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Fri 30 Apr 2021

  • 'It is life-saving': Elliot Page opens up about surgery
    Actor Elliot Page talks to Oprah about having top surgery and how important he believes it is to support health care for transgender people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Address Inequalities To End AIDS By 2030, UN Chief Says In New Report
    Inequalities in addressing AIDS threaten global efforts to stamp out the disease as a public health threat by 2030, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned in a report published on Friday, which provides 10 key recommendations to get the ...
    Links: Scoop
  • 1 x Double Pass to Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Double Passes to NZSO’s Fantastique
    Links: Express
  • 3 x Double Passes to Misbehaviour II
    Links: Express
  • Ellen’s Ex Speaks Out About Life With The Star
    Links: Express

Thu 30 Apr 2020

  • Madrid and Stockholm Pride Festivals Announce Move to Online in 2020
    Links: Express
  • Puerto Rico Under Fire Over Response To LGBT+ Murders
    Links: Express
  • Report Finds Rainbow Community Becoming Targets During Coronavirus Pandemic
    Links: Express
  • South Africa’s President Criticised Following Public Support Of Iranian Leader
    Links: Express

Tue 30 Apr 2019

  • 'Overwhelming support' the silver lining to the James Faulkner 'boyfriend' confusion
    Gay Aussie ex-cricket star hopes James Faulkner's 'boyfriend' post wasn't a deliberate joke...
    Links: Stuff
  • Cricket Australia apologises for 'unintended offence' after James Faulkner clarifies sexuality in social media post
    Star of 2015 Cricket World Cup final appeared to come out online, but says it was all a "misunderstanding"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Cricket: Former Australian international James Faulkner slammed by fans for 'gay hoax'
    Former Australian cricketer James Faulkner has been slammed on social media after it was revealed an Instagram photo he posted with his "boyfriend" was a misunderstanding...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Folau could still be paid
    Israel Folau could still be paid by Rugby Australia despite having his contract ended because of a social media post in which he said "hell awaits" gay people...
    Links: RNZ
  • Players' sexuality shouldn't matter...but it does
    Analysis - James Faulkner's 'misunderstood' social media post has raised a lot of questions, none more so than why should we care? RNZ Sport Editor Stephen Hewson writes...
    Links: RNZ
  • Student comes out as gay during valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned university
    A student who disclosed he was gay during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University has drawn praise from fellow students and notable figures such as Kristin Chenoweth and the husband of Democratic presidential...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Virginia school systems unite behind transgender student in landmark case
    Four northern Virginia school systems are declaring in court their support for the rights of transgender students, weighing in on a landmark case involving a teenager embroiled in a years-long legal fight over his attempt to use the...
    Links: NZ Herald

Mon 30 Apr 2018

  • UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case
    GENEVA — The U...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sat 30 Apr 2016

  • Emma Jean Kelly - remembering Jonathan Dennis (Wellington)
    Emma Jean Kelly talks about researching and writing her PhD on Jonathan Dennis - the founding director of the New Zealand Film Archive
    Features: Emma Kelly
  • Colombia legalises same-sex marriage
    The Constitutional Court in Colombia has ruled 6-3 in favour of same-sex marriage and an irrevocable constitutional ruling will be recorded within a month, to legally bind the decision...
  • The Bangladesh Tragedy
    On April 25, 2016, the editor of Bangladesh's LGBTI Roopban magazine was murdered by assailants subsequently revealed to have been from the Bangladeshi affiliate of al-Qaeda...

