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On This Day: 25th March

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Sat 25 Mar 2023

  • Opinion: Buckle up your rainbow coloured belt, here come the Tamakis
    Counter protesters, the taste of blood red tomato juice still fresh, turned to Vision NZ...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Trans woman’s experience of 17 years of conversion therapy at controversial Far North school and church
    Trans woman told 'join a rugby team' and head into the bush to bolster her masculinity...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Transgender rights demonstration brings hundreds to central Christchurch
    Hundreds of people have been demonstrating and chanting in central Christchurch today in support of transgender rights...
    Links: RNZ
  • Whangārei’s first Pride Parade leads to colourful celebration
    Whangārei Pride Parade takes to the streets for inaugural event...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Agony Uncle: Advice For Peaceful Protestors
    Links: Express
  • Posie Parker Wellington Event Cancelled
    Links: Express

Fri 25 Mar 2022

  • “Gay” Abandoned Dog Finds New Home With Queer Family
    Links: Express
  • Italian Court Makes Historic Ruling In Favour Of Non-Binary Person’s Gender...
    Links: Express

Thu 25 Mar 2021

  • Mia Farlane (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre, LILAC)
    Author Mia Farlane reads from, and discusses Parallel Hell
    Features: Carole Hicks, Mia Farlane
  • Christchurch's Court Theatre recasting trans role after complaints
    Christchurch's Court Theatre has apologised and is recasting, after complaints from the transgender and gender diverse community over a new play...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Episode 90 - Identify: Diversity Counts
    Compass interviews John Fenaughty about the Identify survey, what the survey is, how it came to be and what it could help us achieve...
    Links: InsideOUT
  • The Rest Is History - the birth of RainbowYouth
    On The Rest Is History tonight we're staying in New Zealand and winding back 32 years this week to the 24th March 1989 when Rainbow Youth was conceived at a Gay and Lesbian Conference that was held in Auckland...
    Links: RNZ

Wed 25 Mar 2020

  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Romeos and Juliets urged to stay home and avoid casual sex
    Kiwis are being warned against sneaking out during the lockdown for casual sex or a lovers' tryst and were urged to spice up their love lives with webcams and sexy phone calls instead...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Georgina Beyer on Carmen Rupe: 'We had to live in this twilight'
    "From the good and the great to the lowest of the low, she bridged a gap," says Georgina Beyer of transgender trailblazer, Carmen Rupe...
    Links: RNZ
  • Ask Agony Uncle Eli
    Links: Express
    Links: Express
  • Eurovision Cancelled as Coronavirus Sweeps Europe
    Links: Express

Mon 25 Mar 2019

  • How useful is sex education in schools?
    A new survey by Family Planning has found young people feel they aren't being taught enough about sex and sexuality in the classroom, and top up their learning on-line ...
    Links: RNZ
  • LGBTI organisations call for decriminalization of sex work
    During the final day of the ILGA World Conference, held in Aotearoa New Zealand, LGBTI activists worldwide resolved to address the stigmatisation of sex workers, including in the LGBTI movement...
    Links: Scoop
  • Transgender rights debate: Separating the facts from the fiction
    No, small children aren't given harmful hormones...
    Links: Stuff
  • Attempts to Fight Trump’s Transgender Military Purge Put Forward
    Links: Express
  • Wellington International Pride Parade Rescheduled for Saturday 11 May
    Links: Express

Sun 25 Mar 2018

  • AP Explains: Trump's policy on transgender troops
    PALM BEACH, Fla...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Trump moves to limit transgender individuals from military service
    President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that bans some transgender individuals from serving in the U...
    Links: RNZ

Sat 25 Mar 2017

  • Review: Natalia Osipova and Guests
    Links: Express
  • Gay man guilty of infecting partner with HIV
    Mikio Filitonga An Auckland man has been found guilty of infecting his then-partner with HIV...

