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Mon 5 Apr 2021

  • 2 x Tickets to APO’s Beethoven Series
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to ATC’s Single Asian Female
    Links: Express
  • 5 x Hand-Poured Kiwi-Made Candle Crush Candles
    Links: Express

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
  • AKL Barber shop refuses to serve trans person
    An Auckland barber shop has refused to serve a trans person based on their gender identity, humiliating them and saying that they could not have their hair cut as they are “not actually a man”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Attack victim was "kind, gentle, mild-mannered"
    Ihaia Gillman-Harris The gay man who died after being attacked in an Auckland motel in December 2014 has been described today as kind, loving, gentle, and mild-mannered during the trial of the two teenagers charged with his murder...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gillman-Harris bruised, bloodied, motel 'trashed'
    Ihaia Gillman-Harris The gay man who died hours after being attacked in an Epsom, Auckland, motel in December 2014, was bruised, bloodied and in an agitated and incoherent state when motel staff noticed him trying to open doors of cars parked near his motel unit, a high court jury has heard...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Russia unhappy diplomats attend LGBTI film fest
    An LGBTI film festival in St Petersburg was attended by foreign diplomats, much to the disapproval of the Russian Foreign Ministry...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 5 Apr 2015

  • Kiwi’s Issac Luke Apologises For Homophobic Slur
    Links: Express
  • Potter star embraces fans' fantasy
    Harry Potter actor Tom Felton has jokingly put up a picture of himself and Daniel Radcliffe together as a couple “Drarry” as an April Fools’ nod to the common fan fiction fantasy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Short Film: Quiet
    Inspired by a true story, Quiet is the story of a woman named Ali who is denied the right to make medical decisions for her partner, Sam, after a car accident renders Sam unconscious...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 5 Apr 2014

  • Homosexual Law Reform papers lost in fire
    Pic: Twitter Documents from the Homosexual Law Reform fight in the 1980s are among the items lost in a Wellington storage shed fire...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 5 Apr 2013

  • "We will not allow gays here," - Gambia
    Yahya Jammeh The leader of the small African nation of Gambia has warned that any gay men or lesbians found in his country will "regret" being born...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • France: protests as marriage debated in Senate
    France’s Senate is debating President Francois Hollande's marriage equality bill, amidst protests are its opponents demand a referendum...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marriage Equality: Referendum Blues?
    With the Marriage Equality Bill now headed for its third reading and almost certain victory, what can its opponents do next? And will their referendum ploy succeed? It isn't just optimism that leads me to suggest not, but certain inferences that can be made from the tactics of the opposition to marriage equality to date, and their outcomes...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Showing gay men in ad ruled “not offensive”
    Multiple complaints about a Get It On! safe sex ad have been dismissed by the Advertising Standards Authority, which points out that simply showing two gay men in an ad is not offensive...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Theatre spotlight: Queen
    Sick of being asked those some stupid questions about being gay over and over and over? Then you're bound to relate to a play about being young and gay, soon hitting the stage in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 5 Apr 2012

  • A big man with a big heart
    Aaron Comis won Mr Gay NZ in 2011 and is now producing the event With Andreas Derleth (Andy) in South Africa for the Mr Gay World Competition it's an important time to reflect on the reasons why we have these competitions, what we are trying to achieve and also why Andy would make a great Mr Gay World...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Auckland writer goes digital with gay rugby saga
    A first-time Auckland writer has tackled the 'taboo' subject of gay rugby players in his self-published debut...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 5 Apr 2011

  • Blake's Pink Shirt Day message
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    Links: GayNZ.com
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    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Louisa Wall in as Hughes' replacement
    Louisa Wall (right) and Labour MP Maryan Street at the February Big Gay Out Louisa Wall will make an early return to Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Shanghai gay bar raided, dozens detained
    More than 60 people were taken into custody for several hours following a weekend raid on a popular gay bar on Shanghai's Bund riverfront...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Youth sound rally cry against bullying
    Olympian Blake Skjellerup is leading the charge...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 5 Apr 2010

  • Family, sexuality, cancer and risk
    There seems to be little collective New Zealand lesbian or gay activity around breast or prostate cancer risk...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay professional wrestler found dead
    Openly gay former USA professional wrestler Chris Kanyon has died, believed to be a result of suicide...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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
  • "We need to talk..."
    Could one unacknowledged problem related to the current resurgence of HIV exposure within the gay male community be attributable to the absence of skills related to intimacy and interpersonal communication in bed? Australia's DNA considered this in a recent issue...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 5 Apr 2007

  • AUS:
    Health authorities bungled the case of a Melbourne man accused of deliberately spreading the deadly AIDS virus, Victoria State's Health Minister Bronwyn Pike has conceded...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • ChCh: 'Sexual sadist' in prison indefinitely
    Johnathan Andrew Smallbon, a ‘sexual sadist' who lured a 25-year-old man into his Christchurch bedsit and attacked, gagged and sexually abused him, has been sentenced to an indefinite prison term...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Easter plans at NZ
    Some of New Zealand's LGBT nightclubs are closing through the Easter period, but others are only shut on Good Friday and Easter Sunday – with big plans for the rest of the Easter break...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • First North America OutGames open
    Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard – the young gay man whose brutal murder in Wyoming in 1998 made international headlines – helped open the inaugural North America OutGames on Tuesday with a plea for respect and understanding...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hollywood stars
    An American gay magazine has taken the controversial step of naming a series of Hollywood stars it claims are gay, and urging them to come out of the closet...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • More
    Additional cast members are required for this year's ‘Queen of the Whole Universe' fundraising pageant, says creator/director Jonathan Smith...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 5 Apr 2005

  • Government to fund sex-change ops
    A new Government policy to fund about $170,000 worth of sex-change operations, has slammed by the Destiny Church political wing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Peter Ellis suffers heart attack
    Peter Ellis, the convicted child molester at the centre of the controversial Christchurch Civic Creche case, has suffered a heart attack...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamihere's anti-gay rant to Xian journalist
    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...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 5 Apr 2004

  • Conviction in lesbian rape case
    A Waikato woman charged with molesting her female flatmate has been found guilty of sexual violation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 5 Apr 1999

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

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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