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Thu 9 Apr 2020

  • Former Vice Squad Detective Trevor Morley dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Kiwis In Self-Isolation: Patric Seng
    Links: Express

Tue 9 Apr 2019

  • Elizabeth Kerekere - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand (Rainbow Room, Parliament)
    Interview with Elizabeth Kerekere, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Elizabeth Kerekere
  • TVNZ 'stuck with' Wife Swap title, leading to awkward questions from gay couples
    The show's maker says the name of TVNZ's new reality show is a bit of "a joke"...
    Links: Stuff
  • US war hero General Casimir Pulaski may have been intersex
    Two decades of research reveals US general who rode alongside George Washington might've been intersex...
    Links: Stuff
  • Mormon Church Makes Small Progress Towards LGBTI Inclusion
    Links: Express
    Links: Express
  • Shaving to Show Support
    Links: Express

Mon 9 Apr 2018

  • Award-winning hairdresser Derek Elvy dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Stuff
  • Hubbard has no regrets, stays 'true to sport'
    Despite having to withdraw from her Commonwealth Games event, transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard says she has no regrets about attempting the ambitious lift that undid her...
    Links: RNZ
  • Kiwi transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard injured, out of Commonwealth Games
    Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard doesn't regret a tactical decision that may have contributed to the injury that forced her shock withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby referee Nigel Owens declares Israel Folau offside for comments on gay people
    Openly gay international rugby referee Nigel Owens has chastised Waratahs and Wallabies star Israel Folau for airing insensitive views that could have potential life-threatening consequences...
    Links: Stuff
  • Samoan weightlifting coach hits out at transgender Kiwi Laurel Hubbard at Commonwealth Games
    New Zealand's transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has drawn strong criticism from Samoa ahead of her Commonwealth Games competition...
    Links: Stuff
  • Transgender weightlifter Hubbard injured in competition
    GOLD COAST, Australia — They said she was unbeatable...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Our Humble Heroine: Melissa Etheridge
    Links: Express

Sat 9 Apr 2016

  • Remembering Neil Costelloe (Wellington)
    Jayne Costelloe remembers her brother Neil Costelloe who was very active in the fight for homosexual law reform in the 1980s.
    Features: Jayne Costelloe
  • The birth of the Wellington Binder Exchange
    The Wellington Binder exchange is launching this week and we chat to Coordinator of the exchange, Charles Prout about transitioning and the importance of community exchange...

Thu 9 Apr 2015

  • Barry Manilow Weds Longtime Manager Garry Kief
    Links: Express
  • NZAF’s Vern Keller Dies
    Links: Express
  • Obama Administration Calls For End to ‘Conversion’ Therapy
    Links: Express
  • Reports: Barry Manilow marries manager
    There are reports veteran musician Barry Manilow has married his manager Garry Kief...

Wed 9 Apr 2014

  • Parliament: third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from the third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill.
  • The third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
    The Bill passed its third reading unanimously.
  • Woman's body found in crashed car
    Kelly Sinclair UPDATE: Police have confirmed the car found crashed down a bank off State Highway 2 is that of missing woman Kelly Sinclair...

Tue 9 Apr 2013

  • Zambian gay rights activist arrested
    A Zambian activist has been arrested after arguing for gay rights to be respected as human rights, in a live TV appearance...

Mon 9 Apr 2012

  • What's behind the newly invigorated NZAF?
    NZAF Executive Director Shaun Robinson At the start of last year Shaun Robinson stepped in to run an organisation which was becoming increasingly dysfunctional...

Sat 9 Apr 2011

  • The night we met Greek Pete
    Chris Banks (left) and Greek Pete It was a cold March night at the London Lesbian   ...

Fri 9 Apr 2010

  • Abuse allegations "orchestrated by Pope's enemies"
    Vatican cardinals are claiming sex abuse allegations have been orchestrated by the Pope's enemies, who resent his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion...

Thu 9 Apr 2009

  • Tony Blair blasts Pope's homophobia
    In a new interview, Britain's former Prime Minister has publically questioned the Pope's attitude to homosexuality...

Wed 9 Apr 2008

  • Wellington's Wakefield sauna will close
    After over twenty years' business, Wellington's Club Wakefield Sauna and Out! Bookshop will close their doors this month...

Mon 9 Apr 2007

  • Parade 2009: Community input needed
    2pm: LGBT community leaders have begun speaking out today in support of plans for the return of the Hero Parade to Auckland in 2009, adding calls for broad community input and debate about the event...

Sun 9 Apr 2006

  • Obituary: Bad Girls' James Fenner (1960 - 2005)
    James Fenner On TVNZ's dykonic hit Bad Girls, evil Chief Prison Officer Jim Fenner was deaded after everyone at Her Majestys Prison Larkhill finally got sick of the corrupt, machiavellean, homophobic and misogynist old git...

Sat 9 Apr 2005

  • Xian activist runs to police over gay email
    A Wellington-based Christian fundamentalist has run off to the police after receiving a private email from gay gender consultant Eugene Moore, which questioned the wisdom of publishing moral statements from convicted child molester and former Christian Heritage Party leader Graham Capill on his website...

Wed 9 Apr 2003

  • Police brutality in Whangarei?
    Allegations of police brutality and sexual assault against a Whangarei transgender teenager will be screened tonight on TV2's Queer Nation...

Thu 9 Apr 1998

  • Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock wins the NZ Post Children's Book Award (New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia

Wed 9 Apr 1986

  • Parliament: Committee of the Whole House - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (9 April 1986) - part 1 (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from parts of the Committee of the Whole House during the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 9 April 1986 (part 1 of 2). This recording contains debate on Part 2 of the Bill which provides anti-discrimination provisions.
    Features: Bill Sutton, Fran Wilde, Geoff Braybrooke, John Banks, Merv Wellington, Norman Jones, Richard Northey, Robert Muldoon, Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan
  • Parliament: Committee of the Whole House - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (9 April 1986) - part 2 (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from parts of the Committee of the Whole House during the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 9 April 1986 (part 2 of 2). This recording contains debate on Part 2 of the Bill which provides anti-discrimination provisions.
    Features: Bill Sutton, Fran Wilde, Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Helen Clark, John Banks, Neil Morrison, Roger Maxwell, Roger McClay, Russell Marshall, Trevor Mallard, Winston Peters
  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)

Tue 9 Apr 1985

Mon 9 Apr 1984

  • Television: Prime Minister Robert Muldoon compares jouranlistic commentry on the Keith Allen affair to those that had happened during the Colin Moyle affair (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP110295.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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