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Wed 8 Mar 2023

  • Council names road after late transgender MP and mayor Georgina Beyer
    Carterton District Council voted unanimously to name the road after her...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Homophobic Preacher Tells Uber Drivers To “Fear Allah” After Working During...
    Links: Express
  • Lil Nas X Breaks The Internet With Now Deleted Selfie
    Links: Express

Tue 8 Mar 2022

  • 'Don't Say Gay' bill passes in Florida, goes to governor
    Florida's Republican-dominated legislature passed a bill on Tuesday (US time) to forbid instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, rejecting a wave of criticism from Democrats that it...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Putin Parody Takes Over Bulgarian TV After Hack
    Links: Express
  • RuPaul Calls New Zealand Drag ‘Ratchet’
    Links: Express

Mon 8 Mar 2021

  • 'Puberty blockers' improve mental health of trans teens, study finds
    Jennifer Shields missed out on controversial drugs that stop the production of reproductive hormones, but believes they can save lives of distressed teens...
    Links: Stuff
  • Sydney Mardi Gras in pictures: Party and protests go ahead
    Sydney's annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Sydney Mardi Gras pictures: Party and protests go ahead
    Sydney's annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • “If Your Feminism Isn’t Inclusive, It’s Not really Feminism.”
    Links: Express
  • Drag Race Down Under Queens Officially Ruvealed
    Links: Express
  • International Women’s Day: What Will Fifth Wave Feminism Look Like?
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: A Sydney Mardi Gras Parade Like No Other
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Christchurch Pride Leather and Lace Party
    Links: Express

Fri 8 Mar 2019

  • Wellington Pride Festival takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The festival runs from the 8 March - 24 March. To date, it is the largest Pride festival the city has seen with 128 events.
    Links: PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride Festival
  • National Council of Women 'explicitly including transgender women'
    The president of the National Council of Women says all genders need to be included in conversations about equality...
    Links: Stuff
  • Transgender athletes and cricket
    Sports commentator Brendan Telfer looks at the issues transgender athletes are facing...
    Links: RNZ
  • A Champion for Change: Brie Larson Talks Girl-Power and Her Historic...
    Links: Express
  • Georgina Beyer: “Tell Me to Shut Up and Go Away and...
    Links: Express
  • Geovana Peres Discusses Gender Pay Disparity Ahead of WBO World Title...
    Links: Express

Thu 8 Mar 2018

  • Kiribati reports highest number of HIV cases in study
    Kiribati has the highest number of people reported to be living with HIV out of seven Pacific nations in a new study...
    Links: RNZ
  • Reimagining sexuality and relationships education
    What more can sexuality and relationships education become in an era of consumption and digital technologies? ...
    Links: Scoop
  • 2018 Gay Games in Paris A Celebration of Diversity
    Links: Express

Wed 8 Mar 2017

  • Georgina’s Miraculous Second Chance at Life
    Links: Express
  • Coroner: George Michael died of natural causes
    George Michael, the gay singer who died suddenly on Christmas Day, died of natural causes including a weakened heart, a coroner has confirmed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Epidemic expert bewildered by NZAF funding issue
    A leading expert with three decades of experience in analysing New Zealand's HIV epidemic is bewildered by the timing of cutbacks at the primary HIV prevention organisation forced by what is effectively a minimum 8% funding cut in recent years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Three full-time staff equivalents cut at NZAF
    The equivalent of three full-time jobs have disappeared at the NZ AIDS Foundation as it restructures itself to operate within what is effectively a shrinking level of government-provided public health funding...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Mar 2016

  • Gay Adoption Rights: Ruling Overturned by US Supreme Court in LGBT...
    Links: Express
  • Universal Lady Crush Ladyhawke Releases New Record
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Pride to Honour Georgina Beyer in “Georgie Girl” Screening
    Links: Express
  • 'Beach Out' event cancelled due to weather
    Wellington's Beach Out event as part of Wellington Pride Festival I Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara has been cancelled due to bad weather in the capital today...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 31 years ago today in Parliament
    Today, 31 years ago, the Homosexual Law Reform Bill was introduced in Parliament, the first reading that paved the way for some of the freedom the LGBTI community now has...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aus PM and opposition attend Sydney Mardi Gras
    Malcolm Turnbull became the first ever Australian Prime Minister to attend the Sydney Mardi Gras festivities over the weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Logan dropped from another Pride function
    Hot on the heels of being barred from speaking at Saturday night's Parliamentary function launching the Wellington Pride Festival and marking thirty years since Homosexual Law Reform freed gay and bi men from criminality, one of the bill's most active and high-profile gay proponents has been 'dis-invited' from another function highlighting the legislation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Weather postpones Pride Picnic at Parliament
    Bad weather has forced the postponement of today's Pride Picnic at Parliament, an event aimed at celebrating the introduction of the Homosexual Law reform Bill to Parliament on this day in 1985...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Mar 2015

