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Sat 8 May 2021

  • New HIV cases fall, but epidemic 'far from over' in Aotearoa
    The HIV epidemic is far from over, despite a decline in the number of diagnoses, says University of Auckland researcher Peter Saxon...
    Links: RNZ
  • Schools Rightly Rejecting Govt’s Sex Ed
    Family First says it is not surprised that less than 15% of schools are using Government funded programmes on sexual education...
    Links: Scoop

Fri 8 May 2020

  • German Toy Giant Launches First New Range To Include A Gay...
    Links: Express
  • Germany Outlaws Conversion Therapy On Youth
    Links: Express
  • Leaving Level 3 Hottie: Efthimis Chatziapostolou
    Links: Express

Wed 8 May 2019

  • Bisexual men win holiday on TV show to island where homosexuality is illegal
    UK dating show sends couple to island where homosexuality is illegal...
    Links: Stuff
  • HIV drug success and rethinking the panda's diet
    Science correspondent Dr Siouxsie Wiles looks at how suppressive antiretroviral therapy or ART for HIV is reducing the virus down to undetectable levels and it might live on bamboo but the Giant Panda is more carnivore than you think...
    Links: RNZ
  • Sport: Players who support Folau 'have no place in Australian rugby'
    A former Australian rugby international says anyone who believes Israel Folau has a right to publicly express his views on sexuality has no place in the sport...
    Links: RNZ
  • Imagine Dragons Speak Out Against Conversion Therapy at Billboard Music Awards
    Links: Express
  • Revealed: The Email Exchange Between Auckland Pride and Police
    Links: Express
  • Why Pete Buttigieg Should be the First Gay President of the...
    Links: Express

Tue 8 May 2018

  • Interim memorial opens for 49 killed at Florida nightclub
    ORLANDO, Fla...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Lizzie Marvelly turns down LGBTI award and comes out as bisexual
    Kiwi musician Lizzie Marvelly has come out as bisexual after turning down an LGBTI award...
    Links: Stuff
  • Caitlyn Jenner Denies Upcoming Engagement
    Links: Express
  • Cardinal Pell to Stand Trial for Sex Offences
    Links: Express
  • Come Out with Olly
    Links: Express
  • Opposition to Marriage Equality Collapses in US
    Links: Express
  • Trump Appoints Gay Ambassador
    Links: Express

Mon 8 May 2017

  • Countdown Announces Transgender Transitioning Policy
    Links: Express
  • Removal of HIV meds restriction welcomed
    Pharmac's intention to remove a restriction on when people newly-diagnosed with HIV can be put on medications will "significantly benefit people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV as well as efforts to prevent HIV transmission” according to the NZ AIDS Foundation...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 May 2016

  • Auckland gay couple return home with 'triplings'
    The Auckland gay couple who were having difficulty returning home from Mexico with their ‘triplings’, have arrived back in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Your guide to divorce in New Zealand
    If you have come to the decision to end your marriage or civil union and are thinking about applying for a divorce, here is a breakdown of the steps you will need to take and the requirements to do so...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 May 2015

  • Bad News For Conservatives – Americans Would Rather a Gay President...
    Links: Express
  • Jack Body Awarded Arts Foundation NZ Icon Award
    Links: Express
  • Ailing Jack Body given prestigious honour
    Celebrated gay New Zealand composer Jack Body has been selected as a recipient of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Award, Whakamana Hiranga, which is limited to a living circle of just 20 artists...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Couple in anti-poster are pro equality
    An upset couple whose family picture has been used by a group opposing marriage equality in Ireland say they firmly support same-sex marriage and gay adoption...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Law reform: Some MPs were 'spineless'
    Fran Wilde The MP who in the 1980s shepherded the decriminalisation of homosexuality legislation through Parliament has today described those MPs who held back during the final vote as "spineless...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sue all the gays case dismissed by judge
    Judge John Gerrard says the case is a no-go A US federal judge has dismissed a woman's attempt to sue all the gay people in the world...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tasmanian couple "grateful and humbled"
    After a successful fundraiser which will allow a Tasmanian couple to marry in New Zealand, crowdfunding continues to cover the costs of their reception and honeymoon...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Treatment of HIV has "radically changed"
    Associate Professor Mark Thomas An "astonishingly radical change in technology has saved the lives of people with HIV" over the past three decades of the HIV epidemic, according to an HIV specialist who has cared for many of those with the virus in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wilde: "Please help" young glbti people
    Fran Wilde Groundbreaking gay equality campaigner Fran Wilde has called on parents, schools and the medical fraternity to work harder to ensure that young glbti people feel good about themselves...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 May 2014

  • Amelia - South (Dunedin)
    Amelia talks about bullying, flatting situations that are homophobic and sexist and living in the Dunedin.
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Christina - South (Dunedin)
    Christina talks about growing up and living in Dunedin.
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Dusty - South (Dunedin)
    Dusty talks about growing up and being out in Dunedin.
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Mark - South (Dunedin)
    Mark talks about early years in Queenstown, coming out to family members and being bullied at university.
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • A Cheeky Night Out
    Links: Express
  • A weekend in Bundaberg
    Links: Express
  • Gay Adoption – It’s not a puppy
    Links: Express
  • Authority okays church's ex-gay ad
    The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed complaints about an ad for an ex-gay talk at a Bay of Islands church...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Comment - Brunei: Abode of Pain
    The Sultanate of Brunei is about to introduce shariah law and order the execution of lesbians and gay men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nintendo immovable on gay characters
    She can date a guy in a panda suit, but not another girl Nintendo has ruled out allowing gamers' characters to be gay in a game which is meant to simulate life...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Non-relationship MP cleared by Speaker
    Denis O'Rourke The Speaker says he “has to accept” that a New Zealand First MP isn’t breaking any rules by hiring a man who lives on his Christchurch property, as the MP denies being in a relationship with the employee...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Virtual candles only at AIDS Service
    For what may to be the first time in the three decades of the HIV epidemic, an AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service will be held without the traditional candles...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 May 2013

