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Sun 5 Apr 2020

  • Hungary’s Government Aiming To Block Transgender Rights
    Links: Express
  • Queer Kiwis Surviving Self-Isolation: Zakk d’Larte
    Links: Express

Fri 5 Apr 2019

  • Brunei-owned Dorchester hotels shut down social media accounts in backlash
    Following public outcry in response to the implementation of new Islamic laws that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death, Brunei-owned hotels have been forced to hide their social media accounts...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Celine Dion: 'My so-called lover is gay'
    Singer laughs off suggestions she is romantically linked with dancer Pepe Munoz...
    Links: Stuff
  • Mormons to allow baptisms, blessings for children of LGBT parents, reversing 2015 policy
    Children of LGBT parents can now be blessed or baptised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, church officials declared in a new policy on Thursday, dramatically reversing a 2015 decision to exclude those children from...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Contemporary With A Diverse Twist
    Links: Express
  • Historic Court Ruling Results In Same-Sex Marriage Being legalised in The...
    Links: Express
  • Jacinda Ardern Condemns Brunei’s Anti Gay Laws
    Links: Express

Thu 5 Apr 2018

  • Israel Folau sparks controversy by saying God's plan for gay people is 'HELL'
    Australian rugby's highest profile player Israel Folau has again courted controversy with a social media comment condemning gay people to "hell"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby Australia to grill Israel Folau over his 'hell' comment about gay people
    Rugby Australia (RA) will grill Israel Folau over his use of social media after the Wallabies superstar's latest homophobic comment, which is in stark contrast to the position of its major sponsor...
    Links: Stuff
  • Transgender weightlifter Hubbard aims to silence critics
    When weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competes at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, she will do so knowing a lot of people want her to fail...
    Links: RNZ
  • A Hidden Getaway in Africa: Let’s Go Kayaking
    Links: Express
  • A Hidden Getaway in The Middle East: A Camel Called Vay
    Links: Express
  • Eating Out in Melbourne
    Links: Express
  • Gay and Bisexual Men Taken by Authorities in Chechnya Still Not...
    Links: Express
  • Grindr Slammed for Sharing HIV Status Data with Other Companies
    Links: Express
  • New York – The World’s Gay Capital
    Links: Express

Wed 5 Apr 2017

  • Cute Alert! Gay Couple’s Military Prom Photo Goes Viral
    Links: Express

Tue 5 Apr 2016

  • “Drag is More Than a Glitter Eyelid”: Declaring Drag Wars with...
    Links: Express
  • Mika Haka to Revivify Aroha Mardi Gras
    Links: Express
  • Miss Ribena does Buenos Aires
    Links: Express
  • The Undeclared Baggage of Homophobia 
    In Europe, cartoons have been produced and handed out to refugees, showing that battering women is bad and that it is OK to be gay...

Sun 5 Apr 2015

  • Kiwi’s Issac Luke Apologises For Homophobic Slur
    Links: Express
  • Youth leaders gather for training hui
    RainbowYOUTH’s peer-support group facilitators have taken part in a two day hui to develop and strengthen their skills and strategies...

Sat 5 Apr 2014

  • One to watch: Becky Crouch
    After killing it at the Raw Comedy Quest last year, Becky Crouch has a group show in the NZ International Comedy Festival...

Fri 5 Apr 2013

  • Wigarama returning for another hair-raiser
    Wigarama is back to raise money for the Cartier Trust with a night of flashy entertainment and wigs galore at Auckland’s Switch Bar...

Thu 5 Apr 2012

  • Charter schools: Not in our youth's interest?
    The Post-Primary Teachers Association and NZ Education Institute are strongly opposed to them and view them as a dangerous experiment which has failed overseas...

Tue 5 Apr 2011

  • Youth sound rally cry against bullying
    Olympian Blake Skjellerup is leading the charge...

Mon 5 Apr 2010

  • Senior UK Tory backs anti-gay discrimination
    Britain's Conservative party is facing a row after the shadow home secretary was secretly taped suggesting that people who ran bed and breakfasts in their homes should "have the right" to turn away homosexual couples...

Sun 5 Apr 2009

  • Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa, a teenager bullied for being "feminine", commmits suicide. (New Zealand)
    The coroner found Peihopa had experienced bullying at a number of schools in Northland before taking his own life.
    Links: Stuff
  • Body Positive gets big Dawsons cheque
    An oversized cheque for $3,000 was presented to New Zealand's HIV+ peer support group Body Positive on the manicured grand lawn of the Kelliher Estate yesterday...

Sat 5 Apr 2008

  • Canada:MP regrets "stupid, thoughtless" slur
    A Canadian MP says he could never apologize enough to make up for the "shameless" homophobic slurs he made on a 1991 videotape, and he struggles to understand why he ever made the comments in the first place...

Thu 5 Apr 2007

  • Peter Taylor – Ticking along nicely
    Peter Taylor (R) with Karen Ritchie Peter Taylor will need no introduction to many of our Auckland readers… this is the man who ran legendary gay Ponsonby Road watering hole Surrender Dorothy, now sadly closed...

Wed 5 Apr 2006

  • Auckland's Gay/Lesbian Welfare expands
    Auckland's Gay and Lesbian Welfare group has expanded its operation to take over the whole floor of their Anzac Ave premises...

Tue 5 Apr 2005

  • Tamihere: Queers, tossers and "violating" gay sex
    John Tamihere Labour MP John Tamihere has shocked colleagues with a scathing interview he gave to fundamentalist Christian journalist Ian Wishart, which is peppered with homophobic insults and rhetoric...

Mon 5 Apr 2004

  • No limp wrists in sign language
    The "limp wrist" is to be dropped as the official symbol of gayness within sign language for deaf people, being replaced with a more neutral tapping together of right thumb and forefinger...

Mon 5 Apr 1999

  • Speaking Out (Wellington)
    Two broadcasters talk about being gay in the media.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)

Sun 5 Apr 1981

  • The first broadcast of Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Wellington Access Radio was the first community access radio station to broadcast regularly in New Zealand. The first broadcast featured the feminist show Leave Your Dishes in the Sink which is lesbian run and lesbian-oriented (although it wasn't explicitly stated).

Sat 5 Apr 1980

  • The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Tue 5 Apr 1955

  • Politician Maryan Street is born (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
    Street became New Zealand's first openly out lesbian elected to Parliament in 2005.
    Links: Wikipedia

Fri 5 Apr 1912

  • The Northern Advocate reports on the "romance of two girls" (London, United Kingdom)
    The report headline reads "one poses as a man - the other as the wife". The couple come before the courts for disorderly conduct. "Why couldn't they have left us alone? We were so happy together weren't we, darling?" said Adelaide Dallamore, "Yes love, but they shall never, never part us!" replied her partner.
    Links: Papers Past

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