  • Rangimoana Taylor profile (Wellington)
    Rangimoana Taylor talks about growing up, biculturalism, activism and storytelling.
    Features: Rangimoana Taylor
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Sara - Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    Sara talks about politics, activism and newly completed research looking at heterosexism in tertiary student accommodation.
    Features: Sara Fraser
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Mardi Gras Parade 2015
    Links: Express
  • A taste of Mardi Gras
    From a prime spot behind the barricades GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Claim of violence against murder accused
    Beauen Wallace-Loretz One of the youths charged with robbing and murdering a gay man in Auckland last December was allegedly beaten up while in Mt Eden Remand Prison...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pyrrhic Victory?
    Across the Tasman, several weeks ago, the governing federal Liberal Party caucus voted to retain Tony Abbott after a secret ballot...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Mar 2014

  • Steve McVey profile (Wellington)
    Steve McVey talks about his photography and latest project Lost.
    Features: Steve McVey
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • HIV+ men invited to new support group
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has announced an eight-week facilitated support group for men living with HIV...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ralph and Rob's wedding
    One of the most moving submissions on the marriage equality bill has come full circle in a beautiful Christchurch garden wedding...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Mar 2013

  • Former Labour MP Geoff Braybrooke dies (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
    Braybrooke had campaigned tirelessly against homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s.
    Links: Stuff.co.nz
  • Hague says marriage equality looking likely
    Kevin Hague says the marriage equality Bill is likely to pass into law, but is encouraging people to continue lobbying their MPs...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kevin Hague's marriage equality update
    Kevin Hague - 8th March 2013    ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer Avengers to protest Sydney police actions
    The Queer Avengers will hold a protest at the Australian Embassy in Wellington tonight in solidarity with action in Sydney over allegations of police brutality at Mardi Gras...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Mar 2012

  • "Boylesque" coming to capital's Bathhouse Disco
    Picture by Alex Efimoff A male pole dancer and “boylesque” performer will be part of the out of the box line-up at Wellington’s upcoming Bathhouse Disco...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • $12,000 from collection for stressed HIV+ people
    NZAF patron Governor General Gerry Mateparae pitches in with a collection bucket...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 6.00pm: Major drop in 2011 gay/bi HIV infections
    Number of people diagnosed in NZ (red=gay/bi) yearly 1985-2011 6...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Body Positive: Providing the final safety net
    It's not too difficult to imagine the Midnight Express imagery which flashed through the minds of the Body Positive team when they fielded an urgent request to provide assistance for a man locked up in a Thai jail...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Body Positive: Providing the final safety net
    It's not too difficult to imagine the Midnight Express imagery which flashed through the minds of the Body Positive team when they fielded an urgent request to provide assistance for a man locked up in a Thai jail...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Four accused in Rotorua killing remanded
    The four people accused of murdering gay man Roman Skorek in Rotorua’s Kuirau Park have been remanded until April, when a trial date will be set...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV diagnoses drop welcomed but caution advised
    Number of people diagnosed in NZ (red=gay/bi) yearly 1985-2011 8...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obama's transgender nanny living in fear
    Turdi holds a photo of himself as Evie with a friend in earlier days US President Barak Obama's childhood nanny, who was born male and dressed as a man by day but assumed her female persona by night, has reverted to being a full-time male and is living in fear in Indonesia...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Mar 2011

  • Being gay under Gaddafi
    Muammar Gaddafi As popular uprisings sweep the Middle East, what is the situation of LGBT Libyans?   In Libya, lesbian and gay sex are both illegal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: How do we stop HIV this time?
    The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV Which ever way you look at it a new and disastrous HIV epidemic is right now sweeping through NZ gay and bi men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: How do we stop HIV this time?
    The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV Which ever way you look at it a new and disastrous HIV epidemic is right now sweeping through NZ gay and bi men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Refreshing, sublime Mates and Lovers
    Mates and Lovers 
Downstage Theatre, Wellington,
 8-12 March (Also in Dunedin 22-26 March) Presented by Fabulous Arts Aotearoa New Zealand Produced, written and directed by Ronald Trifero Nelson Starring Simon Leary and Paora Taurima Mates and Lovers is funny, irreverent, sad, tragic, serious, OTT, tongue-in-cheek clichéd and original, crude, sublime, stereotypical and fresh and innovative, all at once! And it works...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • TV network apology after "disgusting" comment
    A major Australian television network has issued a semi-apology after one of its news anchors described Mardi Gras as "disgusting...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Mar 2010

