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Thu 8 Apr 2021

  • Transgender athletes likely banned from girls' and women's sport in Kansas, West Virginia
    As New Zealand continues to address the 'complex issue' of transgender inclusion in sport, Kansas and West Virginia lawmakers move to ban transgender athletes in girls' and women's sport...
    Links: Stuff
  • Body Positive call for HIV Positive People to be Bumped Up...
    Links: Express
  • Competing For New Zealand On Drag Race Down Under
    Links: Express
  • Transitioning: An Unexpected Journey Into Male Privilege
    Links: Express

Wed 8 Apr 2020

  • Gaga To Curate Global COVID-19 Response Fund Streaming Event
    Links: Express
  • Kiwis Surviving Self-Isolation: Colin Mathura-Jeffree
    Links: Express
  • Lockdown Live | Supporting Kiwi Artists In Lockdown
    Links: Express
  • Queer Kiwis Surviving Self-Isolation: Liam Reid
    Links: Express

Mon 8 Apr 2019

  • Judy OBrien - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand (Rainbow Room)
    Interview with Judy OBrien, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Judy O'Brien
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • As a homeless transgender woman, she had turned to sex work to survive. Then she was killed
    Ashanti Carmon was about 16 years old when she first stood out on K Street in the nation's capital to look for sex work...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Protesters target Sultan of Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel in London over anti-gay laws
    Dozens of people took protest action against a prestigious London hotel on Saturday following new Islamic laws in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Beyoncé Calls for Greater Acceptance of Queer Men and Women of...
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Pride Auckland Unveil Full Board
    Links: Express

Sun 8 Apr 2018

  • The Dunedin Pride 2018 Hui Taurima Kahukura, Otepoti takes place (Dunedin, New Zealand)
    The festival is organised by *Q-Squared Trust, a new charitable organisation with a vision to "create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA communities in Dunedin and surrounding areas."
  • The Adam New Zealand Play Award winner Shane Bosher
    Playmarket presents this award annually for the best new New Zealand play...
    Links: RNZ

Fri 8 Apr 2016

  • Ellen Slams Religious Freedom Bill in Powerful Monologue
    Links: Express
  • Empty Nest Might Be Best!
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites for April Fare
    Links: Express
  • How to L.O.V.E Those Who Think Differently to us
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Binder Exchange to Support Transgender Youth
    Links: Express
  • France abandons plans of gay amassador to Vatican
    France has abandoned its plan to have a diplomat in the Vatican City after a delay in confirmation was attributed to the proposed ambassador’s sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gillman-Harris co-accused placed in 'suicide suit'
    Ihaia Gillman-Harris Leonard Nattrass-Bergquist, one of the two youths charged with murdering a gay man in an Auckland motel, was placed in a 'suicide suit' and detained in a police 'suicide cell' after being arrested following the attack which the crown alleged led to the man's death...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jetstar apologises to trans woman for distress
    Jetstar has apologised to a Christchurch transgender woman who says check-in staff refused to let her board a plane yesterday because she didn’t have ID...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF says Tinder campaign "got it totally wrong"
    The NZAF say a safe-sex Tinder campaign launched by a condom company has “got it totally wrong” in using AIDS as a punchline...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • WLG binder exchange aims to help youth in need
    A new Wellington-based project aims to provide free chest binders for young people in need...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Apr 2015

  • Anti Gay Rights Senator Announces Presidential Campaign
    Links: Express
  • Meet Our Community: Jesse Peach
    Links: Express
  • Mr Gay Wellington 2015
    Links: Express
  • Petition to Reinstate Looking Reaches 60,000
    Links: Express
  • American trans woman killed in London
    Vanessa Santillan died from head and neck injuries, a post mortem has found...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ballot Boxing
    Nigeria, Northland and New South Wales went to the polls recently...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Help needed for gay man's funeral costs
    A fundraising page has been set up to cover the funeral costs of a single gay man who is losing his battle with cancer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hilarious gay Irishman calls Westboro
    Riyadh, the Irishman who let his mum read his Grindr messages and made a video about it, received nasty comments from a Westboro Baptist Church member...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Meet: Mr Gay Wellington 2015 Bernard Lee
    New Mr Gay Wellington Bernard Lee is a 28-year-old who grew up in Borneo...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The FAFSWAG Pre-ball is coming!
    The awesome FAFSWAG team have announced a vogue battle will be held this Saturday night...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch: George Takei’s new reality series
    The gay king of social media George Takei has launched a new YouTube reality series with his husband Brad Takei, “It Takeis Two”...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Apr 2014

