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Mon 17 May 2021

  • Rainbow community flags are flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington, New Zealand)
    This year, for the first time ever, five flags are flown: the Transgender, Rainbow, Progress Pride, Bisexual and Intersex flags. They're flown to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia. This is the first time the Progress Pride flag is flown. Unlike Gilbert Baker's Rainbow flag, the Progress Pride flag is copyrighted by its creator Daniel Quasar.
  • French rugby gives green light to transgender women
    Ground-breaking move as French federation goes against World Rugby recommendations...
    Links: Stuff
  • Laurel Hubbard - lifting for history
    Laurel Hubbard is a reluctant trailblazer, a pioneer for transgender women - but all she wants to do is lift weights...
    Links: RNZ
  • Over Half Of LGBTQI Students In Europe Bullied In School: UNESCO
    More than one in two LGBTQI students in Europe have suffered bullying based on their sexuality, the UN educational, cultural and scientific body ( UNESCO ) said on Monday, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Anita Wigl’it’s Prince Andrew Joke Censored by BBC
    Links: Express
  • Convicted Rich Listed Bizarrely Breaks Own Name Suppression
    Links: Express
  • Doctor Who Removes John Barrowman Amid Allegations He Exposed Himself to...
    Links: Express
  • Drag Race Down Under Announces NZ Tour
    Links: Express

Sun 17 May 2020

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held online (New Zealand)
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical gatherings are cancelled and memorial services and messages are placed online.
    Links: Body Positive
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is marked (New Zealand)
  • IDAHOT: NGO Coalition On Human Rights Calls For Protection Of LGBTQI Rights
    Today marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia...
    Links: Scoop

Fri 17 May 2019

  • The annual anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) are marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
  • The NZ AIDS Foundation rails against Israel Folau with the #unfolau social media campaign (New Zealand)
    The campaign coincides with the annual Pink Shirt Day and IDAHOBIT. The NZAF says on social media "Homophobic comments have real, harmful effects on us. If you support the rainbow community, share this and #UnFolau anyone who thinks homophobia is free speech. Anyone who wants to share their beliefs otherwise, there is a certain bigot we can think of that might care to listen. Your comments will be deleted as we will #UnFolau you." The campaign met with mixed reaction, with some users describing it as bullying itself.
    Links: Facebook
  • ANZASW observes the International Day Against Homophobia
    Today, we celebrate sexual and gender diversity in our communities and welcome the fact that more people than ever are free to identify their gender and love whom they choose...
    Links: Scoop
  • Gay sex scenes are rare in Hollywood. Will Elton John biopic Rocketman be a game-changer?
    Fearing their scenes would end up on the cutting room floor, Rocketman stars Taron Egerton and Richard Madden campaigned for months to have their man-on-man sex depictions kept in the movie...
    Links: Stuff
  • Taiwan is first country in Asia to endorse same-sex marriage
    Taiwan's legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Towards a Fiji that respects and protects human rights
    NGO Coalition on Human Rights in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia today...
    Links: Scoop
  • The Day Dad Came Out to Me: express Talks With Carolyn...
    Links: Express

