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Mon 28 Mar 2022

  • Episode 98 - The Trans Pregnancy Care Project
    In episode 98 of SpeakOUT, Neo and Ben have a discussion with Alex and George, two researchers for the Trans Pregnancy Care Project...
    Links: InsideOUT
  • Man pleads guilty after fatal crash near Hamilton
    Michael Barugh Way will be sentenced in May, in relation to a collision on the outskirts of Hamilton which killed local woman Gay Kettle...
    Links: Stuff
  • USA: Arizona Passes Bill Restricting Gender-Affirming Medical Care For Trans Youth
    Links: Express
  • What is the Goal of Activism?
    Links: Express

Sun 28 Mar 2021

  • Out and About: Out In The City 2021
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Ponsonby Rainbow Parade
    Links: Express

Thu 28 Mar 2019

  • Brunei set to introduce death by stoning for adultery and gay sex
    Adultery and gay sex will be punishable by stoning to death and the limbs of convicted thieves will be amputated under a new law set to come into effect from next week in the tiny southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Chinese viewers balk at Bohemian Rhapsody film censorship
    Moviegoers say the version of the Oscar-winning Queen biopic shown in Chinese theaters erases mentions of Freddie Mercury's sexuality...
    Links: Stuff
  • Grindr called a threat to US security, Chinese owner to sell gay dating app
    Grindr holds data on millions of users, including where they live and sexual partners, which criminals would love...
    Links: Stuff

Wed 28 Mar 2018

  • Parliament: committee stage of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the committee stage of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill
    Features: Adrian Rurawhe, Alfred Ngaro, Andrew Little, Barbara Kuriger, Clare Curran, Darroch Ball, Duncan Webb, Ginny Andersen, Greg O'Connor, Hamish Walker, Kiritapu Allan, Kris Faafoi, Matt King, Poto Williams, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Raymond Huo, Tāmati Coffey, Trevor Mallard
  • The Committee of the whole House (Parliament) considers the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (New Zealand)
    The Bill is reported back to the House without amendment. The report is then unanimously adopted.
  • Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban
    SEATTLE — President Donald Trump's move last week to tweak his ban on transgender people joining the military might not save it from being struck down, a federal judge in Seattle suggested Tuesday...
    Links: NZ Herald

Tue 28 Mar 2017

  • Pasifika community leader dies
    Pasifika community leader Memea Eleitino Ma'aelopa Siania, known affectionately by many as Bubsy, passed away in Christchurch on Friday, aged 70...
  • SlayTV promotes stories of queer and trans POC
    A new streaming service is attempting to increase the media presence of queer and gender diverse people of colour...
  • Transgender pioneer named as train collision victim
    Transgender writer and research scientist John Thorp has been named as the victim of a train accident near Morrinsville on 23 March...

Sat 28 Mar 2015

  • Don Quixote Thrills!
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: A Great Tasting Pecker
    Links: Express
  • Songs from the Inside
    Links: Express
  • Parliament to discuss trans/intersex health
    Green MP Jan Logie with the petition A petition calling for improved health services for trans and intersex people will be discussed in Parliament next week...

Fri 28 Mar 2014

  • "Not everything that looks great is good at all"
    Justin, 24, has a sobering message for young gay men, after going from being a porn actor, to lying in a hospital bed with full-blown AIDS...
  • Kenyan leader claims 600 gays rounded up
    Aden Duale A senior Kenyan politician claims nearly 600 “cases of homosexuality” have been rounded up since 2010...
  • Mother accused of fatally beating 'gay' child
    Jessica Dutro A US court has heard accusations an Oregon woman subjected her four-year-old son to beatings, which ultimately killed him, because she thought he was gay...
  • Paora Maxwell appointed Maori TV CEO
    Paora Maxwell Gay TV executive Paora Maxwell has been made the new CEO of Maori Television Service...
  • Uganda: The Context of the Anti-Homosexuality Act
    Uganda is becoming increasingly ostracised and reviled for its Anti-Homosexuality Act...

