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Fri 20 Mar 2020

  • Sex-on-site venue Checkmate closes due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The venue re-opens on 22 June 2020.
  • Coronavirus drug in New Zealand: Scientists to trial medicine on Kiwi patients
    Kiwi Covid-19 cases may soon be recruited for clinical studies looking at whether medicines used for malaria and HIV could help infected patients recover...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Coronavirus: NZ to host studies searching for Covid-19 treatments
    New Zealand patients may soon be recruited for clinical studies looking at whether medicines used for malaria and HIV could help Covid-19 patients recover...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Teen Expelled From School For Rainbow Birthday Cake in Kentucky USA
    Links: Express

Wed 20 Mar 2019

  • Louisa Wall - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand (Rainbow Room, Parliament)
    Interview with Louisa Wall, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Louisa Wall
  • BANG! Bonus Ep: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    In Sex At Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, co-authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha take what they call the "standard narrative" of human sexual evolution and re-examine it through a different lens: suggesting that sexual exclusivity was not a part of our ancestor's expectations around relationships...
    Links: RNZ
  • Eileen Merriman: Invisibly Breathing
    Young adult author Eileen Merriman's third book Invisibly Breathing explores attitudes to coming out as gay, and to bullying, both at school and at home...
    Links: RNZ
  • Japan urged to drop transgender sterilisation rule
    Japan urged to drop requirement that transgender people be sterilised to have their gender changed on official documents...
    Links: Stuff
  • Judge Aborts Businessman and Entertainer’s Sex and Corruption Trial
    Links: Express
  • Judge Orders Jussie Smollett to Attend Every Day of His Trial
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith ‘Comes Out’ as Non-Binary and Questions Transitioning
    Links: Express
  • Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Purge Scheduled to Commence Next Month
    Links: Express

Tue 20 Mar 2018

  • Vigil for Zena (Civic Square, Wellington)
    Audio from the Vigil for Zena Campbell, held in Civic Square on 20 March 2018
    Features: Bella Simpson, Brian Dawson, Chris Campbell, Fleur Fitzsimons, Jan Logie, Jem Traylen, Kassie Hartendorp, Kevin Haunui, Tiwhanawhana
  • A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who died on 11 February 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square.
  • The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights in memory of Zena Campbell (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wrote on his Facebook page "We're standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the pride and trans community."
    Links: PrideNZ
  • Candlelight vigil for transgender alleged murder victim Zena Campbell begins
    A candlelight vigil for a 21-year-old transgender woman who was killed in Wellington has begun...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Book Review: Charlie by Elton Justice
    Links: Express

Mon 20 Mar 2017

  • YouTube’s Restricted Mode Blocks LGBT+ Content
    Links: Express
  • Trans advocates slam media coverage of court case
    Two of New Zealand’s prominent transgender advocates say the mainstream media coverage of convicted offender Alex Aleti Seu, is “ignorant” and “inflammatory”...

Sun 20 Mar 2016

  • Queer performers are off to Melbourne Fringe
    The talented women behind The Offensive Nipple Show have won the Tiki Tour Award following the Wellington Fringe Festival and will see them head to Melbourne to perform...

Fri 20 Mar 2015

  • Tamati Coffey’s ‘Ponsonby Rd’ Bar Opens in Rotorua
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Frontrunners marking 15 years
    Wellington Frontrunners are turning 15 this year, and are reaching out to current and former members to take part in celebrations...

Thu 20 Mar 2014

  • Tomlin/Fonda reunite for gay-themed sitcom
    Former Nine to Five co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are reuniting for a new TV series from Netflix, as two foes whose lives are altered dramatically when their husbands fall in love with each other...

Wed 20 Mar 2013

  • Westboro gets rainbow-painted neighbour
    Picture - Carol Hartsell A house across the road from the repulsively anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has been painted in rainbow colours...

Tue 20 Mar 2012

  • Reverend Clark was a "true friend and supporter"
    Reverend David Clark was 65 Gay Presbyterian minister Reverend David Clark is being remembered as a true friend and supporter, as well as a progressive thinker, ahead of his funeral in Auckland tomorrow...

Sun 20 Mar 2011

  • Film night presents LA Mission
    We've all locked horns with our dads from time to time...

Sat 20 Mar 2010

  • Bullying boss "made me feel sick about who I was"
    "He repeatedly called me a 'fucking faggot'...

Fri 20 Mar 2009

  • What might a "Gay Brain" Mean?
    "Scientists have found tentative evidence that gay men's brains are similar in configuration to those of straight women, while lesbian brains were similar to those of straight men" Watching TV3's 60 Minutes recently, I spotted a segment on advances in neurological imaging technology, which made me wonder about what this might mean for us...

Thu 20 Mar 2008

  • US: Gay man's killer seeks new sentencing
    A Colorado man sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of a Montrose gay man is asking the state Court of Appeals to reduce his sentence or order a new sentencing hearing...

Tue 20 Mar 2007

  • Theatre:
    ‘La Clique' The Famous Spiegeltent Red Square, Britomart There's not much time left! “La Clique” ends its sensational run on March 25, and though it's sold out, you should queue for returns! This may well be the attraction for which AK07 is best remembered, and that's saying a mouthful! Even “Miss Behave”, one of the “…the last surviving female sword swallowers in the world today…” would have a problem arguing with that fact, and believe me; she has lots of oral capacity...

Mon 20 Mar 2006

  • The Infernal Lust Hormones of Doctor Reisman!!!
    Did you know that exposure to just one naked bloke can turn you into a rampaging, erototoxin crazed lust puppet? Or so says Christian Right anti-porn zealot Dr Judith Reisman...

Sun 20 Mar 2005

  • Peron speaks of trial by rumour
    Embattled bookseller and GayNZ...

Wed 20 Mar 1985

  • Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
    Links: LAGANZ
  • Television: Debate about Homosexual Law Reform between supporters Fran Wilde and Doctor Ian Scott versus opponents John Kennedy and Geoff Braybrooke (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP125456. Special broadcast from Otago Boys High School, where a public meeting is being held in the form of a debate over Homosexual Law Reform.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Thu 20 Mar 1980

  • The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)

Sat 20 Mar 1948

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds is born
    Links: LILAC

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