Thu 30 Apr 2015

  • Auckland Council Creates Rainbow Panel
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Council to Decide on Rainbow Panel This Afternoon
    Links: Express
  • Activists plotting a Wicked paint job
    Picture taken by Penny Ashton Trans activists angered by a statement on a Wicked Campers van say they will take direct action...
  • Akl Council to vote on Rainbow Panel
    Len Brown's already given it the thumbs up Auckland Council's Governing Body will today vote on whether to add a Rainbow Panel to its advisory boards...
  • Call for Pride ban over 'real names' policy
    Drag queens, drag kings and members of the transgender community are among those joining together to call for Facebook to be banned from San Francisco and New York pride parades over the continued use of its ‘real names’ policy...
  • Glbti rights not specified by PM in Gulf
    Human rights for glbti people specifically, were not part of the Prime Minister's discussion with Saudi Arabia's leader during the one on one time Mr Key spent with King Salman during his just-finished trip through the Middle East...
  • HIV case accused will plead not guilty
    The Auckland man charged with infecting another man with HIV will plead not guilty to both related charges and intends to request trial by jury, according to his lawyer...
  • Mayor's vote clinches Ak Rainbow Panel
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown has ensured an Auckland Council Rainbow Panel will go ahead by offering to pay for its first 18 months out of the Mayor’s Budget...
  • NZAF explains new HIV home-test policy
    The NZ AIDS Foundation has explained its apparent about-face on HIV home test kits, which will see it start a pilot programme for test users next year...
  • Panel: "Now we have to make this work"
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown is being praised for stumping up with the cash for a Council Rainbow Advisory Panel from his Mayoral Budget...
  • UKIP: News from the Far Right
    The far right United Kingdom Independence Party tends to attract those who would have once stood for the Conservatives, before the latter asserted quality control over candidate selection...

Wed 30 Apr 2014

  • HIV/AIDS panel discussion (New Zealand Film Archive)
    Audio from a panel discussion on HIV/AIDS, held at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington on 30 April 2014.
    Features: Carl Greenwood, Jane Bruning, Marama Pala, Nigel Raymond, Ron Irvine, Vaughan Meneses
  • Blow job, hand jobs part of Take's offending
    Silipa Take has been sentenced to home detention Masturbation and oral sex were amongst the activities vulnerable clients encountered when they were seen by then-NZ AIDS Foundation counsellor Silipa Take for HIV tests...
  • Clients abused during sexual health checks
    Silipa Take A former counsellor indecently assaulted ten clients under the guise of sexual health checks while working at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Awhina Centre in Wellington...
  • Ex-NZAF counsellor being sentenced
    Silipa Take A former New Zealand AIDS Foundation counsellor is this morning being sentenced for indecent assault, which occurred during his time at the Awhina Centre in Wellington...
  • Gender identity: Allyson's submission
    Allyson Hamblett...
  • Take case: NZAF offers fresh assurances
    Shaun Robinson The New Zealand AIDS Foundation says it’s strengthened its code of ethical conduct and the professional requirements of its counsellors to ensure all its clients are safe...
  • Take gets home detention for client abuse
    Silipa Take Former New Zealand AIDS Foundation counsellor Silipa Take has been sentenced to ten months' home detention and 250 hours community work after admitting indecently assaulting ten clients...

Tue 30 Apr 2013

  • Cat ladies swipe Christian lobby's domain name
    A flock of feline lovers have registered the domain AustralianChristianLobby...
  • Collins coming out will "save lives" - Navratilova
    Jason Collins The tennis player who made history when she came out in 1981 says NBA player Jason Collins’ revelation he is gay will save lives...
  • Gay and in the Army: Pt3: So many unanswered questions
    Corporal Dougie Hughes Ex-NZ Army soldier Rudy Paul is, like most people, baffled at the death by his own hand of the late Corporal Dougie Hughes while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan...
  • NBA player comes out: "I'm black. And I'm gay."
    Jason Collins NBA centre Jason Collins has shattered the thick glass ceiling in major American sports, coming out with the statement “I'm a 34-year-old NBA centre...
  • New gay character joins fresh Go Girls line-up
    Levi Hirsch The new Go Girls line-up will be unveiled tonight, with a gay character joining the group of North Shore friends in the home-grown TV series...
  • Olympian excited by NBA player coming out
    Blake Skjellerup New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup says an NBA player’s public revelation he is gay will change his life...
  • Opposition to Tui billboard sparks death threats
    The organiser of a campaign against a Tui billboard has received death threats, and been told she is “a stupid lezzo who needs more cock"...

Mon 30 Apr 2012

  • Meet: Eli Matthewson
    The latest gay talent to burst onto the comedy scene tells us about his upcoming three-way show Minority Report, the many projects he has on the go and why he thinks we should laugh at ourselves a little more...
  • Nick Laing welcomed to pivotal NZAF role
    Shaun Robinson   ...
  • Priest accidentally shows parents gay porn
    A priest in Northern Ireland who is accused of accidentally showing pictures of naked men to parents of children preparing for their first communion has asked for sabbatical leave from the priesthood...