Thu 28 Mar 2013

  • "Now Ewing"
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  • Easter Weekend: What’s open and what’s on
    AUCKLAND Last Easter, when all the other bars were shut at midnight, Urge   ...
  • Jacinda Ardern's speech
    Labour MP Jacinda Ardern speaks in Parliament on the marriage equality Bill for the first time, and shares some personal reasons she feels strongly about equality...
  • Love an “inadequate basis” for marriage
    Love and marriage don't go together like a horse and carriage, according to Glyn Carpenter The head of a group which is upset about being labelled extremists and haters, believes “the popular conception of love is a completely inadequate basis for marriage”...
  • Moana Mackey's speech
    Labour MP Moana Mackey filled in for Louisa Wall at the latest debate in Parliament on marriage equality...
  • Rainbow Youth hires two new staff members
    Kestin Stewart Auckland-based GLBT youth support and education group Rainbow Youth has hired two staff members, including a brand new Education Coordinator...

Wed 28 Mar 2012

  • Anti-gay US group tried to use race politics
    Newly released documents show US anti-marriage equality campaigners plotted to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” in an attempt to split the Democratic Party base...
  • Carmen's family expresses confidence in Trust
    Carmen Rupe Carmen’s sister and niece have released a letter in which they express confidence in a Trust which has been set up in their late relation’s name, saying she stated in her will she wished for it to be created...
  • Cottrell murder-accused to stay behind bars
    Phil Cottrell A teenager charged with the murder of gay Wellington journalist Phil Cottrell will remain behind bars, after giving up on his application for electronic bail...
  • Dates announced for 2012 Out Takes festival
    The dates have been confirmed for the 2012 edition of Out Takes: A Reel Queer Film Festival...
  • Libra ad complaint "settled" Authority rules
    Australian drag queen Sandee Crack features in the ad The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled Libra did the right thing in pulling its “Libra gets girls” ad and has decided the complaint has therefore been settled, without ruling whether the ad actually breached advertising standards...
  • Manly Affections
    Picture by Robert Gant Small-town Wairarapa in the late 1800s might be the last place you’d expect to find a hotbed of manly affection, but through the lens of gay photographer Robert Gant, Mates he spent the later part of his life with a lover...
  • New NZAF manager has sexual health background
    Nick Laing The new General Manager of Operations at the NZ AIDS Foundation is an experienced manager with experience in sexual health, health promotion and social work...
  • Rainbow Wellington seeks new Board members
    Rainbow Wellington is seeking nominations for new Board members ahead of its Annual General Meeting on 4th April...

Mon 28 Mar 2011

  • Air NZ camps it up in new safety video
    After the furore over an All Black's gay kiss refusal, Air New Zealand's camp new in-flight safety video features a male-on-male peck on the cheek...
  • Kazam!
    Auckland is the place to be for queer youth on Queen's Birthday Weekend, as the city will host Kazam! The gay, lesbian, bi and trans youth hui has been set in stone for 3-6 June and online registrations open on 1 April...
  • Olympian to speak at Nelson gay film night
    Blake Skjellerup Number 8 Films is taking its monthly gay film night to Nelson to raise money for a drop-in centre for local glbt advocacy group Q-Youth, while an openly-gay Kiwi Olympian will do his bit to raise visibility...
  • Teen lesbian wins "world's biggest' X-Factor final
    A 15-year-old openly lesbian singer has stormed Denmark's X-Factor with her husky pop voice, covering the likes of Pink and Lady Gaga to win her nation over...

Sun 28 Mar 2010

  • Music review: Gabriella Cilmi's Ten
    It is no surprise or secret that pop music follows fairly distinct trends...

