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Mon 22 Mar 2021

  • The transgender Islamic school in Pakistan breaking barriers
    A long white shawl on her head, Rani Khan gives daily Koran lessons at Pakistan's first transgender-only Islamic religious school, which she set up herself using her life savings...
    Links: RNZ
  • Immigration NZ Apologies for Linking to Slang Page Calling Gay Men...
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Woof Auckland Rainbow Dog Show
    Links: Express

Fri 22 Mar 2019

  • Historic LGBTI Equality Legislation Introduced in US Congress
    Links: Express

Wed 22 Mar 2017

  • HIV Positive Man Lies To Partner, Passes on HIV
    Links: Express
  • Queensland repeals 'gay panic' defence
    Queensland Parliament has repealed the ‘gay panic’ defence, leaving South Australia as the only state to still allow its use...
  • Review: Resident Alien
    Roy Ward has, after four years, revived his excellent perfomance as Quentin Crisp in the beautifully written Resident Alien...
  • What "Other" Issues Concern Us?
    What "other"issues should concern LGBT inhabitants of New Zealand? Once again, I must thank No Pride in Prisons for stimulating this area of thought...

Tue 22 Mar 2016

  • Sir Ian McKellen: “No One Regrets Being Honest About Their Sexuality”
    Links: Express
  • Annie Lennox recognised for HIV/AIDS activism
    Annie Lennox has been recognised for her HIV/AIDS activism...
  • Lady poets serves up antics for Chch Pride
    Lady Poets is poetry like you’ve never seen it before, subverting norms and throwing in a few laughs and a lot of ridiculous antics...
  • Obituary: Guido Westerwalle: (1961 -2016)
    Although Germany still forbids marriage equality, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Vice Chancellor for her first two terms, Guido Westerwalle, leader of the Free Democrats, was an out gay man...
  • Red Cross campaign hightlights story of trans woman
    The Red Cross have highlighted the story of a trans woman in their latest campaign ‘Together we can make a big difference’...
  • The Awkward Brigade?
    So, as expected, Australian federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has completed his review of the Safe Schools LGBTI anti-bullying curriculum, and vindicated it...
  • Uncensored screwball comedy-cabaret tonight in AKL
    Australia’s Queen of the underground Glitta Supernova is taking to the stage in Auckland tonight, wrapping up her NZ Fringe Festival tour...

Sun 22 Mar 2015

  • Tasha - Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    Tasha talks about powerlifting and acceptance in sport.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • California Proposition Calling For Executions of Gays and Lesbians May Be...
    Links: Express
  • Short Film Sunday: Raw Love (Amor Crudo)
    Two friends spend the last days of high school together, but this will inevitably come to an end...

Sat 22 Mar 2014

  • Backgrounder: Russia and the Ukraine
    Thankfully, Putin kept his shirt on this time...
  • Hymn-quoting condom ad ruled acceptable
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's not so merry tradition of being the target of Advertising Standard Authority complaints has continued, with a cheeky take on a hymn raising ire this time...
  • Lorde fans counter Westboro's picket
    Pic: Twitter Lorde fans have held signs ranging from 'God loves everyone' to 'Lorde is your God tonight bitches' in a counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church's picket outside her Kansas City concert...
  • Walking art: Zakk’s story
    Zakk d’Larté has gone from the nightmare of being different at high school, to an empowering and poised designer and performer, who is turning heads as he lives life ‘as a performance art piece’...

Thu 22 Mar 2012

  • John - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Lois - Older Lesbians (Wellington)
  • Shane - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Obituary: Remembering The Reverend David Clark
    The following is a summary of  the late David Clark's life, delivered at his funeral by close friend The Revd Dr Allan Davidson, whom Clark had asked to prepare and present it...

Tue 22 Mar 2011

  • Carmen home at last after hip operation
    Carmen Rupe Trans Tasman and ex-Wellington tranny Goddess Carmen Rupe was expected to be back in her home today following an extended hospital stay after she fell and broke a hip...
  • From the sidelines
    The action on and off the field kept GayNZ...
  • Outgames crew recounts many highlights
    David Hindley The Outgames organising team is expressing delight at how the event ran, after having a little time to reflect on a massive week which took more than two years to plan...
  • Site apologetic after classing Beyer as "random"
    A popular daily deals website has apologised for classifying Georgina Beyer's gender as “random” in a promotion...
  • Stubborn Gillard leaves gay Aussies fuming
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has left many outraged following her statement that she is personally against same-sex marriage because of her conservative upbringing...