Fri 25 Mar 2016

  • Christchurch Pride: Easter Agender ‘T’ Party
    Links: Express
  • Mr Gay Wellington Postponed
    Links: Express
  • National Hui to Address HIV Stigma and Discrimination in Te Ao...
    Links: Express
  • National hui to address HIV stigma faced by Māori
    A national hui aim to address the stigma and discrimination often faced by Māori living with, or affected by, HIV...
  • Pride Down South
    Jill Stevens has been involved with Christchurch Pride Festival for the past five years and says every year she sees it getting bigger and bigger, but what exactly is it about Christchurch Pride that makes it the highlight of the year for the Southern city’s LGBTI community?   “Hands down the people!” says Jill “every year we watch new friendships being formed, new contacts being made...

Wed 25 Mar 2015

  • Emma - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Emma talks about representation and the relationship between queerness and mental health.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • Expedia’s New Ad Featuring Gay Couple Met With Homophobic Abuse
    Links: Express
  • New Wellington Exhibition Traces Gay Lives Since Law Reform
    Links: Express
  • Russia Fails To Stop UN Extending Couples Benefits to Gay Staff
    Links: Express
  • Bid to stop UN same-sex staff benefits fails
    A last-ditch attempt by Russia to force the United Nations to abandon plans to extend spousal benefits to the same-sex partners of its staff has failed...
  • Ivy Bar Manager feels "hugely let down"
    Mawhinney outside court following today's sentencing...
  • Man escapes jail over Ivy Bar assault
    Steven Mawhinney after the assault The man who assaulted Ivy Bar manager Steven Mawhinney has escaped jail after the prosecution withdrew an assertion his behaviour was homophobic...
  • Sentencing over Ivy Bar assault imminent
    Mawhinney took this picture after the assault A man who assaulted Ivy Bar manager Steven Mawhinney is due to be sentenced at Wellington District Court today...

Tue 25 Mar 2014

  • Akl parents' group to have first meeting
    A new Auckland group for parents and friends of glbti youngsters will have its first meeting tonight...
  • Mormon Neon Trees singer comes out
    Tyler Glenn The lead singer of the band Neon Trees, Tyler Glenn, has come out, and revealed conflicted feelings towards being Mormon led to years of repressing his sexuality...
  • Rainbow Wellington: Chair's Report
    Rainbow Wellington Rainbow Wellington has just has its AGM...

Mon 25 Mar 2013

  • Logie continues NZ's stand for GLBTI rights
    Jan Logie Green MP Jan Logie has given a passionate speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Ecuador, as the New Zealand delegation continues its powerful stand for global GLBTI rights...
  • Marriage equality Bill heading to Committee Stage
    Kevin Hague MPs against the marriage equality Bill are expected to attempt to slow its progress as it goes to its Committee Stage this week...
  • New Archbishop backs state's right to decide
    Philip Richardson The newly-elected archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand believes the state has the right to decide who can and cannot be legally married...
  • New gay and bi HIV infections rose in 2012
    The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand has risen again, to a likely 87 in 2012...
  • Protests over marriage in Paris, London
    Paris riot police have fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Champs-Elysees avenue as 300,000 people protested against marriage and adoption equality...
  • The sad death of Lucy Meadows
  • Watch: 12-year-old’s testimony for marriage equality
    A 12-year-old with two mums and two dads has testified at a marriage equality hearing in Rhode Island, telling the panel: "If there's one thing you don't mess with in life, it's love...

Fri 25 Mar 2011

  • "Lesbian" becoming a religion in Census campaign
    A campaign is growing in the UK calling for people to list their religion as "lesbian" in the Census to protest the lack of a question on sexual orientation...
  • Canada opens arms to persecuted refugees
    Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced a pilot project to help refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation...
  • Convention to explore modern lesbian world
    File picture "Lesbianism, funky or defunct?" is one of the curly questions which will be posed at a gathering of women in Auckland tomorrow...
  • Hughes resigning from Parliament
  • Naked man seen near MP's Wellington home
  • National group forming for glbt issues
    Speir and Stevens introduce the ARA concept to last week's conference A small steering group of gays and lesbians is hoping to create a national organisation to help define social and legal problems which face our communities and which may be able to coordinate community responses to them...
  • Not necessarily the end for Hughes - Goff
    6PM: Labour Leader Phil Goff says his decision to accept Darren Hughes' resignation should not be seen as any indication he believes the MP has done wrong...

