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Wed 15 Apr 2020

  • Local Focus: Whanganui dancer is not pussyfooting around
    "I just found out the other day that I'm the first openly gay corporate boxer in New Zealand...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Daniel’s Top Ten Queer Lockdown Reads
    Links: Express
  • Pride Goes Virtual as COVID-19 Forces Global Cancellations
    Links: Express
  • Queer Kiwi Ready To Rock For Lockdown Live
    Links: Express
  • Warwick Rowers Urge All To Stay Home, Safe And Happy.
    Links: Express

Mon 15 Apr 2019

  • Tabby Besley - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand (Rainbow Room)
    Interview with Tabby Besley, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Tabby Besley
  • Gay US mayor announces presidential bid
    Pete Buttigieg has announced his campaign...
    Links: Stuff
  • Qtopia disappointed that MP Joanne Hayes accepted petition
    Qtopia disappointed that MP Joanne Hayes accepted a petition that will stop transgender teaching in New Zealand Schools ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Rugby: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he won't pick Israel Folau
    Coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he would not have been able to select fullback Israel Folau for the Wallabies after his latest "disrespectful" social media posts attacking gay people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Working together to deliver quality education
    Parents, teachers and boards of trustees must work together to ensure delivery of quality relationship and sexuality education (RSE)...
    Links: Scoop
  • Shawn Mendes Discusses ‘Hurtful’ Rumours About His Sexuality
    Links: Express

Sun 15 Apr 2018

  • Lawyer sets himself on fire to protest climate change
    A prominent gay rights activist set himself on fire in a protest suicide in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in the early hours of Saturday morning...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • US environmental advocate dies after setting himself on fire in New York park
    A prominent American gay rights lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in a New York park to protest pollution and the use of fossil fuels...
    Links: Stuff

Sat 15 Apr 2017

  • Beyer’s Successful “Textbook Perfect” Transplant
    Links: Express

Fri 15 Apr 2016

  • Her Majesty Honours Michael Bancroft
    Links: Express
  • Lick: Rainbow Youth Fundraiser!
    Links: Express
  • Two Naked Gay Guys
    Two Naked Gay Guys is a new LGBTI comedy web-series, following two gay guys who meet up for a one-off no strings attacked hook-up, only to find that one time isn’t enough...

Wed 15 Apr 2015

  • Church of England Condemned Over ‘Gay Cure’ Conference
    Links: Express
  • Jesse Peach’s New Exhibition at Shanghai Lil’s
    Links: Express
  • Researchers Explore The Impacts of Christchurch Earthquakes on Local GLBT Community
    Links: Express
  • UK: Conservatives pledge full gay pardons
    The UK’s Conservative Party has promised posthumous pardons for men convicted of historical gay sex offences...

Tue 15 Apr 2014

  • Watch: Teen Faggots on Tagata Pasifika
    Check out the amazing Teen Faggots, whose show was one of the stand-outs of the Auckland Pride Festival this year...

Mon 15 Apr 2013

  • Threats of violence follow French progress
    "It's the face of Homophobia," attack victim Wilfred de Bruijn says...

Sun 15 Apr 2012

  • Jacki Byrd - Queen of the Whole Universe (Auckland)
    Jacki Byrd talks about being part of the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Jacki Byrd
  • Openness, honesty and a little confrontation
    Shaun Robinson When the NZ AIDS Foundation was formed in the mid-1980s people were stressed, friends of all ages were dying, the gay communities were traumatised...

Fri 15 Apr 2011

  • Waipouri killer's Bebo page a mystery
    Corrections is confident a Bebo page purporting to belong to one of the men responsible for the vicious killing of Stanley Waipouri has not been updated from a jail cell...

Thu 15 Apr 2010

  • Top Italian court rejects gay marriage
    Legal recognition of gay marriage has been rejected by Italy's Constitutional Court...

Wed 15 Apr 2009

  • Teacher suspended for sexy story of pupils
    A teacher in West Yorkshire, UK, who wrote erotic stories about her students has been suspended from the school - but her class is defending her...

Tue 15 Apr 2008

  • Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Tocker dies following a severe asthma attack.
    Links: Wikipedia
  • Singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies
    12:45PM: Openly lesbian Maori singer and songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker died this morning in North Shore hospital after a massive asthma attack last week...

Sun 15 Apr 2007

  • The ten rules for managing open relationships
    I am curious about the rules that people use in managing open relationships...

Sat 15 Apr 2006

  • Outlines: Lesbian and gay histories of Aotearoa

Fri 15 Apr 2005

  • Can CU celebrants refuse gay couples?
    Internal Affairs say they're pleased with the even spread of newly-registered civil union celebrants across the country, although there remains some doubt as to whether these celebrants may be able to opt out of same-sex ceremonies and only conduct opposite-sex ones...

Thu 15 Apr 2004

  • Outspoken: Facing the facts of HIV
    Maggie Barry The rate of HIV infections in New Zealand increased dramatically last year with findings in the latest report of the AIDS Epidemiology Group at Otago Medical School described by the Ministry of Health as a sharp wake-up call for all sexually active New Zealanders not engaging in safe sex...

Tue 15 Apr 2003

  • McD's under pressure over mag withdrawal
    With the announcement of a gay protest outside their Auckland head office, fast food chain McDonalds is coming under more pressure following its refusal to sanction an issue of a teen magazine it sponsors...

Mon 15 Apr 1991

  • Alex Mihailovic and Dean Howard are convicted of the murder of Richard Johnson (Sydney, Australia)
    Mihailovic and Howard were part of a gang of youths convicted of the murder of the New Zealander in Sydney.

Mon 15 Apr 1985

Fri 15 Apr 1983

Tue 15 Apr 1980

Sun 15 Apr 1979

  • Ascent Wellington is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Wellington, New Zealand)

Mon 15 Apr 1935

  • Eric Mareo murders his wife Themla Mareo (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Themla was also in a relationship with dancer Freda Stark.
    Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

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