Sat 30 Apr 2011

  • Forum to discuss trans health practices
    A youth health forum looking at better practices in transgender health is to be held in Auckland in the coming week...
  • Lesbian writer Joanna Russ dies, aged 74
    Writer and critic Joanna Russ has died in Arizona after suffering a series of strokes...

Fri 30 Apr 2010

  • Anger over portrayal of Tauranga as homophobic
    Shortland Street's portrayal of Tauranga being intolerant of gay people has angered the local tourism boss...
  • OurFest Awards give back to community
    Chris Banks and Kent Phillips from OurFest, with Hannah Rossiter from GenderBridge Two community charities have benefited from $1,452 raised by Auckland's OurFest 2010 Awards Night...

Thu 30 Apr 2009

  • Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill passes
    The US House of Representatives has passed the Matthew Shepard Bill - a 'Hate Crimes Bill' which will mean additional law enforcement resources will be set aside for crimes against minorities including sexual orientation and gender identity...
  • Tamati Coffey reveals he's got a boyfriend
    Dancing with the Stars winner Tamati Coffey has told the Women's Weekly that he's got a long-term boyfriend, who was cheering him on at the live final show last week...
  • Thai school offers transgender toilet
    Between the girls' and boys' toilets in northern Thailand's Kampang Secondary School is an extra toilet signposted with a half-man, half-woman icon...

Wed 30 Apr 2008

  • The television soap opera Shortland Street includes a gay sex scene (New Zealand)
    The BSA later rule that the scene breached good taste and decency and children's interests. The scene involved two male characters lying in bed talking. One then went under the blankets and the other nervously asked him "where are you going?". The first character popped his head back up and replied "it's a surprise" before descending back under. This was the first time a BSA complaint was upheld against Shortland Street.
    Links: BSA
  • AUS: Anti-discrimination legislation this May
    The Australian government says it will begin introducing legislation next month to end discrimination against same-sex couples...
  • Oscar Wilde's full trial transcripts now online
    The transcripts from Oscar Wilde's trials for 'gross indecency' at London's Old Bailey court in 1895 are now available online for the first time, released alongside a raft of other historical murder, robbery and abduction cases...
  • Sparkle on Sunday TV goes live on web
    Steven Oates' weekly gay chat and music show Sparkle on Sunday will now be streamed live and free on the internet, ALT TV have announced...
  • WGN: Checkmate will reopen closed sauna
    Wellington's Club Wakefield sauna and Out! Bookshop on Tory Street closed last weekend, but will reopen again soon, as the capital's other all-male sauna will relocate there...

Mon 30 Apr 2007

  • AKL:Gay comedy premiere to benefit NZAF
    The Auckland season of UK gay playwright Jonathan Harvey's bittersweet comedy “Hushabye Mountain” opens on the 16th of May with a charity performance to benefit the New Zealand AIDS Foundation...
  • Hero Parade 2009: Community Support
    Further members of Auckland's LGBT and Ponsonby community have expressed support and offered their thoughts on the Hero Parade's possible return in 2009...
  • New gay magazine for Wellington
    A company called 'Active Media in Wellington is planning to launch a new, free, monthly glossy magazine for the gay community in the capital...
  • Nigeria: Woman in hiding not a lesbian
    A Nigerian woman on the run from police who want to charge her with homosexuality says she is not a lesbian and the ‘wedding' she is accused of having with four other women was nothing more than a fundraiser to help the women marry men...

Sat 30 Apr 2005

  • Research will explore HIV risk factors
    Why are increasing numbers of men putting themselves at risk of HIV? The recipient of a new research grant from the AIDS Foundation, Michael Stevens, hopes to comprehensively answer this question...
  • Youth support camp a success
    A support camp for GLBT youth in Northland run over ANZAC weekend has been a resounding success, say organisers...

Fri 30 Apr 2004

  • "Labour's to blame for gay backlash"
    If a US-style backlash against minority groups ensues in New Zealand, then Labour and the PC brigade will only have themselves to blame, says NBR columnist Jeff Gamlin...
  • Major NZ gay research launched
    Researchers at Massey University last night launched what they say is the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of New Zealand's gay and lesbian communities...
  • Why gays need Rodney Hide
    Rodney Hide The ACT Party needs a new leader...

Tue 30 Apr 1985

  • Television news report: anti-reform petitioners allege that they are gaining significant support (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP134541.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 30 Apr 1886

  • Amy Bock is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Links: Papers Past

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