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Fri 17 Apr 2020

  • COVID-19: Targeted Actions Needed To Protect LGBTI People Amid Pandemic – Bachelet
    States need to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people do not face discrimination or fear retribution for seeking healthcare amid the COVID-19 crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Friday, as the ...
    Links: Scoop
  • “We Have Faced Two Plagues”
    Links: Express
  • Kiwis in Self-Isolation: Kurt Macintosh
    Links: Express
  • Queer Kiwis in Self-Isolation: Jill Stevens
    Links: Express
  • Queer Kiwis Surviving Self-Isolation: Matt Holster
    Links: Express
  • Unsafe and Unstable Homes During Lockdown
    Links: Express

Wed 17 Apr 2019

  • Australian sperm donor's bid to prevent lesbian couple moving daughter to NZ
    An Australian man, who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple, has taken them to High Court to prevent his biological child from moving to New Zealand...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Gay ref Nigel Owens: Israel Folau's comments are 'very, very hurtful' to many people
    Top test referee Nigel Owens, who revealed he was gay 12 years ago, says Israel Folau's social media rants are "very, very hurtful"...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • International Gay Rugby applaud sport's swift and decisive response to Israel Folau
    "Reaction shows discriminatory views have no place in rugby" as star slammed for homophobic outburst...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau has to understand 'very hurtful' comments, says gay referee Nigel Owens
    After personal struggles with sexuality, gay ref says Israel Folau must understand consequences of "hurtful" posts...
    Links: Stuff
  • Obituary: Richard Green LGBT rights trail-blazer since 1960s
    Across five decades the American psychiatrist and lawyer Richard Green, who has died aged 82, contributed to landmark achievements for gay and trans rights...
    Links: Scoop
  • Series of errors led to unsterilised equipment in Hawke’s Bay – report
    Fifty-five Hawke's Bay patients who were exposed to unsterilised medical equipment will have to wait until August to be certain they haven't been infected with blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV...
    Links: RNZ
  • Israel Folau Refuses to Go Quietly, Will Challenge Termination
    Links: Express
  • People and Their Pets: Our Cutest Companions
    Links: Express

Tue 17 Apr 2018

  • Chiefs halfback Brad Weber says he's disgusted at Israel Folau's comments
    Chiefs halfback and one-test All Black Brad Weber has tweeted his disgust at the comments made by Israel Folau about gay people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 17 April 2018
    The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville has elaborated on why his government is saying no to mining at Panguna indefinitely; The Cook Islands is balancing the evolution of its "premiere" relationship with New Zealand against its long-standing one with China; Pacific states instrumental in 'historic' decision in shipping industry; Purpose-built evacuation centres planned for Fiji; budget cuts cause of HIV drugs shortage in PNG; The National AIDS Council of Papua New Guinea says budget cuts are behind a critical shortage of anti-retroviral drugs in the country and there is no immediate solution to the problem, and; Samoa believes a strong performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games can be a launching pad for sport in the country...
    Links: RNZ
  • Folau 'courageous' to stand up against 'PC-nonsense'
    Checkpoint - Former Wallabies Coach Alan Jones says it's time people "toughen up" and accept that Israel Folau is entitled to believe that gay people are destined to go to hell...
    Links: RNZ
  • I offered to quit Wallabies, Folau says in fallout from homosexual comments
    Israel Folau has revealed he offered to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract in the wake of his controversial comments on homosexuality and that tension remains with the game's administration over the issue...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau 'courageous' to stand up against Rugby Australia
    Former Wallabies Coach Alan Jones says it's time people "toughen up" and accept that Israel Folau is entitled to believe that gay people are destined to go to hell...
    Links: RNZ
  • Man claims painkillers turned him gay
    A young man claims that he has become gay after taking painkillers when he broke his foot in a go-karting accident...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • MP and former Black Fern Louisa Wall: Israel Folau's comments can kill
    New Zealand Member of Parliament and former sporting star Louisa Wall is concerned at the effect Israel Folau's ongoing condemnation of homosexuals could have on young gay people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Netball NZ boss says Maria Folau's support of husband not a distraction to Silver Ferns
    Netball New Zealand has spoken with Maria Folau about her support for her husband Israel Folau, who is in hot water for saying God's plan for gay people is hell...
    Links: Stuff
  • Taranaki seabed mining appeal kicks off in High Court
    Last year New Zealand's first ever consent for seabed mining was granted to Trans Tasman Resources...
    Links: RNZ
  • British Man Claims Painkillers made Him Gay
    Links: Express
  • China’s Twitter Reverses Decision To Ban LGBTI Content After Backlash
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Apr 2017

Fri 17 Apr 2015

  • Sexuality and Gender workshop - Shift hui (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Shift hui participants take part in a workshop on sexuality and gender.
    Features: Carl Greenwood, unidentified voice
  • Auckland Pride Seeks New Board Members
    Links: Express
  • No Outtakes Film Festival This Year
    Links: Express
  • Watch: Irish Marriage Equality ad
    On May 22 Ireland will vote on marriage equality...