Thu 17 May 2018

  • IDAHOBIT 2018 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the IDAHOBIT flag raising ceremony held at Parliament. The event marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia
    Features: Andrew Falloon, Bella Simpson, Brendan McBryde, Brody Leathem, Chris Bishop, Jan Logie, Jem Traylen, Kura Moeahu, Lola Elle Bellamy-Hill, Louisa Wall, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Nicola Willis, Taine Polkinghorne, Tim Barnett, Tiwhanawhana
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • The Human Rights Commission joins with the Rainbow NZ Parliamentary Network to commit to twice-yearly community hui (New Zealand)
    Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said "these hui will alternate between Auckland and Wellington every six months, providing a space for the community's voices to be heard by Rainbow leaders in Parliament."
    Links: Human Rights Commission
  • The transgender, bisexual, intersex and rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The flags are flown to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This is also the first time in the world where the intersex flag has been flown in front of the seat of government.
    Links: PrideNZ.com, Human Rights Commission, Stuff.co.nz
  • Aussie relationship expert receives death threats after nappy-change consent claims on TV
    A sexuality expert who sparked outrage when she said parents should ask for their babies' permission before changing their nappies has now been the target of death threats...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Beirut Pride week cancelled after police detain organiser
    The organiser of a gay pride week in Lebanon says authorities have forced him to cancel the remaining events...
    Links: RNZ
  • International day against homophobia and transphobia
    Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia...
    Links: Scoop
  • Parliament flies rainbow flag
    Parliament is flying a rainbow flag today in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia...
    Links: RNZ
  • New Netflix Series ‘AJ and the Queen’ to Star RuPaul
    Links: Express

Wed 17 May 2017

  • IDAHOBIT 2017 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from the IDAHOBIT event held at Parliament. The panel presentation marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia
    Features: Bella Simpson, Elizabeth Kerekere, George Coulton, Grant Robertson, Jack Byrne, Jan Logie, Jem Traylen, Kevin Haunui, Louisa Wall, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Moana Eruera, Nicola Willis, Peter Dunne, Richard Tankersley, Tabby Besley, Tiwhanawhana
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Chelsea Manning is released from US military prison (United States of America)
    Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst, was released after serving seven years in a US military prison for passing on classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama just before he left office.
  • The rainbow flag is flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The rainbow flag is flown for the second time at Parliament to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia (the first time the flag flew was on 6 July 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform)
  • Big Bang Theory Star Marries Partner
    Links: Express
  • Prudes, Sluts, Users, And The Used
    Links: Express
  • New mental health publication seeks submissions
    Sexuality and gender diverse people who wish to share their perspective of life with mental illness are being sought for a new publication...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Trans behind bars: Tama's story, Pt 2
    This is part two of Tama's story...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Vicki Letele dies in hospital
    Vicki Letele died in hospital on Monday night surrounded by family...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 May 2016

  • Mobilising Change One Pink Shirt at a Time
    Links: Express
  • RHPS Remake: Rocky Horror or Rocky Horrible?
    Links: Express
  • Communities and people will end HIV in NZ
    The following is a speech by outgoing NZ AIDS Foundation Executive Director Shaun Robinson delivered on Sunday at the HIV Candlelight Memorial remembrance service...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lebanese activists protest laws that criminalise LGBTI
    Fifty activists have protested in Lebanon, demanding that laws criminalising homosexuality as “against nature”, be repealed...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 May 2015

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
    Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - University of Waikato Chapel), Wellington (12pm - Te Papa), Christchurch (6pm - Richmond Neighbourhood Cottage) and Invercargill (2pm - Knox Church)
    Links: Body Positive
  • Luxembourg PM Makes History in Marrying Partner
    Links: Express
  • Bondage book error has author in stitches
    An author of a humorous book about a pair of gay penguins, which shows them in bondage gear, says his laughter can probably be heard all the way to the South Pole, after a copy was accidentally ordered by a Canterbury pre-school...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV and AIDS - The Earliest days, Pt 1.
    Retired Infectious Diseases specialist Rod Ellis-Pegler recalls the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as it moved from ignorance to fear to death and crept inexorably through our national community of gay and bisexual men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV and AIDS - The Earliest days, Pt 1.
    Retired Infectious Diseases specialist Rod Ellis-Pegler recalls the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as it moved from ignorance to fear to death and crept inexorably through our national community of gay and bisexual men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kirby urges museum of glbti oppression
    Justice Kirby (r) with HIV-positive people's advocate Bruce Kilmister A prominent Australian jurist and international activist against HIV infection and oppression of glbti people has warned against thinking that successes against HIV and improvements in the social and legal status of some mean the fight for better lives is over...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP: Fight HIV stigma within our communities
    The Glamafones and Ti Whanawhana perform Gay MP Grant Robertson has this afternoon warned the gay communities of the danger of complacency in the face of the on-going fight against HIV infection and challenged the communities to do more to support those living with HIV...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pamphlet was about exposing extreme views
    UPDATED: A Christchurch high school has explained a pamphlet it used in sex ed class saying "death and hell" awaits those having gay sex was supposed to be used to highlight an extreme view of religious opinion...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US Ambassador to NZ marks IDAHOT
    In the footsteps of openly-gay US Ambassador to New Zealand, meet his successor Mark Gilbert, who has recorded a special message for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - known as IDAHOT...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 May 2014

