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Tue 20 Apr 2021

  • Graham Norton’s New PINK Sparkling Wine Is Here!
    Links: Express
  • Kiri Allan Shares Video of Her Singing in Hospital Bed During...
    Links: Express

Mon 20 Apr 2020

  • Sport: World Rugby investigates Fiji's Keane for homophobia claims
    World Rugby is investigating allegations of homophobia against the Fiji Rugby Union Chairman, who has been nominated for a position on the governing body's influential Executive Committee...
    Links: RNZ
  • Gay Footballer Suspended for Assaulting Opponent After Homophobic Taunt
    Links: Express
  • Homophobic Turks Call for Netflix Boycott
    Links: Express
  • Kesha and Melissa Etheridge to Feature in GLAAD Hosted Livestream Event
    Links: Express
  • Mr Gay New Zealand 2020 Prepares For Mr Gay World In...
    Links: Express
  • Polish Gay Couple Hand Out Rainbow Masks on the Streets
    Links: Express

Sat 20 Apr 2019

  • Monica Hingston - Lesbian ex-nun who stood up to George Pell
    In 2004 former nun Monica Hingston took a stand against her second cousin Cardinal George Pell, by making public a letter urging him to reconsider his support of the Vatican's declaration that homosexuals were "seriously depraved persons" Hingston was in a long-term relationship with Peg Moran who she had fallen in love with while they were both serving as nuns in a Chilean shantytown during the rule of Augusto Pinochet...
    Links: RNZ
  • All Black Angus Ta’avao Wears Rainbow Laces to Show Support for...
    Links: Express

Fri 20 Apr 2018

  • Coming out, negotiating identities and solidarity - Shift hui (2018) (Te Horouta Marae)
    Panel discussion from Shift hui 2018: Coming out, negotiating identities and solidarity
    Features: Aliyah Winter, Brittany Hobcraft, Caity Briggs, Jarrod Klooster, Jaye Barclay, Neo Kenny
  • Rainbow history - Shift hui (2018) (Te Horouta Marae)
    An exploration of some of the fascinating stories from the histories of our queer communities.
    Features: Aliyah Winter, Lee Eklund, Max Tweedie
  • Self care tactics for mental health - Shift hui (2018) (Te Horouta Marae)
    Self care tactics for mental health - keeping yourself resilient in times of mental distress
    Features: Alex Ker, Aliyah Winter, Jarrod Klooster, Kate Aschoff, Richard Fray, Theta Likins
  • Shift hui takes place (Wellington region, New Zealand)
    The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT for "young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics". It takes place at Horouta Marae in Porirua.
    Links: InsideOUT
  • 'We always assumed he was bisexual': Father of man who claims painkillers turned him gay
    A young man who claims painkillers turned him gay slept with a man before taking the drugs, his estranged father has revealed...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 20 April 2018
    New developments announced at this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London have underlined a move by the British government to re-engage with the Pacific; analysis of UK's move to re-engage with Pacific Islands announced at CHOGM with new diplomatic posts planned for Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu; the evacuation of residents on the ash-covered Vanuatu island of Ambae is finally getting underway, as food supplies dwindle and disease starts to spread; Pacific reactions to Israel Folau's social media comments on gay people going to hell; rescue and evacuation underway in flood-hit Hawaii...
    Links: RNZ
  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 20 April 2018
    The evacuation of residents on the ash-covered Vanuatu island of Ambae is finally getting underway, as food supplies dwindle and disease starts to spread; Pacific reactions to Israel Folau's social media comments on gay people going to hell; rescue and evacuation underway in flood-hit Hawaii; the plight of two Tokelauans sacked over the chopper saga...
    Links: RNZ
  • Israel Folau comments could have dangerous consequences, says Christian LBGTI advocate
    Australian rugby star Israel Folau's damning views on gay people could have dangerous consequences, a Christian LGBTI advocate fears...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Pacific community divided on anti-gay comments
    Pacific reactions to Israel Folau's social media comments on gay people going to hell...
    Links: RNZ

Thu 20 Apr 2017

  • 53 Arrested In Nigeria For Celebrating Gay Marriage
    Links: Express
  • 53 men arrested in Nigeria for attending gay wedding
    Police in Nigeria have arrested 53 young men who were celebrating a same-sex wedding...

Wed 20 Apr 2016

  • Bending Genders and Genres
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Youth the Recipient of Theatre Fundraiser
    Links: Express
  • Drug-resistant gonorrhoea found among gayandbi men
    A “super strain” of gonorrhoea has broken out in the UK and is now spreading among gay and bi men, causing “huge concern” among doctors...
  • History Never Repeats
    More than three years after it was passed in New Zealand, why is Family First still droning on about marriage equality, however selectively? How so? Well, they don't seem to want to talk about positive instances of the international story arc, such as the marriage equality victory in Colombia's Constitutional Court recently...
  • Trans personality the face of empowerment campaign
    Transgender local personality Mary Haddock-Staniland is featured in the latest Kellogg’s Special K social media campaign, aiming to encourage New Zealand women to acknowledge the diversity and beauty of their bodies...