Thu 25 Mar 2010

  • Boy George bringing prison life to stage
    London-based gay DJ and former pop star Boy George is planning to star in a play based on his prison experiences...
  • Constance McMillen thanks her supporters
    Mississippi teenager Constance McMillen has been victorious in a federal court fight for the right to take her girlfriend to her school prom...
  • Indonesian police ban gay rights conference
    A conference of Asian gay rights campaigners has been cancelled by Indonesian police, who claim it could lead to violent protests by conservative Muslim groups...
  • Lesbian teen wins prom battle in court
    Constance McMillen A Mississippi federal court has ruled school officials violated a lesbian student's First Amendment rights when it cancelled the high school prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend...
  • Pink Shirt Day will be back this April
    Pink Shirt Day will return next month, to take a vibrant stand against bullying...

Wed 25 Mar 2009

  • Dolly Parton brushes off lesbian rumours
    A probing interviewer for US magazine AARP has asked country music legend Dolly Parton if she and her best friend Judy Ogle are actually lesbian lovers...
  • Let's talk about Hero
    Auckland had a vibrant LGBT Festival this year - but only just...

Tue 25 Mar 2008

  • San Francisco crowns 2008's Hunky Jesus
    San Franciscans flocked to a park in the city at the weekend for a gay Easter Sunday tradition - to compete in or witness the Hunky Jesus competition...
  • Takataapui TV to return - without presenters
    A sixth series of the award-winning Maori Television LGBT programme Takataapui will screen next month - at an earlier timeslot and without on-screen presenters...

Sun 25 Mar 2007

  • Ian Thorpe:
    In a new interview, the notoriously private Australian swimming icon Ian Thorpe opened up about his personal life and the constant speculation over his sexuality...

Sat 25 Mar 2006

  • Comment: Slippery Slopes and Time Warps
    Pray tell, if same-sex marriage or civil unions will lead to recognition of heterosexual polygamy, what about Martin Luther, Philip of Hesse and Protestant sanction for bigamy in the sixteenth century? The Christian Right can't squirm out of this one by pointing to traditionalist fundamentalist Mormons or the Anabaptists in Munster (1535-36)...
  • Tragic Tracts
    If you were unlucky enough to spend sproghood behind enemy lines as I was, you may have encountered little cartoon tracts entitled Chick Publications...

Fri 25 Mar 2005

  • HIV positive people now in flu priority list
    The Ministry of Health has now confirmed that HIV positive people will be amongst those given priority access to a full strength three-virus influenza vaccine...

Thu 25 Mar 2004

  • Television item (New Zealand)
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    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Georgina Beyer: Leaving the goldfish bowl
    Georgina Beyer MPs on both sides of the House have acknowledged that Georgina Beyer is a very, very good MP - they point to her effectiveness in parliamentary select committees where the real work is done...

Wed 25 Mar 1998

Wed 25 Mar 1987

Tue 25 Mar 1986

  • Parliament: Committee of the Whole House - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (25 March 1986) (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from parts of the Committee of the Whole House during the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 25 March 1986.
    Features: Bill Sutton, Fran Wilde, Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Ian McLean, Jim Anderton, John Banks, Maurice McTigue, Michael Cullen, Roger McClay, Russell Marshall, Trevor Young, Venn Young, Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan
  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)

Sat 25 Mar 1978

  • The National Coalition for Gay Rights conference is held at Victoria University over the Easter weekend (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Workshops include gay welfare, coming out, older gays, gays outside the main centres, politics of being gay, gays and other minorities, sexism and sex stereotyping. The conference ended on Easter Sunday with a spontaneous march on Parliament. A marcher was quoted in Saliant magazine as saying "if you are discriminated against, you can't ever take a holiday from that discrimination."
    Links: Salient (1), Salient (2), TVNZ

Wed 25 Mar 1942

  • Writer and actor Richard O'Brien is born (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)
    Links: Wikipedia

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