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Mon 10 May 2021

  • Upcoming Exhibition To Launch New QTBIPOC Arts Platform
    Āhua Collective is a new platform committed to empowering QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) artists and decolonising our creative future...
    Links: Scoop
  • Richard O’Brien Announced As 2021’s Rainbow Celebration Gala’s Guest Of Honour
    Links: Express

Sun 10 May 2020

  • Resonance walk tour (Wellington)
    Join the team from Walk Tours NZ for the Resonance walk tour in Wellington
    Features: Gareth Watkins, Roger Smith
  • No Bail For Men Arrested In Ugandan LGBT+ Homeless Shelter
    Links: Express
  • Vatican Charity Donates Money To Italian Transgender Sex Workers
    Links: Express

Fri 10 May 2019

  • Qantas CEO breaks silence on Israel Folau
    Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has broken his silence on the Israel Folau scandal, saying he supports Rugby Australia (RA) for taking action against the star's latest controversial social media post...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Transgender prisoner investigated for sexual assault behind bars
    Corrections is investigating several serious allegations, including sexual assault, made against a transgender prisoner...
    Links: Stuff
  • ‘It’s Raining Men’ (in Wigs and Heels!)
    Links: Express
  • A Colourful Crazy Ride: Jesse Wikiriwhi Discusses NZ Opera’s The Barber...
    Links: Express
  • Australian Labor Party Use Grindr Ads in Fight Against Homophobic Opponent
    Links: Express
  • Canada Reduces Blood Donation Ban For Gay and Bi Men To...
    Links: Express

Thu 10 May 2018

  • Israel Folau embarrassing the game - it's almost time he moved on: Peter FitzSimons
    OPINION: Israel Folau...
    Links: Stuff
  • Statue Man's dark past: Christchurch street performer previously convicted of HIV-related offences
    A former male prostitute who was once deemed a public health risk and put into isolation for knowingly spreading HIV to other men is back on Christchurch streets busking...
    Links: NZ Herald

Wed 10 May 2017

  • NZ International Comedy Festival: A Week In Review
    Links: Express
  • Sexuality and gender div. resource translated into NZSL
    RainbowYOUTH have released a new version of the Gender and Sexuality 101 resource just in time for New Zealand Sign Language week...
  • Trans behind bars: Tama's story
    This is part one Tama's story...

Tue 10 May 2016

  • OuterSpaces information evening (Evolve Wellington Youth Service)
    OuterSpaces is a collaborative initiative between Wellington
    Features: Jac Lynch, Jevon Wright, Kassie Hartendorp
  • Auckland University Panel to Query Equal Justice in NZ Prisons
    Links: Express
  • Eurovision: The Case Study of Successful Gay Lobbying
    Links: Express
  • Read: U.S. Attorney General Condemns North Carolina Bathroom Bill
    Links: Express
  • Smouldering Saturday at Family
    Links: Express
  • Governor of North Carolina suing US Government
    The Governor of North Carolina is suing the US Federal Government as he believes the Obama administration is bypassing Congress and attempting to rewrite the states anti-LGBTI bathroom law...
  • Just A Puppet On A String
    Predictably, Family First is once again regurgitating propaganda and mendacities from its fellow Christian Right organisations overseas, although to be fair, they aren't the only ones doing it...
  • LGBTI rights advocate accepted into UN programme
    Former Education Director of Rainbow Youth, Aych McArdle has been accepted into the 2016 ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme in Geneva...
  • Students create bathroom app for LGBTI community
    Three young students have developed an app that will allow people to find a gender neutral public toilet close by...
  • Trans prisoner rights to be highlighed at AKL Uni
    A panel discussion on the needs and rights of transgender people in New Zealand prisons will take place tomorrow at the University of Auckland...

Sun 10 May 2015

  • Composer Jack Body dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia
  • One Charming Prince, Three Maid’s in Drag – a Classic Fairytale...
    Links: Express
  • UK Now Has Highest Number of Gay and Lesbian MPs in...
    Links: Express
  • Rugby needs to lead the way, Wall says
    Louisa Wall The gauntlet is being thrown down to the administrators of New Zealand rugby to lead the way on combating homophobia in sport...
  • Study: NZ athletes most likely to hide sexuality
    A study into homophobia in sport has found gay and bi New Zealand athletes are more likely to hide their sexuality than those from five other major English speaking nations...