Mon 20 Apr 2015

  • Saturday Night at Family
    Links: Express
  • "In the ring" billboard doesn't breach rules
    The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed another complaint about a Love Your Condom billboard...
  • Comedy Fest Teaser: Neil Thornton
    Neil Thornton is a comedian from New York City currently living in Wellington with his husband, and making waves on the comedy circuit...
  • Mortal Kombat introduces gay character
    Gamers have picked up on the subtle introduction of a new gay character in Mortal Kombat X...
  • Perth: Pair jailed over gay man's murder
    Warren Batchelor had been a well-known Sydney DJ under the moniker DJ Coco...

Sun 20 Apr 2014

  • Gender Identity, Louisa's SOP and the Christian Right
    Louisa Wall is currently attempting to amend the Human Rights Act 1993 to include gender identity, through an amendment to the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4)...
  • NZ Film Archive marking 30 years of HIV
    The New Zealand Film Archive is presenting a series of events to run hand-in-hand with its exhibition marking 30 years of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand...
  • Two men to face anti-gay trial in Uganda
    Two men have been committed to trial for homosexuality in Uganda in the first case to reach the courts after the countries punitive anti-gay bill was made law in February...
  • Youngsters bringing Wizard of Oz to stage
    Talented youngsters are taking on gay favourite The Wizard of Oz in an upcoming Auckland production...

Sat 20 Apr 2013

  • Gay conman jailed for North Island crime spree
    A gay conman has been jailed for two years and eight months for 76 charges arising from a crime spree, where he visited gay homestays under various names and left without paying...
  • Gay/bi men heading to NY urged to get vaccine
    The Ministry of Health is advising any gay or bi men heading to New York to get vaccinated against invasive meningococcal disease, following an outbreak...
  • Marriage Equality: VME Day
    And so, New Zealand has become the thirteenth nation to recognise marriage equality, after Parliament voted on its third and final reading to pass the legislation (77-44)...
  • Other issues to the fore after marriage vote
    The Queer Avengers say it’s time to focus on "bigger issues", now New Zealand has marriage equality...
  • US: Gay Boy Scouts allowed, but leaders banned
    America's Boy Scouts are moving to admit gay youth members, but continue their ban on adult leaders...
  • Violence surges in France ahead of marriage vote
    Violence, scuffles and angry demonstrations have continued in France ahead of next week's final vote on its marriage equality law...

Fri 20 Apr 2012

  • Mark Beehre
  • Mark Beehre - Creating Our Stories (Wellington)
    Mark Beehre talks about documenting gay mens lives through photography and audio interviews
    Features: Mark Beehre
  • Don’t be afraid to report crime, police urge
    Rod Salt at this year's Big Gay Out Members of the glbti community are being urged to report crime, in light of estimations as much as 75 per cent of wrongdoing against us is not being passed on to the authorities...
  • Memorial Quilt to be put in Te Papa's safe hands
    The entire New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is to be handed over the national museum Te Papa, to be preserved as a taonga for future generations...
  • New voice for Sunday night lesbian show
    After two years behind the microphone, Kelly Rice has decided to hand over the reins to her lesbian-oriented Radio Ponsonby show 'Kelly’s Sunday Mix'...
  • We're not reporting crime
    As much three quarters of crime against members of the glbti community could be going unreported, something one of the country’s senior police officers says is of “huge concern”, and desperately needs to change...
  • Who is Miriam Grossman?
    Miriam Grossman Family First is getting somewhat desperate when it doesn't bother to conceal the fact that its June 2012 "Forum on the Family" speaker is a religious social conservative...

Wed 20 Apr 2011

  • Lauded gay writer's play getting Kiwi flavour
    Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney A critically-lauded play by an emerging gay American writer is coming to an Auckland stage, where it will be retold with a Maori and Pacific zest...
  • Malaysian teens sent to masculinity camp
    Gay rights advocates are denouncing Malaysian authorities who have send 66 Muslim schoolboys to a four-day masculinity camp, after teachers identified them as effeminate...
  • Tahlia and Phillippa's Civil Union
    Tahlia and Phillippa, both 30, celebrated their Civil Union in front of 50 of their closest friends and family on 11 March, 2011...

Tue 20 Apr 2010

  • A new blog and a new gay radio show
    Stuff's Blog Idol 2 winner Chaz Harris has launched his blog Over The Rainbow...
  • Candy bar promises more sweet treats
    The Candy girls After a wildly successful launch weekend, the crew at Auckland's Candy bar are promising there is plenty more to look forward to...
  • HIV services report due next week
    A review of New Zealand's HIV services is due to be made public by the end of next week and will stop short of making recommendations, according to the Ministry of Health...
  • Premiere boosts OUTLine's improved finances
    Last week's New Zealand premiere of the movie A Single Man raised over $1,500 for the OUTLine national counseling and outreach service which has recently improved its financial position...

