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Mon 27 Mar 2023

  • Davidson comments on violence 'not helpful' - Hipkins
    "Not helpful"...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Panel with Cas Carter and Martin Bosley (Part 1)
    Today on The Panel Wallace and panellists Cas Carter and Martin Bosley discuss exactly what the issues are for those in the transgender community around the country in the wake of the weekend protests against anti-trans activist Posie Parker...
    Links: RNZ
  • Fans Speculate About Shawn Mendes’ Sexuality Following Candid Letter
    Links: Express
  • USA: Idaho Governor Signs Bill Restricting Transgender Students’ Access to Bathrooms
    Links: Express

Sun 27 Mar 2022

  • Topp Twins Shock Cancer Diagnosis
    Links: Express

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, Tīwhanawhana, 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
  • 'Pope Francis is still the biggest ally of the gay people'
    In his new documentary, Francesco, openly-gay, non-Catholic filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky had unprecedented access to Pope Francis and was allowed to tackle many pressing issues...
    Links: RNZ
  • Ellen Loses 1 Million Viewers Following Toxic Workplace Claims
    Links: Express
  • Thousands Flock To Ponsonby As Auckland’s Rainbow Pride Parade Returns
    Links: Express
  • Transgender Christchurch Pride Board Member “Saddened” by Court Theatre Recasting
    Links: Express

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(s)
  • Gay couple plea to bring worlds first 'triplings' home
    An Auckland gay couple have welcomed the first ever ‘triplings’ into the world, but are desperately trying to find a way to bring them back to New Zealand as the babies - who were born to two different women in Mexico - are unable to leave the country...
  • 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
  • Auckland hui aims to connect minorities
    A three-day hui for sexuality and gender minority people of colour is being held at an Auckland marae this weekend...
  • Mr Gay World moved from Cape Town
    Cape Town appears to have pulled the rug out from under this year’s Mr Gay World competition, refusing to help facilitate the event in the city...
  • Silent Gays group gathering in Auckland
    Group founder Jim Marjoram A group for people struggling to reconcile their sexual orientation or gender identity with their faith is holding its first meeting of the year in Auckland this Sunday...
  • Watch: LYC at Pasifika
    Love Your Condom hosted community stall to promote its safe sex message at the Pasifika festival...

Thu 27 Mar 2014

  • Check-up: Dr Charles Farthing
    Dr Charles Farthing New Zealander Dr Charles Farthing is the Asia Pacific Director of Medical Affairs for HIV and anti-infectives at Merck Sharp Jacqui Stanford - 27th March 2014    ...
  • Drayton and Olwage raise cash for charity
    A date with Chris Olwage (left) was auctioned off Writer Joanne Drayton and Mr Gay World Chris Olwage have helped raise cash for specialist sexual abuse survivor support service HELP...
  • Mozilla says it's committed to diversity
    Brendan Eich Open source company Mozilla has released a statement saying it’s pro-diversity following the appointment of a CEO who made a donation to California’s anti marriage equality campaign...
  • 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
  • Television item (New Zealand)
    One News, ref: TZP429393.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television item (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Tonight, ref: TZP429378.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • 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.
  • Delight at dismissal of changes to marriage Bill
    Conrad Reyners There’s delight numerous amendments to the marriage equality Bill have been dismissed by Parliament...
  • Gerry Brownlee explains marriage u-turn
    Cabinet Minister Gerry Brownlee has explained why he reversed his vote on the marriage equality Bill...
  • Global support as debate hits Supreme Court
    True Blood's take on the logo People all over the globe have changed their Facebook and Twitter profile picture to a pink and red version of the Human Rights Campaign logo, as the US Supreme Court takes on two marriage equality cases...
  • Live updates: Committee Stage debate
    (The Green Party's "word cloud" from a selection of the emails on marriage equality Kevin Hague has been sent) GayNZ...
  • Louisa Wall hoping reason will prevail
    Louisa Wall is in Ecuador representing New Zealand at the IPU Louisa Wall is expressing hope from Ecuador that “all goes well” for the committee stages of her marriage equality Bill tonight...
  • Marriage equality Bill hurtling to final vote
    A bid to allow blatant discrimination against GLBTI couples has been voted down by Parliament tonight, as the marriage equality Bill has been sent to its third reading with no amendments...
  • MP pushes bid for right to discriminate
    Tim Macindoe A conservative National MP will attempt to push through a change to the marriage equality Bill that would allow anyone who provides “goods, facilities or services,” to discriminate against gay couples...
  • Opponents upset about being called "haters"
    Glyn Carpenter is upset...
  • 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