  • "Don't say 'homo'" - BSA backs Corkery
    Pam Corkery...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • A few questions with Kelly Ellis
    Politics and religion writer Craig Young throws a few questions to Labour's Whangarei candidate Kelly Ellis, a transgender rights campaigner and lawyer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Bars' fundraising effort heartens NZAF
    The Big Gay Out dance tent The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is expressing deep gratitude for the support it receives from the community, as it prepares to accept a cheque for more than $13,000 from two Auckland bars...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Exhibition to look at 30 years of HIV in NZ
    Gareth Watkins' upcoming exhibition 30 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Ugandan teen takes own life - report
    A Ugandan teenager has reportedly taken his own life, and it’s being attributed to the nation’s anti-gay law...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ 10th-most "tolerant to homosexuals"
    File Photo New Zealand has ranked tenth in the world for “tolerance to homosexuals” in a global Social Progress Index...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF mourns Kiwi HIV/AIDS pioneer
    Charles Farthing The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is in shock at the death of Kiwi HIV/AIDS pioneer Dr Charles Farthing, saying it's “an irreplaceable loss of a friend”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Otago Uni runs safety and inclusion study
    Neill Ballantyne...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Singer Jessie J says she's into "only men"
    “I only fancy/date/love men and only men," Jessie J now says...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tau Henare stepping down at the election
    Henare with Louisa Wall after the marriage equality legislation passed An MP who went from taking the mickey out of gay issues, to emerge as a staunch supporter of the initiatives of glbti MPs, has announced his retirement...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Apr 2013

  • Accused killer of teen reacts to grisly evidence
    [Content warning] Hayden Miles Gruesome evidence has been presented at the High Court in Christchurch this afternoon, recounting the last hours of gay youth Hayden Miles' life and sparking an outburst from the accused...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Behind the Candelabra trailer
    Michael Douglas stars as Liberace and Matt Damon plays his younger lover in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed flick Behind The Candelabra: The Secret Life Of Liberace...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay teen's body dismembered after killing
    [CONTENT WARNING] Hayden Miles As the family of missing Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles desperately turned to the gay community for help finding him, he was already dead as the result of a “prolonged” assault and his body had been dismembered...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gruesome testimony: Hayden Miles' last hours
    Hayden Miles Troubled gay teen Hayden Miles' last conscious minutes were spent under a hail of punches and kicks from an out of control and laughing attacker, the High Court in Christchurch was told today...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gruesome testimony: Hayden Miles' last hours
    Hayden Miles Troubled gay teen Hayden Miles' last conscious minutes were spent under a hail of punches and kicks from an out of control and laughing attacker, the High Court in Christchurch was told today...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jury selected in Hayden Miles murder trial
    Hayden Miles The man accused of murdering gay Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles has sat with his eyes downcast at the start of his trial at the High Court in Christchurch...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Straight sportsmen we love
    With the news four NFL players could, maybe, be about to make history by all coming out on the same day, we honour some of the straight sportsmen who are standing up for their gay brothers, and making their paths easier...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Apr 2012

  • Trevor Hynes - Queen of the Whole Universe (Auckland)
    Trevor Hynes talks about being part of the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Trevor Hynes
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Andreas takes out Mr Gay World sports challenge
    Mr Gay NZ Andreas Derleth has won the Mr Gay World Sports Challenge at the competition in South Africa...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mr Gay World 2013 to be held in Antwerp
    Mr Gay World 2011, South Africa's Francois Nel Mr Gay World 2013 will be held in Belgium, as part of WorldOutgames Antwerp in August next year...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Taranaki to get a dose of Buffy and Bimbo
    Buffy   ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wedding Belles: Who, what, where, when and why?
    GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Apr 2011