  • Express introduces… Tommy Bradson
    Links: Express
  • Famously Fabulous – Family
    Links: Express
  • Sexy Sleaze – Urge Bar
    Links: Express
  • Win a Trip to Hawaii Final Draw – POP on Ponsonby
    Links: Express
  • Falcons score major sponsorship deal
    Back: Adrian Yee-Joy and Carl Fergusson of ASB...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Greens pair to address Akl gathering
    The Green Party’s rainbow issues representatives, MPs Kevin Hague and Jan Logie, will share their party’s vision for New Zealand at a  pre-election gathering for the glbti community in Auckland tonight...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Helen Clark on IDAHOT
    Former NZ PM and current administrator of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark has put out a powerful statement to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Helen Clark The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia provides an opportunity to reaffirm that the rights of LGBT people are a matter of concern to all of us working on human development...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 May 2013

  • Carlson new mum to "happy and healthy" baby
    Urzila Carlson is a new mum Comedian Urzila Carlson and her partner Julie have welcomed a new baby girl...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Clark makes powerful statement to mark IDAHO
    Administrator of the UN’s Development Programme Helen Clark has lauded New Zealand’s marriage equality progress, while making it clear there is still much to be done worldwide...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Family Planning offers another helpful resource
    Family Planning has released a new resource for young women thinking about their sexual identity, to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Goff ups ante over Hughes' death suppression
    Phil Goff MP Phil Goff has asked the Chief Ombudsman and the Chief Coroner to have the suppressed reports into a gay soldier's suicide and the Defence Force shortcomings he says they reveal made public...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Helen Clark: “so much remains to be done”
    Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and our former Prime Minister, has made a powerful statement on GLBT rights to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Creating a safe and equal future for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people Last month, my country, New Zealand, became the thirteenth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first in the Asia-Pacific region...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP Goff ups pressure over suppressed Army "shortcomings"
    Former Defence and Justice Minister Phil Goff has this week upped the ante and is vowing not to give up asking questions about the death of Corporal Dougie Hughes until he gets the answers the late soldier and his family deserve...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 May 2012

  • Johnny Croskery tribute (Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar)
    Audio from the tribute night to the late Johnny Croskery held at Scotty and Mals Cocktail and Lounge Bar in Wellington on 17 May 2012
    Features: Bill Logan, David Pankhurst, Des Smith, Kay Jones, Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Open-mindedness central in equality debate
    MPs from a cross-section of parties have shared their views on marriage equality, and a gentle and mostly positive debate on the issue on TVNZ7’s political show Back Benches...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • What are you so afraid of?
    Joseph Habgood from Legalise Love, a pro adoption and marriage equality group based in Wellington, delves into the myths being pushed by the anti-brigade, urging social conservatives to calm down and look at the situation rationally: “In every person’s life, there are a few wonderful moments when they feel the world change, quite substantially, for the better...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • What are you so afraid of?
    Joseph Habgood from Legalise Love, a pro adoption and marriage equality group based in Wellington, delves into the myths being pushed by the anti-brigade, urging social conservatives to calm down and look at the situation rationally: “In every person’s life, there are a few wonderful moments when they feel the world change, quite substantially, for the better...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 May 2011