  • Complaint against The Edge radio not upheld (New Zealand)
    One of the hosts read out a listener's text message: "Dom, your song was so gay I’m pretty sure I just got AIDS from listening to it." The complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority was not upheld.
    Links: BSA
  • Carmen Trust provenance questioned by old friend
    Jacqui Grant and Carmen at Rupe's 75th birthday celebration...

Sun 27 Mar 2011

  • Fifteen percent of NZers "not completely straight"
    Fifteen percent of New Zealanders are "not completely straight", according to a wide-ranging sex survey which will be revealed the in April issue of Metro which comes out tomorrow...
  • 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

  • Drop in new HIV diagnoses in 2009
    While there was a drop in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2009, it is too soon to say if there is a downward trend according to the data compilers...
  • Drop in new HIV diagnoses in 2009
    While there was a drop in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2009, it is too soon to say if there is a downward trend according to the data compilers...
  • Gay Games and Outgames to combine
    The Gay Games and Outgames are to combine into just one event from 2018...

Fri 27 Mar 2009

  • Art show turns heads at Dot's Sister
    Dot's Sister bargals Vera them there to become an 'Ambassador of Fabulousity' on the link below...
  • LGBT Human Rights Blackspots
    Helen Clark looks set to become a key player on the world stage for the UN, and now it's time NZ's LGBT organisations think globally too, writes Craig Young...
  • Marking 40 Years of Pride
    June 2009 will mark 40 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York, which sparked the beginning of the LGBT Pride movement...
  • Pollyfilla's back for busy K' Road weekend
    A packed weekend of events on New Zealand's gayest street will see a new top bear crowned at Urge, a variety of queer bands perform at Galatos, amateur dramatics at Naval monthly Lesbians In Charge party for women at Kamo bar from 9:30pm, and That's Kamp shows with drag divas Tess Tickle, Mimi Boiz and Dallas Vixon at the Naval photographers will be on K' Road over the weekend so we'll feature photos from these events in our Scene Pics section...
  • 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

  • Bears come out of woods for Urge pageant
    It's that time of the year again when the bears come out of the woods in a bid to be crowned Mr Urge New Zealand Bear 2008...
  • Gay guinea pigs wed in new kids' book
    A new children's picture book which shows the marriage of two anthropomorphic male guinea pigs is likely to garner critical praise as well as ultra-right censorship, reports AfterElton...
  • Taranaki: Trans women sent to male prison
    A transgendered woman in New Plymouth who admitted to the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver has been charged and sentenced to three years and three months inside a male prison...
  • Tess Tickle to host AKL's new gay night
    Auckland drag hostess Tess Tickle says her new twice-monthly gay night Pushup will be held in a sophisticated cocktail bar with a variety of entertainment provided for a mature crowd...
  • 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

  • Aussie Idol Anthony Callea:
    Australian Idol star singer Anthony Callea has ended years of speculation by confirming he is gay...
  • ChCh man wins drink with Pet Shop Boys
    9:30PM: ‘g8krasher1', A...
  • Sir Elton John
    Sir Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday at Madison Square Garden on Sunday by recalling late Beatle John Lennon and raising his own record for most appearances at the legendary New York venue...
  • USA: Bigoted emails from army recruiter
  • 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

  • Civil Unions Bill delayed six weeks
    New Zealand's Civil Union Bill has been delayed and will not come before Parliament until mid-May...
  • Facing up to the second wave of HIV
    New HIV infection rates amongst gay men have surged to the highest level for a decade and the graph is pointing upwards...
  • Off the Raels: Should Mardi Gras have banned Raelians?
    For a new religious movement, Raelianism has some unorthodox and idiosyncratic beliefs...

Thu 27 Mar 2003

Tue 27 Mar 2001

Wed 27 Mar 1996

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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