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Sat 27 Mar 2021

  • Hikoi to Out in the City (2021) (Frank Kitts Park)
    Interviews with people on the hikoi to Out in the City, which was held on 27 March 2021. The hikoi is followed by the opening of Out in the City at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
    Features: Ahi Wi-Hongi, Elizabeth Kerekere, Hugh Young, James Shaw, Jan Logie, Levi Torrey, Michelle Dawes, Paddy Noble, Ricardo Menendez March, Roger Swanson, Ropata Maxwell, Sarah Arndt, Tabby Besley, Taine Polkinghorne, Tiwhanawhana, Tony Mackle, Vivian Lyngdoh
  • Out in the City (2021) (Michael Fowler Centre)
    Interviews with people at Out in the City, which was held on 27 March 2021 at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
    Features: Angele Toomey, Arrun Soma, Bridget Hughes, Chaz Harris, Craig Hutson, Des Smith, Dorianne Page, Dyl Jones, Gavin Hamilton, Grant Robertson, Iona Anderson, Jaime Hutton, James Malcolm, Jan Logie, Jared Pullar, Jelly O'Shea, John Jolliff, Karen Harris, Kim Wheeler, Lou Percy, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Mari North, Mary Barnett, Micah Geiringer, Mike Fairhurst, Morgan-Jean Butler, Prue Hyman, Stephen Clothier, T Peters, Tracey Bentall, Tyler Williams, Vivian Lyngdoh

Fri 27 Mar 2020

  • Corona Closes Checkmate Indefinitely
    Links: Express
  • Egyptian Government Denies Existence Of LGBTI+ People
    Links: Express
  • We Can Only Be a Rainbow When All the Colours are...
    Links: Express

Wed 27 Mar 2019

  • New book shares stories from Samoa's rainbow community
    A new book that shares experiences of Samoa's rainbow community through the stories of 14 fa'afafine, transgender and queer writers, has been launched in Wellington...
    Links: RNZ
  • The book 'Samoan Queer Lives' launches in Wellington
    A new book sharing the lived experiences of Samoa's rainbow community was launches in Wellington, New Zealand...
    Links: RNZ
  • Jussie Smollett to Walk Free with all Charges Being Dropped by...
    Links: Express

Tue 27 Mar 2018

  • Parliament: second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill
    Features: Adrian Rurawhe, Amy Adams, Andrew Falloon, Andrew Little, Chris Bishop, Darroch Ball, David Seymour, Ginny Andersen, Grant Robertson, Jan Logie, Maggie Barry, Matt King, Poto Williams, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Raymond Huo, Tim van de Molen
  • The second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
    The Bill unanimously passes its second reading.
  • Parliament’s to do list: prison tattoos, homosexual offences, and OMG blasphemy
    Each sitting day in the House MPs work their way through business which is set out on the order paper...
    Links: RNZ
  • Transgender health pathways but no reassignment surgery for NZ
    This story was originally published by NZ Doctor and is republished with permission...
    Links: Stuff
  • Unjust gay convictions one step closer to being wiped
    A Bill demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to right the wrongs of the past for those who were convicted of historical homosexual offences has passed its second reading says Justice Minister Andrew Little...
    Links: Scoop

Mon 27 Mar 2017

  • Fab Family
    Links: Express
  • Canada and Transgender Equality
    As the world turns, Canada is entering the final stage of legislative debate before passing Bill C-16 into law...

Sun 27 Mar 2016

  • Group Programme (March 2016)- Pride Audio Collective (Wellington)
    A life changing moment: interviews from the Pride Audio Collective, March 2016.
    Features: Gareth Watkins, Pat McIntosh, Rowan Moulder, unidentified voice
  • Hands On for HLR30
    Massage and bodywork treatments will be offered free of charge to give thanks to veterans and survivors of the Homosexual Law Reform Campaign...

Fri 27 Mar 2015

  • Foodie Bites: Supreme Beans
    Links: Express
  • The Dangers of ‘Door Handles’
    Links: Express
  • The NSW Politicians Popping Up On Grindr
    Links: Express
  • Your Winter Holiday Guide
    Links: Express
  • Watch: LYC at Pasifika
    Love Your Condom hosted community stall to promote its safe sex message at the Pasifika festival...

