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On This Day: 23rd February

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Thu 23 Feb 2023

  • Australian man pleads guilty to killing gay American man in 1988
    AUstralian man...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Celebrate Pride This Month at Auckland Live Summer In The Square
    Links: Express

Wed 23 Feb 2022

  • A History of Pride in New Zealand
    Links: Express
  • Inspiring Quotes For Pride Month
    Links: Express

Tue 23 Feb 2021

  • Greens present petition in support of gay conversion therapy ban
    It's clear people want gay conversion "therapy" banned now, the Green Party says, after members handed over a petition with over 150,000 signatures to parliament today...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lesflicks Releasing A Powerful Series, Every Day For Bisexual Health Awareness Month And Women’s History Month
    Directed by Marrisa Shankir Written by Gabrielle Waters and Johnny Severin Starring Kati Salowsky (The Spirit of Christmas), Ashley Hogan (I Got the Hook-Up 2), Nicole Coulon (La La Land), Tara Alexandra Brown (Bosch, The Mindy Project), Darius Levanté ...
    Links: Scoop
  • How Are Our Border Closures Affecting Long Distance Relationships?
    Links: Express
  • Subversion from inside the closet: gay academics in China
    Links: Express

Sun 23 Feb 2020

  • Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo
    When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo's Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sat 23 Feb 2019

  • Jussie Smollett Charged with Staging Homophobic Attack to Secure Pay Rise
    Links: Express

Fri 23 Feb 2018

  • Despite taboo in India, even gay people want an arranged marriage
    It was only a matter of time...
    Links: Stuff
  • Google hit with another diversity lawsuit
    Another former Google employee is suing the tech company over issues of diversity...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Man Charged With Murder of Wellington Trans Woman Zena Campbell
    Links: Express
  • Protests Not Unexpected During Pride – Festival Co-Chairs
    Links: Express

Thu 23 Feb 2017

  • Caluzzi Unveils New Courtney Cartier Painting
    Links: Express
  • Parson James Becomes an Almost-Kiwi
    Links: Express
  • Protests at White House After Reports of Trump Rescinding Trans Kids’...
    Links: Express
  • Trans Wrestler Takes Out Title
    Links: Express
  • Hookup apps sees gay man denied entry to US
    A man has been denied entry to the US after a Customs and Border Patrol officer read his gay hookup profiles...
  • Same Same: Difficult family relationships
    The Same Same but Different festival inspired an avalanche of emotion in me...
  • Virtuous Circle?
    Suddenly, it seems as if Labour and National have woken up to the fact that LGBTI New Zealanders are active citizens, who vote, join political parties and have clear policy preferences...

Tue 23 Feb 2016

  • ANZ Sydney transforms into GAYNZ
    ANZ in Sydney has marked ten years of Mardi Gras sponsorship by completely decorating a local branch with a baroque-inspired LGBTI decor...
  • Hui to address Wgtn. trans community issues
    A Trans* Hui and workshops will be held pre-Proud Conference in Wellington, exclusively for trans and intersex members of the LGBTI community...
  • Parade director: NPIP message “should be heard”
    The Auckland Pride Festival Parade Director believes the message NPIP sought to deliver to the public during the Pride Parade “is a perfectly valid message and one that should be heard...
  • Police advise protesters to make formal complaint
    No Pride in Prisons have alleged that Police officers broke one of the protesters thumbs and two others were choked during the Auckland Pride Parade protest on Saturday night...
  • Police called in extra staff for Parade
    A spokesperson for the Police says extra staff were called in from across the district to ensure the safety of those at the Auckland Pride Parade on Saturday evening...
  • Stephen Bowness: One final bow
    Stephen Bowness has sung in cathedral choirs from the age of ten, joining the GALS choir before the turn of the new millennium, he has now, for the final time, taken to the stage to conduct his last show with the group...
  • Wgtn office may re-open in Body Positive re-think
    Brice Kilmister Body Positive's retired General manager Bruce Kilmister has been co-opted onto the organisation's caretaker board as its chair and says reopening BP's Wellington office is likely...