  • A new future of pride and strength
    A larger than expected group turned out to discuss the idea, first publicly floated by Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye in February, that Auckland should have a glbt festival or event of some sort, akin to Sydney's Mardi Gras...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Meandering Jackboots?
    New Zealand 'neofascism' has spluttered back into life after racist anti-Asian leaflets were distributed in Auckland and Christchurch...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Police being 'thorough' with Hughes inquiry
    Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament after the complaint was laid Weeks after a complaint was laid, police are still investigating the allegations against former Labour MP Darren Hughes...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Straight rugby star to tackle homophobia
    Ben Cohen won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003 Rugby World Cup winning England back Ben Cohen is retiring from rugby to focus on his anti-homophobia and bullying foundation...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 17 May 2010

  • Analysis: Interesting Times
    Against widespread expectations, David Cameron's Tories and Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats have managed to secure a full coalition, so Cameron now becomes British Prime Minister from the deal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Census may become more trans-friendly
    Census guidelines may be changed so transgender people can record their new sex, instead of the gender they were born...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • GayNZ.com nominated for Qantas Media Award
    Glenn Mills GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 May 2009

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Gay Pride marchers arrested in Moscow
    Around twenty gay Slavic Pride protesters marching in central Moscow have been arrested by 'violent and oppressive' riot police...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP drafts Bill to repeal 'Gay Panic Defence'
    Gay Labour MP Charles Chauvel has drafted a Private Members' Bill to repeal the partial defence of provocation, sometimes dubbed the 'gay panic defence'...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ man offering gun plans to gay-haters
    An Auckland man is providing users of an anti-gay website with instructions on how to build a one-shot gun disguised as a pen...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 May 2008

  • AKL: Minister to open lesbian listening post
    As Minister of Archives and Libraries, Auckland Central's Labour MP Judith Tizard will cut the ribbon and play the first tape of the Charlotte Museum's new Herstory Listening Post next weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • California's gays will get marriage rights
    The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday thatProp 22 - the voter approved initiative used to block same-sex marriage - is unconstitutional...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch: Mole awards nices, Cruz awards vices
    Two very different awards ceremonies honoured a variety of gay Christchurchers last night, as special events during Pride Week continued to pack out the Garden City's LGBT venues...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • DeGeneres and de Rossi to wed in California
    Lesbian talkshow host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she and her girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi, plan to marry in California...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jodie Foster split with girlfriend, says tabloid
    Actress Jodie Foster - who publicly confirmed she is a lesbian at an awards ceremony last December - has split from her long-term girlfriend, claims an American gossip tabloid...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 May 2007

  • Anti-gay leaders named in
    Pope Benedict XVI, US President George W...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • LGBT lunchtime speakers invited to AUT
    Auckland University of Technology's LGBT Student Support Service is now holding lunchtime speaker sessions for staff and students interested in "queerying life over lunch...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ MPs mark Day Against Homophobia
    The Rainbow Caucus of the NZ Labour Party celebrates today as the International Day against Homophobia, and will continue to fight hate and discrimination in all its forms, says a statement today signed by all the Rainbow Labour MPs...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obituary: Rev. Jerry Falwell (1933-2007)
    Rev...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Revive the Electoral Integrity Act
    Former United Future New Zealand List MP Gordon Copeland has walked out of his caucus at protest over his former leader, Peter Dunne, who voted for Sue Bradford's anti-belting bill...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK: Events for Day Against Homophobia
    British MPs will support today's International Day Against Homophobia with a reception in Parliament this evening...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Court validates up to 200 gay unions
    A Massachusetts court has validated marriages for up to 200 gay and lesbian couples from New York who wed in Massachusetts between 2004 and 2006, clarifying a previous ruling that failed to acknowledge them...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 May 2006