Thu 27 Mar 2014

  • Mr Gay NZ 'host' ad a "misunderstanding"
    Troy Williams Lateshift's owner says an ad promoting an upcoming sex party as being ‘hosted’ by Mr Gay New Zealand Troy Williams came about due to a misunderstanding and has now been removed...

Wed 27 Mar 2013

  • Parliament: Committee of the whole House debate on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the Committee of the whole House debate on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
    Features: Brendan Horan, Chester Borrows, Chris Auchinvole, Colin King, David Bennett, Ian McKelvie, Jacinda Ardern, Jo Goodhew, Kevin Hague, Moana Mackey, Paul Goldsmith, Paul Hutchison, Rajen Prasad, Ruth Dyson, Su'a William Sio, Te Ururoa Flavell, Tim Macindoe, Winston Peters
  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) debates the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
    MP Jacinda Ardern notes that her great uncle was imprisoned in 1948 for three years as the result of his sexuality.
  • Peters continues crusade for referendum
    Winston Peters Three Supplementary Order Papers have been filed ahead of the Committee Stage of the marriage equality legislation, two pushing for a referendum and another on celebrants’ rights...

Tue 27 Mar 2012

  • Carmen Trust provenance questioned by old friend
    Jacqui Grant and Carmen at Rupe's 75th birthday celebration...

Sun 27 Mar 2011

  • Review: Ihimaera
    One of the nation's most celebrated gay authors has joined the hallowed names of two writing greats with collections of music inspired by their words...

Sat 27 Mar 2010

  • Gay Games and Outgames to combine
    The Gay Games and Outgames are to combine into just one event from 2018...

Fri 27 Mar 2009

  • US: Gay dating service for iPhone
    Apple's popular iPhone has been flooded with thousands of possible applications to its users to download - some of them useful, many of them not - and now a gay dating application has launched in America...

Thu 27 Mar 2008

  • Transgender man reveals he's pregnant
    Thomas Beatie from Portland, Oregon, identifies himself as a straight, married man - who tells US gay magazine The Advocate this month that he's carrying the couple's child...

Tue 27 Mar 2007

  • Widespread cannabis use by HIV+ NZ'ers
    New Zealand HIV-positive advocate group Body Positive has spoken out in favour of moves to legalise cannabis use for medicinal purposes...

Sun 27 Mar 2005

  • Television news report: a gel that may block the sexual spread of HIV (New Zealand)
    The gel was developed in part by a government owned research company. Interviewees include Richard Furneaux and Brian Ward.TV3 news ,ref F85360.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Christ-free Easter for Destiny
    Those looking to celebrate the life and ministry of Christianity's founding figure, Jesus Christ, may be rather surprised to find the Destiny Church silent this year on the most important event of the Christian calendar...

Sat 27 Mar 2004

  • Off the Raels: Should Mardi Gras have banned Raelians?
    For a new religious movement, Raelianism has some unorthodox and idiosyncratic beliefs...

Thu 27 Mar 1986

  • Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
    The age of consent is set at 16. Parliament also decides that homosexual acts will remain illegal in the armed services. 6.30 news, ref: F91572.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, LAGANZ

Wed 27 Mar 1985

  • Television news report: the petition against homosexual law reform is circulating in schools (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F62356.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Post Primary Teachers Association denounce the anti=homosexual petition which has been circulated around schools (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP17285.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand)
    Links: Nga Taonga

Thu 27 Mar 1980

  • Newspaper report: Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    The group is open to doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals. LAGANZ notes that this group started in 1979.
    Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ

Tue 27 Mar 1979

  • Television news report: Margaret Scott receives funding to continue editing the letters of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand)
    Focus, ref TZP27377.
    Links: TVNZ

Mon 27 Mar 1978

  • Television news report: the National Coalition for Gay Rights says that homosexuality will be an issue for the upcoming General Election (New Zealand)
    Ref TZP28828.
    Links: TVNZ

Sun 27 Mar 1910

  • Dancer Freda Stark is born (Northland region, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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