Mon 23 Feb 2015

  • Councillor Cooper Underfire for Facebook Comment
    Links: Express
  • A witness account of the Pride protest
    Steven Oates and friends were on a hotel balcony during Saturday night’s Auckland Pride Parade, and witnessed the protest in its entirety...
  • Claims of police brutality 'unfounded'
    Police have reviewed footage of the Auckland Pride Parade protest and say allegations of improper action by police are unfounded – but “enquiries into the culpability of any other persons are ongoing”...
  • Councillor explains "cock" comment
    Auckland Councillor Linda Cooper has apologised if she caused any upset by asking a gay man to “try not to be such a judgemental little cock”, saying she meant it as in “righteous rooster” and “no anatomical references” were intended...
  • Imitation Game wins screenplay Oscar
    Writer Graham Moore has won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars for The Imitation Game, and offered a message to anyone who feels like they don’t fit in to “stay weird, stay different”...
  • Protest action unacceptable says Ritchie
    Karen Ritchie A longtime-activist for the equal rights of sexual minorities and sex workers has slammed the group which broke into Saturday night's Auckland Pride Parade, saying the action was "totally unacceptable...
  • Statement: No Pride in Prisons explains
    This statement by activist group No Pride In Prisons has been provided to GayNZ...
  • Touch team charges into semi-finals
    The LYC Chargers lgbti and inclusive touch rugby team has qualified for tonight’s semi-finals of a top level Auckland competition, and would love people to head along and show their support...
  • Violence claims met with surprise
    The manager of the Auckland Pride Festival Glamstand is firmly denying allegations she assaulted protestors...

Sun 23 Feb 2014

  • Television item (Auckland, New Zealand)
    One News, ref: TZP442562.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Israelis "not surprised" by Parade protest
    Part of the Israeli entry in the Pride Parade The Israeli Embassy says its presence in last night's Pride Parade was not to make a political statement, but is not surprised there was a protest action against it...

Sat 23 Feb 2013

  • Pride review: After Lilburn
    Featured composer Gareth Farr After Lilburn Curated by Samuel Holloway Music Theatre, School of Music, Auckland University Friday 22 February With only limited musical insight and experience I knew from the first moment of After Lilburn last night that I was way out of my depth...
  • Proud tickets still available over phone, in stores
    The site selling tickets for tonight’s Proud party in Auckland is down, and people are being urged to call to make bookings...

Thu 23 Feb 2012

  • Lisa-Michelle - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Gaga to play "third and final" Auckland show
    Lady Gaga will play a third and “final” show in Auckland in June, promoters have confirmed...
  • Hunt begins for NZAF GM of Operations
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has begun advertising the General Manager Operations role which has been created following the exit of two senior employees...
  • Queen full of belief in Adam Lambert's talent
    Adam Lambert Queen says Adam Lambert will be a “great interpreter” of Freddie Mercury’s songs when the American Idol contestant joins the group as its frontman, to headline rock festival Sonisphere...

Wed 23 Feb 2011

  • "You will witness Christchurch rise again"
    Blake Skjellerup Out Olympian Blake Skjellerup has produced an inspiring message of hope as he watches the devastation in his home city on a Calgary TV screen...
  • Auckland's paw printed firmly on bear map
    Foreign visitors lapped up Bear Week After a hugely successful second year which many attendees are still recovering from, Get It On! Bear New Zealand Week will be back and bigger than ever in 2012...
  • Community stands in support of quake victims
    Car crushed in Christchurch (logangorilla on flickr) OUTLine is leading a coordinated help effort for anyone in the rainbow community who has been impacted by the destruction and devastation in Christchurch...
  • One in hospital after assault near K' Rd
    An assault near Karangahape Rd has left one person in hospital in serious condition, as police continue working to make the area safer following concerns about the rising tide of violence...
  • Quake pics: Damage to Chch venue buildings
    Photos just in from Christchurch hint at the earthquake damage to the city's two premier venues, Cruz nightclub and Menfriends sauna and cruise club...
  • Shock reverberates around glbt community
    Christchurch Cathedral was heavily damaged in the earthquake...
  • Steamy Tri-Nations ends bear week
    Mr Urge Bear 2011 runner-up Freezer Bear, US DJ Rotten Robbie and Arthur, Mr Urge Bear 2011 -Courtesy of Bear New Zealand...

