and 'Lesbo!' leaflets during Auckland's Big Gay Out this year...

Thu 22 Feb 2007

  • Spicehammer: 'gay nights' finished
    Wellington club ‘Spicehammer' is open again this week, but there are no plans to continue their ‘Fabulous and Gay Friday' events...

Wed 22 Feb 2006

  • Brokeback delayed in small towns
    Critically acclaimed and internationally controversial film Brokeback Mountain has been released in New Zealand, but questions are being asked why it is missing from the schedule in many small towns...

Tue 22 Feb 2005

  • Report: Heroes and Heroines of the World Unite
    When the phone call came from the organisers of the second annual Great Auckland Central Hero Debate asking me to participate, my brain hit the panic button...

Fri 22 Feb 2002

  • The Minister of Health Annette King opens the new Awhina Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The Awhina Centre is the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Wellington Regional Office.

Sun 22 Feb 1998

  • The HERO parade is broadcast on TV3 (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The parade happened the day earlier in Auckland and is broadcast nationally on Sunday at 9.30pm, ref F35117.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision,

Sat 22 Feb 1997

  • The HERO parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The parade runs from Crummer Road, into Ponsonby Road and then down to Three Lamps. It's broadcast on TV3.
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

Sun 22 Feb 1987

  • Artist Andy Warhol dies (New York, United States of America)
    Links: Wikipedia

Wed 22 Feb 1984

  • Television: New Zealand experts react to American doctor's claims that the Hepatitis B vaccine being used in New Zealand has links with AIDS (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP115040.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 22 Feb 1980

  • Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)

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