Mon 20 Apr 2009

  • Break-ups: 14 ways to leave your lover
    Below, fourteen LGBT Kiwis open up about their most heart-wrenching break-ups...
  • Capill to make bid for early release
    Virulent anti-gay rights campaigner and convicted child molester Graham Capill is understood to be about to make another bid for early release from prison...
  • Teacher regrets class trip to gay bar
    A Cincinnati teacher who took four High School cheerleaders to a gay strip bar has sent a written apology to school officials and offered to resign...

Sun 20 Apr 2008

  • Hate mob ransacks Rome's LGBT Centre
    Police in Rome are searching for members of a mob of youths who burst into the city's LGBT centre, ransacking the building...
  • TVNZ cuts Shortland Street gay sex scene
    An intimate Shortland Street scene showing two young men in bed together has been rejected by broadcaster TVNZ, says the long-running local soap's producer...

Fri 20 Apr 2007

  • Conference for LGBT safety in schools
    Registrations are now open for the second SS4Q (Safety in Schools For Queers) Conference, to be held the weekend of July 7-8, 2007 at Wellington High School...
  • Homosexual Panic Defence and the Sentencing Act 2002
    Stanley Waipouri Will Clause 9 (1) (h) of the Sentencing Act 2002 provide a response to the homophobic defence counsel use of "homosexual panic defence?" I pondered that as I did research on hate crimes and their status in New Zealand after the recent tragic death of Stan Waipouri, and with the recent play that commemorated the tragically short life of Jeff Whittington...
  • NZ
    New Zealanders with HIV are strongly advised to visit their local medical centre for free protection against influenza as we head into the winter months...
  • Radio Rumble: the AIDS Foundation vs. John Tamihere Pt. 2
    It's Friday 30th March 2007 and the on-air confrontation between Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of the NZ AIDS Foundation, and Radio Live hosts John Tamihere and Willie Jackson continues...
  • Survey shows worries about gays next door
    A survey of 1202 New Zealanders has found 22...
  • Theatre: Equus, at Glen Eden Playhouse
    Equus, by Peter Shaffer Peach Theatre Company Dir: Jesse Peach Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden Until Saturday 21 April It's always good to see a revisiting of ‘Equus', and each time I'm reminded that you can't keep a good play down...

Thu 20 Apr 2006

  • Another senior staffer leaves NZAF
    The NZ AIDS Foundation has lost another senior Head Office staff member with the departure of Communications Coordinator Steve Attwood...
  • Leaving reluctantly for richer pastures
    Steve Attwood For the last fifteen years the NZ AIDS Foundation's outgoing Communications Coordinator Steve Attwood has worked for what he terms "good cause" organisations...

Wed 20 Apr 2005

  • "I'm confused and unsure about having kids"
    I want to have kids someday, and I'm terrified I won't be able to...
  • Channelling Jake the Muss
    Alan Duff Award-winning Once Were Warriors author Alan Duff gives GayNZ...
  • Maori voice encouraged at HIV/AIDS conference
    (Media Release, 19 April, 2005) Indigenous* Peoples' Satellite Planning for 16th International AIDS Conference, 2006 Maori are being encouraged to join discussion on the impact of HIV/AIDS on indigenous peoples at the 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto...

Tue 20 Apr 2004

  • Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
    Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez...
  • Special rights for straights: the Catholic agenda
    New Zealand's Catholic Bishops have sent a letter to all MPs opposing the Civil Unions Bill which will give more or less equal relationship rights to all New Zealanders, GLBT or straight...
  • The Christian right and un-natural law
    Lesbian and gay sex doesn't result in reproduction so it's "against nature," acording to conservative religious views...
  • The Golden Stilettos: A message from Miss K
    Hello Auckland! Hello New Zealand! Hello World! The Divine Miss K here...

Sun 20 Apr 2003

  • Gay rapist sentenced to eight years jail
    Canterbury gay man Paul Cecil Davenport has been sentenced to eight years' jail with a 4 year non-parole period for the drugging and rape of a man...

Sun 20 Apr 1986

  • Television news report: a fund raising event is to be held to help Eve van Grafhorst and family move to New Zealand (New Zealand)
    6.30 news, ref F91639.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sat 20 Apr 1985

Wed 20 Apr 1927

  • George Grace is convicted and sentenced to 3-months imprisonment for wearing female clothing (Napier, New Zealand)
    Grace had also gained admission to the local girls college. The Magistrate said "I will teach you to leave girls' clothing and girls' colleges alone in the future."
    Links: Papers Past

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