  • Gay profiles are now allowed on Xbox Live
    Online users of Microsoft's gaming console Xbox 360 can now use the words 'gay' and 'transgender' in their profiles, following a policy change...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UniQ's back as new study year begins
    UniQ LGBT social and support groups in tertiary study centres around New Zealand are back as students head to their first lectures for 2010...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • What's our community coming to?
    Below, Dot's bar owner Peter Taylor delivers a scathing yet optimistic 'State of the Union' address as New Zealand's LGBT citizens begin a decade of uncertainty...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Mar 2008

  • India: Transgender TV host defies taboos
    A young transgender Indian who started life as Ramesh Venkatesan - but is now known as Rose - has made television history by hosting a TV chat show...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Inside the new Burnett Centre
    Wayne Otter shows us around his new HQ There had been heated debate over what was going to happen to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's HIV support and testing headquarters in Auckland, so it was wonderful to see the relieved look on Burnett Centre manager Wayne Otter's face when we met him in College Hill last week, and heard good news...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Mar 2007

  • A postcard from Mardi Gras
    A couple of Sydney Mardi Gras partygoers! FLY MY PRETTIES FLY! "The party starts as soon as you get to the departure lounge," said her royal drag Highness Buckwheat… and I'm glad I got there early...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: NZ's gay media is a small, small world
    The Outlook Team The heated debate in GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: NZ's gay media is a small, small world
    The Outlook Team The heated debate in GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK
    The internet is now officially the most popular way for the UK's gays and lesbians to find a date...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK:
    John Inman, star of TV sitcom Are You Being Served?, has died in a west London hospital following a long illness...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Mar 2006

  • Television item (New Zealand)
    Breakfast, ref: TZP317919.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Destiny's hidden gay warriors
    Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki may very well think there are no gay Maori among his franchised congregations, but that would be far from accurate, says AIDS Foundation chair Hoani Jeremy Lambert...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Mar 2004

  • Islam prog will avoid gay issues
    The producer of an Islamic television programme which featured a Muslim cleric saying gays should be put to death has promised its broadcaster that future episodes will not touch on "controversial issues...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Petfood sponsor for Fair dog show
    A major pet food distributor has come forward with sponsorship for the doggy events at this weekend's Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Mar 2003

  • Television feature: Pansy screens on TV One (New Zealand)
    Author Peter Wells looks at his life "through pansy-tinted glasses". Motivated by the anniversary of his brother's death in 1989, the film charts Wells' path to becoming a pioneering gay filmmaker and writer. Ref F52190.
    Links: NZ On Screen, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, MF Films
  • Committee wants hatred material banned
    A Parliamentary committee wants censorship laws changed so material such as fundamentalist Christian films inciting hatred of gays can be banned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hero Festival was a success, says Trust
    The creditor-haunted Hero Charitable Trust is hailing Auckland's just-finished Hero Festival 2003 as an unqualified success, with financial figures due out within the next fortnight...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Mar 1997

  • Television item (Wellington, New Zealand)
    One Network News, ref: TZP180882.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Devotion dance party is held at Wellington Town Hall and Civic Square (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Stuff.co.nz
  • The Devotion parade is held through the inner city on Devotion day (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The parade started at 12:30pm at Chaffers Park. It then moved around into Courtenay Place, through the centre of town, ending at Civic Square. A group of fundamentalist Christians protested along the parade route.
    Links: National Library

Tue 8 Mar 1988

  • Television news report: a new book says AIDS can be passed on by kissing or sitting on toilet seats (New Zealand)
    Includes an interview with the co-author Dr Robert Kolodny. The book Crisis: Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of AIDS asserts that "the AIDS virus is now running rampant in the heterosexual community." The authors claim that under some circumstances, the virus can be spread by kissing, using toilet seats or eating in a restaurant. Eyewitness news ,ref F90811.
    Links: Washington Post, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 8 Mar 1985

  • Parliament: introduction of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (8 March 1985) (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the introduction and first reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament, 8 March 1985.
    Features: Allan Wallbank, Eddie Isbey, Fran Wilde, Geoff Braybrooke, Gerald Wall, Graeme Lee, Helen Clark, Jim McLay, Merv Wellington, Neil Morrison, Norman Jones, Paul East, Richard Northey, Trevor de Cleene, Venn Young, Winston Peters
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Labour MP Fran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament (New Zealand)
    The Bill passes its first reading 51 to 24 votes.
    Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, LAGANZ
  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform opponents fail to prevent its referral to a Parliamentary select committee (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP17247.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Parliament agrees to consider homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F61914.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

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