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Sat 23 Apr 2022

  • The first case of Omicron XE is detected in New Zealand (New Zealand)
  • Film: Finally A ‘Brokeback Mountain’ For The Girls
    Links: Express

Fri 23 Apr 2021

  • Parents of Dead Transgender Teen Fight Over Headstone Name
    Links: Express

Thu 23 Apr 2020

  • Is the Covid curve flattening in the Pacific?
    Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta talks with Kathryn about Covid 19 across the Pacific...
    Links: RNZ
  • Gay Men in Morocco Living in Fear as Model Launches Campaign...
    Links: Express
  • Lil Xan In Hospital Over ‘Coronavirus Panic Attack’
    Links: Express

Tue 23 Apr 2019

  • New Zealand teacher who lost job in South Korea after refusing HIV test sues for damages
    A New Zealander who lost her teaching job in South Korea after refusing to take a HIV test is suing for damages after the country rejected a recommendation by an international watchdog on racial discrimination that she deserved compensation...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • APO Celebrates All Things Roald Dahl and Brings ‘Gloriumptious’ Dahlesque to...
    Links: Express
  • Clucking Good Fun: express Meets Insta-Famous Chooks Womble and Bumble
    Links: Express

Mon 23 Apr 2018

  • Hate speech law would be 'step too far', Bennett says
    The idea of a new hate speech law in the wake of the Israel Folau gay controversy is "a step too far", National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett says...
    Links: Stuff

Sat 23 Apr 2016

  • Arriving - Shift hui (2016) (Tapu te Ranga Marae)
    Rowan Moulder describes arriving at Tapu te Ranga Marae for Shift hui 2016.
    Features: Rowan Moulder
  • Beyond Rainbows panel discussion - Shift hui (2016) (Tapu te Ranga Marae)
    Beyond Rainbow panel members talk about the challenges of being a minority within rainbow communities.
    Features: Aya McCabre, Dani Pickering, Jaye Barclay, Remy Schwenke, Tabby Besley, Taupuruariki Brightwell
  • Participants (part 1) - Shift hui (2016) (Tapu te Ranga Marae)
    Rowan Moulder talks to participants at Shift hui 2016.
    Features: Mani Bruce Mitchell, Taupuruariki Brightwell
  • Tabby Besley - Shift hui (2016) (Tapu te Ranga Marae)
    Tabby Besley, national co-ordinator for InsideOUT talks about being part of the team organising the hui.
    Features: Tabby Besley
  • Takataapui workshop - Shift hui (2016) (Tapu te Ranga Marae)
    Elizabeth Kerekere discusses the history of takataapui, building relationships and creating inclusive spaces.
    Features: Elizabeth Kerekere
  • Fly Like an Eagle
    Links: Express

Thu 23 Apr 2015

  • Freedom In Fur
    Links: Express
  • French Newspaper Claims Vatican Rejected Gay French Ambassador After Meeting With...
    Links: Express
  • Live Review: Sam Smith at Vector Arena
    Links: Express
  • US Study: Shortage of GLBT Friendly Doctors
    Links: Express
  • X-Men Character Iceman Outed as Gay
    Links: Express
  • Indian rep withdraws from Mr Gay World
    Mr Gay India has pulled out of the Mr Gay World pageant and gone into hiding with his family after receiving threats...
  • Knitters unite for museum's ANZAC exhibition
    The nation’s lesbian museum will open a special exhibition on ANZAC Day commemorating the contribution of women during World War One...
  • Meat Train's story coming to Attitude TV
    A documentary telling the story of a roller derby player who is losing her hearing will feature on New Zealand screens this Sunday morning...
  • Moa to get intimate for album release show
    Anika Moa’s announced an intimate album release show, where instead of taking the stage she will play down on the floor with her audience around her...
  • Rainbow Tick marks milestones
    The Rainbow Tick celebrated its first anniversary and two other significant milestones this week at a fun-filled evening for its clients and friends...
  • Three 'Battle of the Sexes' flicks planned
    Emma Stone (left) and Elizabeth Banks (right) are each lined up to play Billie Jean King (bottom) in different projects...
  • Uganda targets NGOs in new proposed law
    Uganda has proposed a new law which could be used to shut down any lgbti rights groups or charities its Government doesn't like...

Wed 23 Apr 2014

  • A Brazilian treat: Tattoo
    As we get ready for the feast of glbti films at Out Takes, The Reel Brazil Film Festival has something to whet your appetite in Tattoo, coming to Auckland, Wellington and Nelson...
  • Former NZ Ambassador returns to law
    David Huebner (right) with partner Duane McWaine Former US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner is going back into the legal profession...
  • Oates' quiz nights making a comeback
    Dress-ups, hijinks and a flamboyant host are some of the highlights of Oates' quiz nights...
  • Out Takes film festival needs volunteers
    Out Takes is looking for volunteers to help in the lead-up to and during the festival...
  • Russia looks at compulsory HIV database
    Russia is considering introducing mandatory fingerprinting for people with HIV, whose details will then be stored in a national database...
  • Tom Daley visits NZ
    Delicious diver Tom Daley has filmed an episode of his show Tom Daley Goes Global, here in New Zealand! Check out some of the pictures from his travels in The Land of the Long White Cloud! In episode three of the ITV show, the Olympian and his best friend Sophie backpack through NZ and take on some of its extreme challenges – such as the world’s highest cliff jump...

Tue 23 Apr 2013

  • Libra ad the most complained about in 2012
    The Advertising Standards Authority has revealed the “Libra Gets Girls” ad was the most complained about last year...
  • Same-sex marriage not an option at Wall's church
    Louisa Wall Marriage equality advocate Louisa Wall MP is amongst those glbti people who will not be able to be married in their own church, despite the resoundingly positive pro-equality vote in Parliament last week...
  • Wedding forms will be available on 19 August
    The Department of Internal Affairs will have forms available for same-sex couples who want to be married from 19 August...