  • Ashley Tonga bringing sass to Switch Bar
    One of the Ashley Tonga memes doing the rounds The many talents of the Mangere drag queen who produced an unforgettable X Factor audition will be on show on a K’ Rd stage next weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hughes death: Army accused of 'camouflaging'
    Corporal Douglas Hughes The family of Corporal Douglas Hughes has ramped up its calls for an independent inquiry into his suicide, saying they believe it wasn’t his sexuality that led to his death, but the way the Army dealt with his sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • No Ordinary Son: Part One
    Maori Television's Native Affairs delves into the suicide of Dougie Hughes in Afghanistan...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • No Ordinary Son: Part Two
    Maori Television's Native Affairs delves into the suicide of Dougie Hughes in Afghanistan...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Urzila Carlson
    If you managed to get tickets to see Urzila Carlson in Auckland this week, just a warning, she may abruptly leave...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Te Papa to show exclusive Warhol exhibition
    Andy Warhol’s ‘Immortal’ exhibition will be on display at Te Papa Museum from June to August...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Youth group in desperate need of donations
    A Waikato based queer youth organisation needs community help to keep its Hamilton base open, as its running out of funds to cover its rent...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 May 2012

  • Should we be worried?
    Colin Craig As we reported earlier this week, the Conservative Party and its not so keen on gay people leader Colin Craig is cosying up to National...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tonight: TVNZ7 show looks at gays on NZ TV
    TVNZ7’s Hindsight programme will tonight look back on the portrayal of gay people on New Zealand TV over the years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Travolta denies propositioning male masseuse
    John Travolta denies the claims John Travolta is flat out denying a male masseuse’s claims the actor tried to have sex with him during a massage session at a Beverly Hills hotel...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 May 2011

  • Geoffrey Marshall profile (Auckland)
    Features: Geoffrey Marshall
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Marchers to claim back the streets in capital
    A march is being planned to take a stand against homophobia and transphobia on Wellington streets...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 May 2010

  • Spiked 'herbal Viagra' brands pulled from shelves
    Gay sex on site venues around the country are pulling four brands of Chinese-manufactured 'herbal viagra' from their shelves after the capsules were found to have been spiked with a prescription drug...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Your guide to Christchurch Pride
    The garden city is about to turn into the gay city, as Christchurch launches into its annual pride week...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 May 2009

  • A packed week of Christchurch Pride
    With a wide variety of fun events planned, Christchurch's annual Pride Week is set to rock the Garden City's LGBT communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Australia will count same-sex couples
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that it will count same-sex couples in the next nationwide census, due in August 2011...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Two films for Out Takes' Auckland first night
    2009's Out Takes Film Festival will begin in Auckland on Thursday 21 May, with a choice of two films and an after-party at the sophisticated Opium bar...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 May 2008

  • Being Gerald: Shortland St's Harry McNaughton
    Harry McNaughton plays Gerald Tippett Shortland Street's virginal receptionist Gerald Tippett finally got into bed with a guy in a racy episode last week - but alas, he couldn't find his homo-mojo...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay groups get $1,000's in GABA payout
    The Gay Auckland Business Association's meeting in K' Road's Purple bar last night was a profitable one for several LGBT groups who left the event with GABA Trust Fund cheques to help continue their activities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • London's new mayor gets a gay deputy
    The new Mayor of London has announced that influential out gay councillor Richard Barnes will serve as his deputy...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 May 2007


  • Less than a month after the controversial staging of the Miss Nepal pageant, the country's gay community has held a Miss Transgender contest, in a double defiance of the Maoist opposition to beauty pageants as well as homosexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Canada: Kids thrive with same-sex parents
    A study prepared for the Canadian government shows children do as well, perhaps better, when reared by same-sex parents as they do by opposite-sex couples...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 May 2006

  • All That Gutters is Garnet...
    Yes, the lone stranger from Wanganui is once more channelling the US Christian Right, in the form of one Dawn Stefanowicz, connected to the Massachussetts-based Alliance for Traditional Marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF appoints new trustee
    The board of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation has appointed a new trustee and is now at its full seven-member capacity...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Jungle at The Silo
    The Jungle, by Louis Nowra...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 May 2004

  • NZ Idol judge tabloid fodder
    Gay NZ Idol judge Paul Ellis is disappointed at a Sunday News article that exploited him with an article focussing on the death of his former partner Matthew from Huntington's Disease...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Philip Patston's identity crisis
    Despite being the unique cocktail that he is – namely a gay, disabled, vegetarian comic – Philip Patston, performing in Adelaide this week, says he still gets mistaken for disabled Australian comic Steady Eddie wherever he goes...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 May 2003

  • Decision deferred on gay surrogate birth
    An application for two gay men to have a surrogate baby is being considered by a New Zealand medical ethics committee for the first time...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 May 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS in Africa is reaching epidemic levels (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F92670.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Wed 8 May 1985

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