Sat 10 May 2014

  • Confessions From The Dance Floor– Family
    Links: Express
  • Digging Deep – Urge Bar
    Links: Express
  • Gay Ways to Avoid Eurovision
    Links: Express
  • Glitterbox: Emergency Services – Toast Bar Downstairs
    Links: Express
  • Laughing With Drag Queens – Legend Bar and Night Club
    Links: Express
  • MTV VJ Announcement party – Fort Street
    Links: Express
  • Win a Trip to Hawaii Draw Three – POP on Ponsonby
    Links: Express
  • Abuse of Trust Pt 3: Victims ignored
    Abuse of trust: Pt 1 - The trap Abuse of trust: Pt 2 - The assaults Silipa Take At the time of the first formalised accusation of sexual assault by counsellor Silipa Take in 2009, the NZAF's Wellington Awhina Centre was operating without a full-time manager...
  • Baptists to consider gay marriage stance
    File Photo New Zealand's Baptist Churches have set up a working party to look at their stance on same-sex marriages...
  • Beijing police detain nine gay activists
    Beijing police have detained as many as nine civil society activists meeting for a seminar to discuss obstacles facing gay groups wishing to register as non-governmental organisations in China...
  • Darwin's AsiaPacific Outgames ready to roll
    The Darwin AsiaPacific Outgames will burst into life with an opening ceremony tonight...
  • EEO's Diversity Awards open for entries
    Overwatch was the big winner in 2013 The Equal Employment Opportunity Trust is calling for entries for its annual Diversity Awards...

Fri 10 May 2013

  • "Discrimination has to stop," McD's protest hears
    Sean Bailey at tonight's protest Small, vocal protests have been held in Auckland and Wellington to support McDonald's worker Sean Bailey who was told by a manager he'd be disciplined if he 'acted gay'...
  • HRC investigating lesbian couple's lodge complaint
    The Pilgrim Planet Lodge The Human Rights Commission is looking into the case of a lesbian couple who were turned away from a Whangarei lodge by its owner, who told them a gay couple sharing a bed offended her religious beliefs...
  • Lesbian couple denied shared bed at lodge
    The Pilgram Planet Lodge in Whangarei An engaged lesbian couple say they are shocked and humiliated after being denied a pre-booked room at a Whangarei lodge, where one of the owners said allowing them to share a bed would offend her religious beliefs...
  • Lodge owner: "we don't make provision for sodomy"
    Pilgrim Planet Lodge The owners of a Whangarei lodge claim they have a right to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, because the lodge is also their home...
  • Man with NZ links arrested over UK killing
    Ricardo Pisano A man who escaped from a New Zealand prison more than a decade ago has been arrested in Britain over the murder of a man he was seeing...
  • MP wants to "sell New Zealand to homosexuals"
    Maurice Williamson MP Government MP Maurice Williamson says he will only appear on  the internationally screened Ellen TV chat show if the subject of the interview is New Zealand as a gay-friendly country...
  • Pair of queer protests ordered at McDonald's
    The Queer Avengers' protest graphic Protests will be held in Auckland and Wellington today in response to a McDonald’s manager telling a staff member to ‘act’ less gay...
  • Rankin made CEO of anti-gay Conservatives
    Former Work and Income New Zealand CEO and Dancing With The Stars contestant Christine Rankin has been announced as the new CEO of the Conservative Party...

Thu 10 May 2012

  • Ray Taylor - HIV support in Christchurch (Christchurch)
    Ray Taylor talks about the history of HIV+ support groups in Canterbury
    Features: Ray Taylor
  • Gay HIV+ group 'sad and angry' at child's treatment
    Bruce Kilmister says the case makes him sad and angry The head of an organisation which supports HIV+ gay men says the response to a HIV+ child at a Whangarei daycare is not uncommon, and shows while science and medication have revolutionised the treatment and care of people living with HIV, unfortunately social stigma and discrimination have remained much as where they were 20 years ago...
  • Metro Fires ad: complaints extingushed
    Complaints that a Metro Fires ad featuring “two women wearing skimpy nighties and touching each other on a couch,” was “a bit raunchy” to be shown during in the news hour has been dismissed...
  • No "clamour" for gay marriage, Key claims
    John Key at the Big Gay Out Prime Minister John Key has told media he believes there is no demand for marriage equality in New Zealand...
  • Obama supports marriage equality
    US President Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage in a TV interview...
  • US: Against Me! singer comes out as trans
    Singer from American punk rock band Against Me! Tom Gabel has revealed plans to begin living as a woman, after dealing privately with gender dysphoria for years...
  • US: Obama backs marriage equality
    US President Barack Obama has declared his support for marriage equality, potentially making the issue a key battleground at the upcoming election...

Tue 10 May 2011

  • 8 Simple Reasons To See Jeffrey
    Next week, Number 8 Films is hosting a revival screening of the classic 90s gay comedy JEFFREY at Galatos on Thursday May 19, 7pm...
  • Hearings underway on “kill the gays” bill
    A Ugandan Parliament committee has held a second day of hearings on a globally-condemned anti-gay bill and it could be voted on this week...
  • Urge warming up for winter with brain workout
    Calling all intellectual bears ...

Mon 10 May 2010

  • Feminist Queer Book Group (Wellington)
    George Mapplebeck talks about the Feminist Queer Book Group in Wellington.
    Features: George Mapplebeck
  • Carmen to judge the seventh QWU pageant
    Carmen Rupe The seventh Queen of the Whole Universe pageant will feature Carmen as a guest judge...
  • QWU's crowning glory
    Jonathan Smith has raised $145,000 for HIV/AIDS charities and set a Guinness World record with his madcap beauty pageant Queen of the Whole Universe...
  • The Tasman Gulf?
    Australia is currently the only advanced western society to have legislative prohibitions in place against same-sex marriage proper...