Mon 22 Mar 2010

  • Aroha Festival Video Highlights
    GayNZ was at Auckland's Aroha Day where hundreds of people enjoyed the free entertainment...
  • Review: Gay lives revealed, in our own words
    Slowly, piece by piece, gay New Zealand men's lives are being documented in substantial ways and it is good to see that this is happening through our own efforts and not on the front pages of tabloid newspapers as in past decades...
  • US general claims gays weakened Dutch army
    An accusation that having openly gay soldiers in the Dutch army led to the massacre of 8000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men has caused outrage in the USA and The Netherlands...
  • Volunteers important in fight against HIV
    The importance of volunteer workers to help fight the re-emergent HIV epidemic amongst gay and bi men was a strong theme of yesterday's NZ AIDS Foundation garden party marking 25 years of HIV in New Zealand...

Sun 22 Mar 2009

  • "The first time I went to a gay bar"
    Eight LGBT Kiwis remember the first time they ever ventured into a gay drinking hotspot...
  • Auckland to Sydney gay cruise now on sale
    Bookings are available only this week for Aussies and Kiwis to get on board the first ever all-gay cruise from Auckland to Sydney, setting off in February next year...

Sat 22 Mar 2008

  • Rainbow Labour MP Louisa Wall
    Louisa Wall MP New Zealand's newest Member of Parliament is a former Silver Fern netballer...
  • Topp Twins to play and film at Powerstation
    New Zealand's much-loved lesbian sisters Jools and Lynda Topp will be in concert again next month - and their one night at Auckland's Powerstation will be filmed for an upcoming documentary on the talented twins...

Thu 22 Mar 2007

  • ChCh
    Five decades of Christchurch's LGBT culture will be candidly explored in a new documentary currently in production – and locals are invited to participate...
  • Chris Finlayson - National
    I have been asked to provide an opinion piece for GayNZ...
  • Comment: How not to argue
    Is the Maxim Institute deliberately throwing its chances when it comes to its formerly core Christian Right issues, so it has more time to devote to its current core centre right causes? As I recorded last year, Maxim's Paul Henderson did a paper on "Family in the 21st Century" at the Institute for Marriage and the Family Canada, so what did he have to say about civil unions or same-sex marriage? Nothing...
  • NZ's Diversity Police out in force
    The New Zealand Police is making great strides toward representing the community it serves, a senior diversity facilitator for the police writes this week...
  • Opinion: Nunny State?
    Next Wednesday, Lindsay Perigo will lead a horde of fundamentalist spanking enthusiasts to Parliament...
  • UK: House of Lords approves equality laws
    Peers in London's House of Lords have backed the government over gay equality laws at the centre of a row with the Catholic Church...

Wed 22 Mar 2006

  • Dunedin-based actor Steven Ray
    Steven Ray "Original presenter of PlaySchool, featured in numerous tv/films and 30 years of theatre...
  • The Paradise Package at the Fortune Theatre
    Actor, writer and director Geraldine Brophy has often flown in the face of accepted commercial wisdom with her plays, and her latest – The Paradise Package – is no exception, centring around the fantasy island wedding of a middle-aged male couple, whom she describes as her "benchmark for normal"...

Tue 22 Mar 2005

  • Personalities emerge in Peron allegations
    Political commentator and out gay man Lindsay Perigo admits he was the conduit into New Zealand for allegations about the background of GayNZ...

Mon 22 Mar 2004

  • Candles in the Wind
    Two years ago, at a Candlelight Memorial service in Christchurch, Ray Taylor spoke to those people who had gathered to remember family and friends lost to AIDS...
  • Wellington Fair "biggest in years"
    Organisers of Wellington's 19th Gay and Lesbian Fair are hailing it as "the largest queer event held in Wellington for many years...

Wed 22 Mar 1989

  • Television news report: Tom McLean calls for an end to discrimination against people with AIDS (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Tom McLean, Bill Logan and David Blackmore. Eyewitness news, ref F95834.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fri 22 Mar 1985

  • Television news report: Salvation Army take over organised opposition to Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP13134.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 22 Mar 1983

Tue 22 Mar 1977

  • Television news report: By-election in Mangere after the resignation of Colin Moyle (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Ref TZP27818.
    Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

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