  • Anti-Homophobia Day observed in NZ
    Rainbow Labour is urging Parliament to support transgender MP Georgina Beyer's gender identity legislation, and to continue to campaign globally for LGBT rights, as they mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Dunedin's Pit bar will not re-open
    Dunedin's main gay venue, The Pit bar, will not re-open after lease negotiations with its landlord failed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • History: Tuscan Heat
    In the fifteenth century, Florentine homosexual men were subject to growing, but not unanimous, disapproval during the Renaissance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New safe sex campaign aimed at couples
    Local singer/songwriter Carly Binding is throwing her support behind a new campaign to encourage condom use for gay male couples...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 May 2005

  • Hands across the Council Chamber
    Most of New Zealand's major cities have embraced their glbt communities and citizens with warmth and enthusiasm for years, if not decades...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Who killed Pier Paolo Pasolini?
    Pier Paolo Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was a cutting edge Italian gay communist film-maker of the sixties and seventies until his murder...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 17 May 2004

  • 'Evidence'... Don't judge a book by its cover!
    Don't judge a book by its cover – the old maxim (excuse the pun) may still be true...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Quiet confidence as CU bill nears first reading
    The campaign both for and against civil unions is gathering pace in the lead-up to the bill's first reading in Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US fundies attack NZ Civil Unions bill (Pt. 2)
    In the first part of this article [see under political comment - ed], I dealt with the impending threat that New Zealand lesbian and gay communities face from Focus on the Family, a predatory antigay US-based fundamentalist multinational corporation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US predator in NZ... who is this man?
    Bill Maier At the forthcoming Maxim Institute/Focus on the Family/United Future anti-civil union meetings throughout New Zealand, Focus on the Family (US)'s Bill Maier is billed as a keynote speaker...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 May 2003

  • Grief and commitment noted in AIDS messages
    Being proud as we grieve for people lost to HIV and their families, and a call to educate new generations safe sex commitments, are the themes of messages from the Governor General and Prime Minister on the eve of the AIDS Candlelight Memorial events...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 May 1998

  • The Red Ribbon (Wellington)
    A group of men reflect on why they wear the red ribbon
    Features: Calum Bennachie, Douglas Jenkin
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

Sun 17 May 1992

  • The 9th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
    Over 200 cities around the world participate, with New Zealand being the first country in the world to hold memorials.
    Links: Bay Area Reporter

Sun 17 May 1987

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
    The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) notes that memorials are held in at least four cities in New Zealand.
    Links: Bay Area Reporter
  • AIDS: The New Lepers is broadcast on TV1 (New Zealand)
    The documentary is followed by a panel discussion with health professionals in New Zealand plus excerpts from Australian and British TV campaigns. Interviewees include Betty Kill, Warren Lindberg, Dr Rod Ellis-Pegler and Dr David Skegg. Ref F58399 and F92709.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)

Fri 17 May 1985

  • Television: Gay Task Force and Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) are accidentally given space at Wellington Show (Wellington, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP8646.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Thu 17 May 1984

Wed 17 May 1978

  • An electrical fire occurs at Sun Sauna (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: WCC Archives

Mon 17 May 1976

  • Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
    Today at One, ref TZP3332.
    Links: TVNZ

Mon 17 May 1915

  • Music teacher John Leslie Lander pleads guilty to committing an unnatural offence (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Lander was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 10-years hard labour on a charge of indecent assault. He was imprisoned in New Plymouth Prison. Lander had earlier been the primary witness in the trial of bootmaker and vocalist Alexander Edward McGurk (34). He hadn't himself been charged until the NZ Truth began reporting on the incident. McGurk would later "peach" (inform) on Lander. Gordon James Cunninghame (18) would also testify. Lander was described by the NZ Truth as a dainty-looking "chappie" and the willing victim of the offence. Justice Chapman observed that "the prisoner was not a safe man to be at large in a free community." Lander would later die in jail.
    Links: Papers Past (1), Papers Past (2), Papers Past (3)

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