Sun 10 May 2009

  • Drag queen website "a danger to kids"
    A new website aimed at drag queens and their fans has come under fire from a family group who are worried that the site normalises gay sex and dressing in drag...
  • Gok Wan to visit NZ for a Kiwi fashion fix
    Gay UK television fashionista Gok Wan will visit New Zealand for a party this month, reports the Herald on Sunday...

Sat 10 May 2008

  • The documentary Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses premieres (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Links: Production website
  • ACT passes scaled-down Civil Unions Bill
    The Australian Capital Territory has passed a water-down version of a bill which creates civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, but without a provision that would allow for couples to have ceremonies after the federal government it would veto the bill if the section remained in the legislation...
  • Candlelight: "Never Give Up, Never Forget"
    Candlelight Memorials in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill will bring together communities hardest hit by HIV and AIDS for the 25th Anniversary of the Candlelight Memorial on Sunday 18 May...
  • The Glamazons' new video footage stolen
    Wellington's drag troupe The Glamazons are "in major panic mode" after footage from their new video - which they say is their most ambitious yet - has been stolen...

Thu 10 May 2007

  • (Safe) Sex and the City: Helping stop HIV in Wellington
    Chris Sibley has been doing health promotion among men who have sex with men for almost three years...
  • AUS: Asylum seeker
    A Pakistani man seeking asylum in Australia has been denied refugee status...
  • Christian Heritage? I Thought It Was Dead!
    Bishop of Bling Brian Tamaki and his Destiny Church minions are planning yet another march, this time to protest the government's praiseworthy statement of religious freedom and pluralism, the Draft Statement on Religious Diversity...
  • Gay Melburnian enters Big Brother house
    A Melbourne gay man who won a competition to be an Australian ‘Big Brother' housemate entered the house last night and instantly revealed his sexual orientation to the housemates and TV audience...
  • Urge boys raise cash for men
    The boys from New Zealand's only all-male gay bar give money away today for safe sex awareness campaigns, and say they now plan to raise more cash – this time for prostate cancer...

Wed 10 May 2006

  • "R18" setback for Jack mag
    A decision by Whitcoulls to require R18 stickers on the first issue of Jack magazine to be sold over the counter has delayed distribution of the publication's first charged-for issue in the nationwide chain by at least two weeks...
  • NZ Anglicans split on gay issues
    Maori and Pacific Island Anglicans are refusing to openly discuss the ordination of gays and lesbians, at the Anglican General Synod, which began in Christchurch yesterday...
  • Urge hosts 1st Bear competition
    The first ever Mr Urge Bear contest was held at Urge Bar in Auckland on Saturday night, with contestants collecting $800 in just 40 minutes for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Body Positive...

Tue 10 May 2005

  • Bias accusations in Fiji sex case
    There are calls for Fiji's chief prosecutor to step down from the appeal of an Australian tourist and a local man jailed on gay sex charges, after an email in which he condemned homosexuality was made public...
  • Calls for Peron "marching orders"
    Calls for gay Auckland bookstore owner and immigrant Jim Peron to be tossed out of the country have been renewed today by NZ First leader Winston Peters...
  • Parents shut out in civil unions
    There's not much in the Civil Union Act for parents, says lesbian mum Susan Iverson...

Mon 10 May 2004

  • Destiny weighs in on civil unions
    Destiny NZ, the political arm of the evangelical Destiny Church, has lent its voice to the civil union-bashing brigade when it unveiled key policies at a public meeting in Nelson this weekend...
  • Maxim v the Christian Right Old Guard?
    One can now witness a schism between the Maxim Institute's use of conservative Catholic "natural law" and rank and vile "old guard" fundamentalist ravings about the Civil Union Bill and same-sex parenting...
  • Mike Hosking quashes gay rumours
    Former TV host Mike Hosking has quashed rumours that he had an affair with real estate agent Michael Boulgaris this week, saying he has never met the man...
  • Outspoken: Facing the facts of HIV III
    The rate of HIV infections in New Zealand increased dramatically last year with a total of 188 people in New Zealand diagnosed with HIV last year, the highest number of new cases in any year since 1985...

Fri 10 May 1991

  • Television news report: a Christchurch philanthropist offers refunds on empty packets of condoms (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Michael Sherry wants to promote safe sex by offering refunds on empty packets of condoms. Nightline, ref F104366.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fri 10 May 1985

  • Television news report: everyone in Queensland that has received a blood transfusion in the last two years will be screened for AIDS (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F81430.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: anti-homosexual law reform petition gains half a million signatures (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP135187.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 10 May 1983

  • Television news report: AIDS has reached Australia, and could arrive in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP19266.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: urgent measures are being taken to keep AIDS out of New Zealand (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP15983.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Wed 10 May 1933

  • Mobs of Nazi supporters burn books, including those taken from the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Germany)
    The burning of books happens throughout Germany. Most notable is the book burning by students in Berlin's Opernplatz of over 25,000 volumes.
    Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

Tue 10 May 1910

  • Composer Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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