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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, Zoie Guest
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
    Mark Beehre talks about documenting gay mens lives through photography and audio interviews
    Features: Mark Beehre
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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