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Sat 11 Apr 2020

  • British Porn Actor Unlocks OnlyFans Account for Health Workers During Coronavirus...
    Links: Express

Thu 11 Apr 2019

  • Israel Folau condemned by gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas and other stars
    The Wallabies fullback has been criticised by players around the world for his homophobic attack...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau faces wrath of Rugby Australia after resuming anti-gay social media posts
    Rugby Australia says integrity unit is involved after rugby superstar made "unacceptable" comments about gay people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau under fire again for homophobic comments
    The Australian rugby player Israel Folau's under fire - again - for another social media post saying homosexuals are going to hell...
    Links: RNZ
  • Midday Sports News for 11 April 2019
    Rugby Australia has confirmed its investigating the latest anti gay comments made by Wallabies star Israel Folau, who warned on social media 'sinners' are destined for hell...
    Links: RNZ
  • National Party MP's petition dangerous to Kiwi kids
    A petition accepted today by National Party MP Jo Hayes, endorsing abhorrent fringe views on sexuality and gender diversity education in schools, is dangerous to young New Zealanders...
    Links: Scoop
  • The Front Page podcast: Rugby stars speak out in solidarity with the gay community
    Each weekday The Front Page keeps you up to date with the biggest news in New Zealand...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Israel Folau Resumes Anti-Gay Social Media Posts
    Links: Express
  • Israel Folau’s Rugby Contract to be Terminated
    Links: Express
  • Kenyan LGBTI Activist Refused Asylum into South Africa Unless He Can...
    Links: Express
  • Tasmania Makes Listing Gender on Birth Certificates Optional
    Links: Express
  • Will and Grace Star Announces New Animated Gay Series for Netflix
    Links: Express

Wed 11 Apr 2018

  • Clarity sought from PNG govt over HIV drugs shortage
    Papua New Guinea is running critically short on anti-retroviral drugs, according to an advocacy group for people living with HIV...
    Links: RNZ
  • Israel Folau relationship with Rugby Australia sours following gay hate speech
    ANALYSIS: The relationship between Rugby Australia and its highest-paid player, Israel Folau, has soured following a meeting at which he insisted he would not be backing away from his social media remarks that gay people were going to "hell unless they repent of their sins and turn to God"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Should friends tell their friends when they spot their partner up to no good?
    What would you do if you were approached by a friend's husband on an online dating app for sex?That's the conundrum of a friend of mine after he was privately messaged by the husband of an acquaintance on gay application Grindr...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Review: Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow make Rock Great Again
    Links: Express

Tue 11 Apr 2017

  • GayNZ to “Retire” 31 May
    Links: Express
  • It’s Just Locker Room Talk
    Links: Express
  • Sir Ian McKellen Reflects on Growing up Gay in Britain
    Links: Express

Mon 11 Apr 2016

  • Colombia the Latest Latin American Country to Have Marriage Equality
    Links: Express
  • NZAF Māori Advisory Group Makes Way For New Leadership
    Links: Express
  • NZAF Māori advisory group step down from role
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation Māori advisory group have announced they are stepping down, saying it is time for new leadership...

Sat 11 Apr 2015

  • The Hot New Asian in Ponsonby!
    Links: Express
  • Tears, laughter farewell NZAF stalwart
    In a service which ran the emotional spectrum from deep sorrow through to warm laughter NZ AIDS Foundation librarian and researcher Vern Keller was farewelled this afternoon after dying of a heart attack at Easter weekend...

Fri 11 Apr 2014

  • Youth Outgames scholarship up for grabs
    Rainbow Youth is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a New Zealander aged 27 or under who wants to compete at the Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin next month...

Thu 11 Apr 2013

  • Rex Halliday profile
    Rex Halliday talks about early HIV AIDS prevention programmes in New Zealand and establishing the Hero party and festival.
    Features: Rex Halliday
  • Trustees sought for AKL Pride Fest board
    The Auckland Pride Festival Board needs two new Trustees, and is particularly looking for people with financial management, accounting, sponsorship and marketing skills...

Wed 11 Apr 2012

  • NZ MPs lead charge against hateful Ugandan bill
    Jan Logie, Louisa Wall and Tau Henare Two of New Zealand’s lesbian MPs and an outspoken National MP have played a key part in an international push to urge Ugandan leaders to get rid of the nation's proposed anti-gay legislation...

Mon 11 Apr 2011

  • MP "sometimes engages mouth before brain"
    There's little surprise from some quarters at the "gaggle of gays" outburst from one of Labour's more conservative MPs Damien O'Connor, who is described as someone who sometimes speaks before he thinks...

Sun 11 Apr 2010

  • MPs' art features in GLBT exhibition
    Works by two gay MPs are part of a fundraising art exhibition which opens in Wellington on Monday night...

Sat 11 Apr 2009

  • Anger over Polish zoo's "gay elephant"
    A Polish politician has criticised his local zoo for buying an elephant who appears to have homosexual tendencies...

Fri 11 Apr 2008

  • HIV positive NZers leading better lives

Wed 11 Apr 2007

  • 61% of gays think Blair
    A damning opinion poll on Tony Blair's decade as Prime Minister has produced a few positive results, among them the finding that nearly two-thirds of people think Britain is a better country for LGB people to live in...

Tue 11 Apr 2006

  • Volunteers needed for safe sex programme
    The AIDS Foundation is seeking volunteers for Team Safe Sex, a new initiative visitng gay bars, venues, events, chat rooms and internet dating sites to promote HIV awareness, challenge risky behaviour and encourage safe sex...

Mon 11 Apr 2005

  • Wellington mayor to celebrate civil union
    The mayor of Wellington is set to be the celebrant at one of the first same-sex civil unions in early May...

Sun 11 Apr 2004

  • Wellington Fair co-organiser Jeff Montgomery
    Jeff Montgomery, Co-organiser of, and spokesperson for, the 2004 Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair...

Sat 11 Apr 1987

  • The Awhina Clinic opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The HIV/AIDS clinic is later renamed the Awhina Centre.

Thu 11 Apr 1985

  • Television current affairs: studio discussion on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    The discussion features Reverend Richard Flinn and Peter Wall from the Gay Task Force. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57594.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: almost three million dollars dedicated by the Government to AIDS research (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP13091.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: gay activists disrupt meeting of anti-reform activists (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP134033.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS and a look at the nationwide debate over homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    Two news reports - the first details new Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS. The second report looks at homosexual law reform and features an interview with MP Graeme Lee. Eyewitness news, ref F80137.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Ministry of Defence want the Armed Forces exempt from the proposed Homosexual Law Reform Bill's provisions (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP114112.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: new government funding for AIDS research programme (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP17894.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Norman Jones and fellow anti-reform petitioners clashes with gay activists (Wellington, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP13083.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Government announces funding for a blood screening program to combat the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)

Tue 11 Apr 1967

  • Stanley Waipouri is born (Auckland region, New Zealand)
    Waipouri was killed in Palmerston North in 2006.

Thu 11 Apr 1935

  • Entrepreneur Tony Katavich is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Katavich would later create the OUT! business empire with Brett Sheppard.
    Links: GayNZ

Mon 11 Apr 1910

  • Artist Toss Woollaston is born (Stratford, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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