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Wed 18 Mar 2020

  • A New Queer Bar in Westmere
    Links: Express
  • Invading the Drag House
    Links: Express
  • Wrestler Becomes Switzerland’s First Openly Gay Professional Athlete
    Links: Express

Mon 18 Mar 2019

  • The Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (New Zealand)
    The flags are flown to mark the beginning of the ILGA World Conference 2019. They are flown at half-mast, along with New Zealand's national flag, in memory of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres.
    Links: Wikimedia (1), Wikimedia (2), MCH
  • The ILGA World Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The conference marks the 40th anniversary of ILGA, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. This is the first time the World Conference is held in Oceania.
    Links: IGLA conference
  • The Lesbian Community Radio Programme changes its name to the acronym QUILTED BANANAS (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The acronym stands for "Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby (non-binary), Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, the name QUILTED BANANAS is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have, and how finding your identity within them can be as messy - but also as fun - as trying to quilt with bananas."
    Links: Facebook
  • Military Pride: RNZDF Squadron Leader Stu Pearce
    Friday's dreadful events in Christchurch, has led to the postponement of a number of events around the country over the weekend, as an act of respect, and to enable police to focus on priorities...
    Links: RNZ
  • Elton John To Release His First Autobiography Following ‘Rocket Man’ Film
    Links: Express
  • Taking Kiwi Spirit and Swimwear to America
    Links: Express

Sat 18 Mar 2017

  • Wellington Pride Parade 2017 (Wellington)
    Audio from the Wellington Pride Parade 2017. This was the first time in over two decades that a pride parade has marched through the city
    Features: Jan Logie

Fri 18 Mar 2016

  • Discriminatory Law Passed in Georgia
    Links: Express
  • Tamati Coffey’s Ponsonby Rd Turns One!
    Links: Express
  • Wellington GayTM vandalised
    Wellington LGBTI community members have reported that the GAYTM at the ANZ on Lambton Quay has been vandalised, with someone writing “FO Homo perverts!” on it...

Wed 18 Mar 2015

  • “This Rainbow Panel’s Time Has Come” – Advisory Board One Step...
    Links: Express
  • Comedy Festival Profile: Neil Thornton.
    Links: Express
  • David Walliams and Alan Cumming Headlining Auckland Writers Festival
    Links: Express
  • US Presbyterian Church Embraces GLBT Inclusive Definition Of Marriage
    Links: Express
  • Wallace Arts Trust Welcomes 500,000th Visitor
    Links: Express
  • US: Presbyterians back marriage equality
    The US Presbyterian Church has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage...

Tue 18 Mar 2014

  • Hague and Logie's rankings unchanged
    Greens' Rainbow pair Jan Logie and Kevin Hague Rainbow MPs Kevin Hague and Jan Logie look assured of safe returns to Parliament based on their respective rankings on the Green Party’s draft list...

Mon 18 Mar 2013

  • Strong interest in free HIV tests at Otago Uni
    File photo Otago University's had a good uptake of free HIV tests on campus, which it offered as part of its student association’s Sexual Health Week...

Sun 18 Mar 2012

  • Falls Park readied for Heroes Out West
    Henderson’s Falls Park is being readied for this afternoon’s annual Auckland lesbian gathering, Heroes Out West...

Fri 18 Mar 2011

  • Closing comments - AsiaPacific Outgames (Ilott Theatre)
    Closing comments from the Human Rights Conference at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Barry Taylor, Boris Dittrich, Chanel Hati, Eileen Brown, Kay Jones, Rosslyn Noonan, Ruth Busch, Satya Rai Nagpaul
  • Conference closing - AsiaPacific Outgames (Ilott Theatre)
    Audio from the closing of the Human Rights Conference at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Anne Speir, Barry Taylor, Michael Stevens
  • Janette Kelly and Debora Lee (Wellington Town Hall)
    Features: Debora Lee, Janette Kelly
  • Jeremy Naylor (Wellington Town Hall)
    Features: Jeremy Naylor
  • Julie Douglas and co (Wellington Town Hall)
    Features: Julie Douglas, Liz Robinson, Rob Haultain
  • Phylesha Brown-Acton - AsiaPacific Outgames (Ilott Theatre)
    Phylesha Brown-Acton delivers a keynote presentation at the Human Rights Conference of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Phylesha Brown-Acton
  • Session 7, Gender, Sexuality and Rights (Ilott Theatre)
    Audio from the Gender, Sexuality and Rights session at the Human Rights Conference of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Boris Dittrich, Nicola Surtees, Senthorun Raj, Susan Hawthorne
  • Session 8, Intersectionality (Ilott Theatre)
    Audio from the Intersectionality session at the Human Rights Conference of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Sumithra Chand
  • Sunil Pant - AsiaPacific Outgames (Ilott Theatre)
    Sunil Pant delivers a keynote presentation at the Human Rights Conference of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
    Features: Maryan Street, Sunil Pant
  • Vaitoa Toelupe (Wellington Town Hall)
    Features: Vaitoa Toelupe
  • Out Games exceed organisers' expectations

Thu 18 Mar 2010

  • Meet Eric French - Mr. Urge NZ Bear 2010
    Many manly men entered Urge bar's prized pageant during NZ Bear Week - but there could only be one winner...

Wed 18 Mar 2009

  • USA will now sign UN gay rights declaration
    The Obama administration will sign a United Nations declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality - which previous President George W...

Tue 18 Mar 2008

  • Spain: Lesbian lover inherits palace
    The three children of the Spanish aristocrat known as the "Red Duchess" are grappling with the revelation that she had married her lesbian lover on her deathbed - and made out her will to her...

Sun 18 Mar 2007

  • Television news report: two new HIV drugs are available in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Dr Richard Meech, Rachael Le Mesurier and Dr Nigel Dickson. TV3 news, ref F98423.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Star Trek fans make long-lost gay episode
    A new Star Trek fan production will show a gay liaison between Captain Kirk's nephew and his Starfleet Lieutenant boyfriend, in a storyline written for ‘The Next Generation', but never filmed...

Fri 18 Mar 2005

  • Where the Human Rights Act is failing us
    Thought the Human Rights Act 1993 could protect you from all forms of abuse as a GLBT person? Think again...

Thu 18 Mar 2004

  • Pacific homophobic coment sent to BSA
    Wellington gay business group GAP has referred to the Broadcasting Standards Authority a complaint about Radio Pacific allegations that a cocktail function organised for Sir Ian McKellen at Premier House was taxpayer funded...

Tue 18 Mar 2003

  • Anti-gay churchgoers heading to court
    A Tongan Methodist church congregation which opposes the appointment of gays as ministers has gone to court seeking ownership of an Auckland church...

Sat 18 Mar 1995

  • The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)

Tue 18 Mar 1986

Mon 18 Mar 1985

  • The AIDS Support Network becomes a charitable trust (New Zealand)
    The name is changed to the AIDS Support Network Trust.
    Links: LAGANZ,

Sun 18 Mar 1973

  • Television current affairs: a look at the life of a transsexual prior to undergoing surgery (New Zealand)
    This Day, ref TZP86610. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

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