Thu 17 Apr 2014

  • Sophie Jayawardene profile (Wellington)
    Sophie Jayawardene talks about being diagnosed HIV+ in 1989, her journey with HIV and living positively.
    Features: Sophie Jayawardene
  • One year on "a surreal feeling" says Wall
    “People are getting married, that’s all that’s happened,” is the verdict of marriage equality champion Louisa Wall, on the one year anniversary of her law passing...

Wed 17 Apr 2013

  • Parliament: third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from the third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
    Features: Chester Borrows, Chris Auchinvole, Grant Robertson, Jami-Lee Ross, John Banks, Jonathan Young, Kevin Hague, Kris Faafoi, Lindsay Tisch, Louisa Wall, Maryan Street, Maurice Williamson, Moana Mackey, Mojo Mathers, Nikki Kaye, Paul Hutchison, Ruth Dyson, Tau Henare, Te Ururoa Flavell, Winston Peters
  • The third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
    The Bill passes its third and final reading: 77 ayes / 44 noes.
  • Upset critics decry passage of marriage Bill
    Bitter critics of GLBT rights have immediately slammed the passage of the marriage equality Bill as being “cultural vandalism” and “bizarre”...

Tue 17 Apr 2012

  • Rosie O’Donnell takes on street preacher
    Picture: YouTube A video is doing the rounds on the web of Rosie O’Donnell taking on a homophobic street preacher, who tells her she is a ‘lesbian pig’ who should be in the kitchen...

Sat 17 Apr 2010

  • NZAF must "hand back" control of HIV publication
    Opposition is emerging to the NZ AIDS Foundation's continuing control of the national HIV positive people's publication Collective Thinking, with one HIV advocacy group accusing the NZAF of using the magazine to present doctored information...

Fri 17 Apr 2009

  • USA: Day of Silence against LGBT bullying
    America marks its Day of Silence today, bringing attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools...

Thu 17 Apr 2008

  • Tocker to be bured in Taumarunui
    Singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker will be taken to Kauriki Marae in Taumarunui today, and her funeral has been arranged there for Saturday morning, her whanau says...

Tue 17 Apr 2007

  • Meet A.J. Marsh – the new Mr. Gay Wellington!
    29-year-old Allan-John (A...

Mon 17 Apr 2006

  • Television news report: the AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (New Zealand)
    One News, ref F92094.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Miss Drag Wellington 2006 Crowned
    In a star-studded competition at Pound nightclub in Wellington on Saturday night, Arabia took the crown of Miss Drag Wellington by a mere one point...

Sat 17 Apr 2004

  • MP Carter waits for civil unions
    MP Chris Carter says he and his partner of 31 years hope to be among the first to register a civil union once the legislation is passed...

Thu 17 Apr 2003

  • Wgn gay businesses critical of McDonalds
    Wellington gay businesspeople have entered the McDonalds vs Tearaway magazine fray, with the Gay Association of Professionals accusing the burger chain of copping out over homosexuality issues and dealing a double whammy to young gays and lesbians...

Sat 17 Apr 1993

  • The first national conference of the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The conference is attended by committee members, volunteers and regional coordinators.
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

Thu 17 Apr 1986

  • Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst is confirmed to have AIDS (Hastings, New Zealand)
    Van Grafhorst was born prematurely in 1982 and required eleven blood transfusions to save her life. One of the transfusions was contaminated and van Grafhorst contracted HIV. 6.30 news, ref F91630.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Wikipedia
  • Television news report: Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled to special protection under the law (New Zealand)
    Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled special protection under the law. 6.30 news, ref F91630
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Wed 17 Apr 1985

  • Television: Catholic homosexual support group "Ascent" on homosexual law reform bill (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP14110.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Mon 17 Apr 1978

  • Television current affairs: Lawyer Mike Bungay talks about Colin Moyle and the North Report (New Zealand)
    Dateline Monday, ref TZP1124.
    Links: TVNZ

Mon 17 Apr 1967

  • A public meeting endorses the formation of the Wolfenden Association (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The Association is soon renamed the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society.
    Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ

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