  • "Gay caveman" more likely to be trans farmer
    A discovery touted as a "gay caveman" has unearthed some apparently archaic views of sexuality and gender identity in the world media...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Beautiful voted most empowering song
    Christina Aguilera's Beautiful has topped a poll of the most empowering song of the last ten years, in a poll by equality group Stonewall...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Christchurch Pride plans scaled down
    The devastating quake has taken its toll on Christchurch Pride, which will not go ahead as planned in May...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mucking In, Mangawhai style
    Juliet and Lindsay at the Big Gay Out this year A crew of bank staff and various volunteers are packing up their cars and heading north from Auckland this weekend for a queer-ish version of Mucking In...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington choir gets louder and prouder
    Members of The Homophones, which is rebranding and opening its arms to women Wellington's queer choir is changing tempo, ditching its former 'gay men's chorus' tag and inviting women to add their voices to the throng...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Apr 2010

  • Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer
    Lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with breast cancer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Grand, exceptional, heavenly choirs
    Out One Voice by Luis Spedaliere borne out of the opposition to the Pauline Hansen right-wing phenomena; we got our first taste of the nine choirs on mass...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Showtune night extends run at Dot's Bar
    An evening of show-stopping showtunes looks set to become a regular part of the Auckland glbt entertainment with the announcement that an Open Mic Nite trialled at Dots Bar is to continue on a monthly basis...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Treachery and despair?
    Extraordinarily, the Canadian Christian Right Lifesite has published a stinging diatribe against Conservative leader David Cameron from within his own Conservative Party, from an angry social conservative...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Apr 2009

  • Matthew Mitcham
    Matthew Mitcham How's Australia's gay Olympic gold-winning diver Matthew Mitcham doing since has Beijing win, and since leading Sydney's Mardi Gras Parade? The Morning Show caught up with him to check how he's coping with his new-found fame - and they were keen to find out whether he'd finally picked up a sponsor...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Gay marriage bill passes in Vermont
    Vermont has become the fourth American state to make same-sex marriage legal, after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch NZ's gay history in online TV archive
    Cooking capers: Hudson excerpt here...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington divas plan Playboy bunny Easter
    Wellington's most popular drag entertainers will turn Dixon Street's Garden Bar into their Playboy Mansion in the early hours of Easter Saturday...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Apr 2008

  • "With 63 performers, Wigarama will be epic"
    At last count, 63 glittering entertainers are ready to shine in the spotlight at the third annual Wigarama charity night of drag shows in Auckland's Family bar...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sapphic poetry at new lesbian museum
    A poetry reading event called In the Sapphic Tradition will be held this Saturday at Auckland's new lesbian 'herstory' museum - thought to be the world's first museum solely devoted to lesbian artifacts...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK: Prisoner suicide after trans bullying
    A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell with shoelaces had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Apr 2007

  • New network for lesbian and gay carers
    A new network will support lesbian and gay carers, as part of the work the organisation Carers NZ do to support New Zealanders caring for people affected by illness and disability...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Apr 2006

  • Kiwifruit's Kevin Alexander
    Kevin Alexander When he's not co-fronting the new season of Kiwifruit (TV2) Kevin's meditating, tucking into Mars bars and dreaming of Nepal...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Apr 2005

  • Graham Capill: A Hypocrite's History I: The Hate Manifesto
    In 1991, now-convicted child molester, child rapist and anti-gay moralist Graham Capill became the first leader of the Christian Heritage Party...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Two years prison for gay sex in Fiji
    A retired Australian and a 23 year old Fijian have been sentenced to two years in prison for having gay sex in Fiji where such acts are outlawed...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Apr 2004

  • Gay Games or OutGames?
    Trouble has been brewing in the Federation of Gay Games for some time now...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Live with your choices say NZ bishops
    Gays and lesbians do not deserve legal recognition of their relationships, says the Catholic Church, because gays and lesbians must live with the consequences of their "choices"...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Apr 1986

  • Television news report: Eve Van Grafhorst is to get another test for AIDS (New Zealand)
    Features Gloria Van Grafhorst and Dr Kitty Croxson. Eyewitness news, ref F91601.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Sat 8 Apr 1972

  • First Gay Liberation manifesto written (New Zealand)

Sat 8 Apr 1911

  • The Fielding Star reports a theatre audience laughs the trouser-skirt off the stage (Paris, France)
    The report notes that it is illegal in France for women to dress in men's attire and vice versa, except at Carnival time.
    Links: Papers Past

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