Mon 23 Apr 2012

  • Bar slammed over ejection of lesbians
    The owners of a Wellington bar are being given a forceful lesson of the power of social media in the face of injustice...
  • Being gay all about bad dads, musician claims
    Danny Wallace An ‘ex-gay’ American minister/musician has visited New Zealand and shared his belief that “homosexuality is only the symptom of a deeper issue – the lack of a father’s love”...
  • Kiss sees lesbians turfed out of Wellington bar
    Public A Wellington lesbian is complaining to both a Courtenay Place bar and the Human Rights Commission after she says she was thrown out for kissing her girlfriend on Saturday night...

Sat 23 Apr 2011

  • Banksy's 'Gay Bobbies' go under the hammer
    A Bansky work which depicts two British policemen kissing is being sold by the owner of the Brighton pub he painted it on...
  • Gay zombie porn film to be shown in NZ
    A controversial gay zombie porn flick which was at the centre of a censorship debate across the Tasman has been included in the line-up for Out Takes 2011...
  • No walk in the park
    Far from the usual groups of frivolous and fabulous gay 20-somethings we generally see on screen, Auckland's Number 8 Films have told a story from what could be classified as our silent generations in their latest work The Colonel's Outing...
  • Out Takes 2011 programme comes out
    The Out Takes 2011 festival programme has been released and is available at various outlets, online or through the mail...

Fri 23 Apr 2010

  • Ronald Trifero Nelson profile (Wellington)
    Ronald Trifero Nelson talks about growing up and a number of plays that he has written and directed.
    Features: Ronald Trifero Nelson
  • Archie comics introducing gay character
    Long-running comic Archie is to include its first openly gay character...
  • Get ready for the big wigs
    Snapped at the last Wigarama Host Miss Ribena is promising the wigs will be bigger than ever for the fourth Wigorama, which will raise the roof at Auckland's Family Bar this Saturday night...
  • NZAF: HIV groups 'want us as CT's publisher'
    The national HIV people's publication Collective Thinking is well received and is still published by the NZ AIDS Foundation because HIV peer support organisations want it that way, according to the Foundation...
  • Review: 75 min of LOL at BATS
    Simon Leary as Bottom Boy BE WARNED: If you're after a docudrama about San Francisco in the 1970s, go out and hire MILK on DVD...
  • Worries over loss of glbt voice in new super city
    As Auckland chugs full steam ahead towards becoming a super city, serious questions are being raised about whether the GLBT community will be heard under the new structure...

Thu 23 Apr 2009

  • 25 Years of HIV: Don't Give Up
    25 years ago today, on 23rd April 1984, US Health Secretary Margaret Heckler announced the ground-breaking discovery that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS...
  • How to pick up guys... in one easy step
    Our competition to win a dinner with Mr...
  • Priscilla profits offset theatre flops
    Auckland City raised over $1 million profit from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at The Civic last year, but since those drag dollars stopped rolling in, other productions have lost $2...
  • Samoa's Milk movie ban "unhealthy"
    The Pacific Freedom Forum is concerned over the banning of gay themed movie Milk in Samoa, a move it describes as "unhealthy" and in effect "will only fuel curiosity" about the film...
  • Scottish mum fined for taunting gay son
    A mother who shouted homophobic abuse at her estranged 16-year-old son has been fined £250 (NZ$650)...

Wed 23 Apr 2008

  • Dan News gets deleted
    Deleted: Dan Gardiner Popular gay blogger Daniel Gardiner had uploaded 299 hilarious video clips onto the net - but then YouTube pulled the plug...
  • Europe: Anti-discrimination bill abandoned
    The European Commission has abandoned its plans to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination...
  • Mahinarangi Tocker day at lesbian museum
    A Mahinarangi Tocker remembrance event will be held this Saturday at Auckland's Charlotte Museum, to honour the lesbian singer/songwriter who died last week...

Mon 23 Apr 2007

  • Adam Sandler to play
    Adam Sandler says there's a moral to his upcoming movie, in which he plays a heterosexual fireman who pretends to be gay...
  • Comment: Go, Bruce, go! Please...
    Bruce Logan Bruce Logan has returned from the grave yet again, courtesy of Muriel Newman, former ACT List MP, and now webmaster of the so-called New Zealand Centre for Political Research...

Sat 23 Apr 2005

  • First Chch Pride Week in May
    Christchurch is all set for what is thought to be its first Gay Pride Week, which will run from 6–15 May...
  • Obituary: Old Corruption: Joh Bjelke-Petersen (1911-2005)
    Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Sir Johannes (Joh) Bjelke-Petersen was a controversial, corrupt fundamentalist right-wing Queensland state politician who died from Parkinsons complications...
  • Protecting Our Digestive Systems?
    One recent US fundamentalist journal article against same-sex marriage might provide some suggestions about the success of our own campaign for civil unions and relationship equality...
  • Radio host disturbed by male hugging
    Disparaging comments from Radio Live host Martin Devlin about men hugging is an example of how homophobia affects all men, not just the gay ones, says the AIDS Foundation...
  • The Bible, Christianity, and Homosexuality
    Regardless of whether or not you are a Bible scholar; whether or not you can read Greek; or if you know everything or nothing about Christian tradition, you will be able to follow this study...

Fri 23 Apr 2004

  • Gay penguins to raise family
    A male King penguin couple at Kelly Tarlton's aquarium in Auckland, unsuccessful in their first attempt to raise a family, may get a chance to try again...
  • Large number of queer TV proposals
    TVNZ say they have received a large number of proposals following the queer TV brief for Queer Nation's replacement issued earlier this month...

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