Tue 23 Feb 2010

  • "Bigot" human rights panellist was not interviewed
    An ex-MP who voted against equality and anti-discrimination measures for LGBT people at every opportunity while he was in parliament in the 1990s was not formally interviewed before being appointed to the Human Rights Review Tribunal last December, it has emerged...
  • Adam Lambert - Glam Idol!
    He may not have won American Idol 2009, but with his debut album For Your Entertainment soaring up the charts, Adam Lambert has well and truly proved he's a winner...
  • British Elections: Where the parties stand on LGBT issues
    In May 2010, the United Kingdom is expected to go to the polls...
  • writer accepts Sydney editor role
  • How's our drinking?
    Is there a specific culture of heavy drinking amongst some lesbians and bisexual women? Yes and no...
  • Trans showgirl vomits on Susan Sarandon
    Hollywood star Susan Sarandon was vomited on by a transgender burlesque showgal during a shocking New York City party at the weekend...

Mon 23 Feb 2009

  • AUS: MP in gay sex film blackmail attempt
    A man has threatened to 'out' an Australian MP by putting a secretly-filmed video of them having sex onto the internet...
  • Hero Party crew keen for views on 2010
    Over 600 people packed Auckland's Transmission Room on Friday night for a sultry Hero Party featuring more than 50 dancing performers on stage into the small hours of Saturday morning...
  • Relationship study includes gay couples
    Issues facing same-sex couples in New Zealand include stresses associated with 'coming out', and facing the possibility of familial rejection, health issues and homophobia, a new report from the Families Commission has found...
  • The rainbow-coloured envelope please!
    Tom Hanks: Best Actor for gay role While Sean Penn is a serious contender for the coveted Best Actor award at today's Academy Awards, for his stunning portrayal of gay San Francisco activist and politician Harvey Milk in Milk, he is not the first actor to be nominated for a LGBT role...
  • Two Oscars for Harvey Milk movie
    The film story of assassinated gay politician Harvey Milk has been awarded two Oscars – including Best Actor for Sean Penn's starring role...

Sat 23 Feb 2008

  • China's new health scheme targets gays
    China's Ministry of Health is set to implement its first ever national programme to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men, its 2008 work agenda revealed this week...
  • MP Tim Barnett says he'll quit politics
    Rainbow Labour's MP in Christchurch Central Tim Barnett says he will not stand for Parliament again at this year's general election...
  • Sydney Mardi Gras Party tickets sold out
    All 18,500 tickets for Sydney's 30th anniversary Mardi Gras Party next Saturday night have sold out, say organisers...

Fri 23 Feb 2007

  • Transsexual former MP Georgina Beyer says she pulled out of her Dunedin play after realising she "bit off more than she could chew"...
  • Boy George
    UK singer, DJ and gay pop culture icon Boy George arrived in Auckland on Wednesday, and has already been paparazzied – while sitting outside Ponsonby Road's mixed hangout SPQR, says his minder...
  • DeGeneres
    This year's Academy Award host, lesbian comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that dressing in a fancy frock is off the agenda...
  • George FM counts down
    George FM's countdown of the 42 ‘gayest songs' as voted for by listeners, is broadcast today - finishing with the number one song a little before 6pm...
  • Ireland: Gay partnership bill delayed
    Legislation to legalise same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland was defeated in the country's parliament on Wednesday...
  • Life’s a drag!
    Not only did Brendan Goudswaard hone his diva lip-synching skills at two High School talent quests, he even appeared in drag for his class photo and school ID...

Wed 23 Feb 2005

  • Exhibition: The interesting Mr.Wrigley
    David Wrigley is an enigma...
  • The Lone Strangers?
    I've been thinking about irate Independent Baptist Justin Pearce gatecrashing of Auckland's Big Gay Out where he raved muchly about sodomy, perversion etc...

Sun 23 Feb 2003

  • Record profits from Heroic Gardens event
    Auckland's Herne Bay House will receive a record $45,000 from this year's Heroic Gardens garden tour event, up from $35,000 last year...

Tue 23 Feb 1999

Sun 23 Feb 1997

Thu 23 Feb 1995

Mon 23 Feb 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS education programme in schools (United States of America)
    Also includes a news item about the death of Andy Warhol. Eyewitness news, ref F92325.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Sat 23 Feb 1924

  • A headline in NZ Truth reads "The growth of degeneracy and sex crime - sterilisation proposed" (New Zealand)
    Links: Papers Past

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