Sat 28 Mar 2009

  • Melbourne Catholics to test for gay Priests
    Melbourne's Catholic Church is planning to test potential priests for homosexuality, and turn away applicants who seem gay...
  • When sex drives don't match
    Sex can be an important part of any relationship...
  • Women's Bookshop celebrates 20 years
    Ponsonby's gay-friendly Women's Bookshop is celebrating its twentieth anniversary of business this week with a special concert event...

Fri 28 Mar 2008

  • Christchurch Pride Week returns this May
    The week of 10-18 May looks set to be another festival of celebration for Christchurch's LGBT communities, say event organisers at the NZ AIDS Foundation's South Island headquarters...
  • Legendary gay London DJ dies aged 59
    London's DJ Tallulah, a well-loved gay club and party DJ for forty years and a regular at Heaven nightclub has died aged 59...

Wed 28 Mar 2007

  • "There is no lack of vision here" - Maryan Street
    Maryan Street I enjoy these opportunities to put a Labour column in front of GayNZ...
  • Comment: Uncertain Destiny?
    Destiny Church has some unexpected problems...
  • Court date set for Waipouri murder hearing
    The two men accused of the Waipouri murder will appear in Palmerston North District Court for a depositions hearing on the 15th of June...
  • Lindah E
    Fa'afafine performer Lindah LePou (AKA 'Lindah E') says she had a “wonderful time” singing on stage at this year's Pasifika Festival earlier this month, but her troubles from the 2005 Festival fracas aren't quite over yet...
  • Live gay music TV to
    Alternative music channel ‘Alt TV' say they're boldly taking music television to a new level with the launch of New Zealand's first live gay music show on the 1st of April...
  • Tobago: Church leaders warn against Elton
    Church leaders in the small Caribbean Island of Tobago have called for a boycott on an Elton John performance because of the singer's sexuality...
  • USA: Gay media awards for role models
    Designer Tom Ford and comic Kate Clinton were honoured for their achievement as role models at the gay media watchdog GLAAD's annual awards – but it was singer Patti LaBelle and Oscar-winning Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson who stole the show...
  • USA: Over 1 in 3 lesbians have kids
    A new American study on gay parenting shows that more than one in three lesbians have given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child...

Tue 28 Mar 2006

  • 'Wigs' postponed, volunteers needed
    This year's Wigs on the Waterfront drag spectacular in Auckland's Viaduct has had its date shifted to this Sunday 2 April 2 Rain stopped play at last Sunday's charity event for the Cartier Bereavement Trust, leaving twelve to fifteen out-of-town drag queens stranded in Auckland, all made up with nowhere to lip-sync...
  • Record response to NZ gay survey
    Response to an AIDS Foundation online sex survey has set a new record for the largest ever survey in New Zealand of the sexual behaviour of men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) – with nearly 2,200 responses being received...

Mon 28 Mar 2005

  • No hate speech provision in new law
    Recent changes to censorship laws in New Zealand do not put any restrictions on a church's ability to release material claiming homosexuality is abnormal, says Justice Minister Phil Goff...
  • On politically flaccid gay men
    I thought in NZ we tended to call a spade a spade...

Sun 28 Mar 2004

  • Civil Unions: Keep it logical and simple!
    Mike Binis There is no solution that seems likely to satisfy all sides concerned, but the most logical answer satisfies even the most outspoken opponents of each side: radical gays and fanatical straights...

Thu 28 Mar 2002

Tue 28 Mar 2000

Fri 28 Mar 1997

Sun 28 Mar 1993

Thu 28 Mar 1985

  • Television current affairs: the age of consent debate (New Zealand)
    Explores the age of consent and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Features Jon Lusk, Sebastian Pope, Prof. Jim Robb, Keith Hay, MP Denis Marshall and MP Geoff Braybrooke. Close Up, ref F57580.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Close Up on the opposing views behind the age of consent and Homosexual Law Reform (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP7721.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sat 28 Mar 1925

  • NZ Truth reports on homosexualists in high society and in the arts (New Zealand)
    Links: NZ Truth

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