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Tue 31 May 2022

  • Mike Heron appointed chair of appeal panel for Gary Lawson homophobia complaint
    The cycling reviewer will now chair the panel hearing the appeal by Blackjack Gary Lawson over a finding of homophobic abuse...
    Links: Stuff
  • Mike Heron to chair appeal panel for Gary Lawson homophobia complaint
    Cycling reviewer Mike Lawson, QC, will now lead the panel hearing the appeal by Blackjack Gary Lawson over a finding of homophobic abuse...
    Links: Stuff
  • Australia: First-Time Green MP Credits Risqué Grindr and Queer Media Campaign...
    Links: Express

Mon 31 May 2021

  • Programme Announcement - The Lfest Lesflicks Film Festival Returns In July 2021
    The LFEST Lesflicks Film Festival returns in 2021 from 9-11 July 2021...
    Links: Scoop
  • Rival weightlifter speaks out against Laurel Hubbard at Tokyo Olympics
    Belgian says prospect of Kiwi transgender athlete competing at Olympics "like a bad joke" for female competitors...
    Links: Stuff
  • 2 x Double Passes to RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Tour
    Links: Express
  • Michelle Visage: Category Is, New Jersey Realness
    Links: Express

Sun 31 May 2020

  • From 'one queen to another' - Georgina Beyer recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
    Georgina Beyer, the world's first transgender MP and mayor, honoured for services to the rainbow community...
    Links: Stuff
  • World's first openly transexual MP 'humbled' by Queen's Birthday Honour
    The world's first transgender mayor and MP has been awarded for her services to the LGBTQI community...
    Links: RNZ
  • World's first openly transgender MP 'humbled' by Queen's Birthday Honour
    The world's first transgender mayor and MP has been awarded for her services to the LGBTQI community...
    Links: RNZ

Fri 31 May 2019

  • Destiny Church to hold LGBT event
    Destiny Church has invited members of the LGBT community to an event church leader Brian Tamaki is calling "the first step in a new relationship between our communities"...
    Links: RNZ
  • UN health agency drops gender identity disorder as diagnosis
    A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops ‘gender identity disorder’, as official diagnosis ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Chiefs to Play in Opening Game of Super Rugby’s First Pride...
    Links: Express
  • GAY PORN STARS, BALLS AND BABIES
    Links: Express
  • Musical Theatre Unleashed
    Links: Express
  • So Many Queens, So Little Time
    Links: Express

Thu 31 May 2018

  • Chile's Supreme Court approves gender registration change
    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile's Supreme Court has approved a transgender person's request to change their name and registered gender without reassignment surgery...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Pipiri / June 2018
    Kia ora and welcome to our Pipiri update...
    Links: Lesbian News Aotearoa
  • 2 x Tickets to RNZB’s Dancing With Mozart
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to SILO’s HIR
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to the World Press Photo Exhibition
    Links: Express
  • Basement: A gentlemen’s tea room and more…
    Links: Express
  • Hall or Nothing
    Links: Express
  • Hottie: Jack Sexsmith
    Links: Express
  • New express Publisher – A New Beginning
    Links: Express
  • PrEP and Undetectable – What Does It Mean?
    Links: Express

Wed 31 May 2017

  • GayNZ.com ends (New Zealand)
    Based in Auckland, GayNZ.com was a daily news and features website. It also had forums, an event calendar, scene photographs, business listings and personal ads. Many of the articles have been archived online by multiple sites. A new website with the same name was launched in 2019.
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Pipiri / June 2017
    Kia ora and welcome to our Pipiri update...
    Links: Lesbian News Aotearoa
  • Call of the Wild!
    Links: Express
  • Family’s Oceania Pride Aotearoa Fundraiser
    Links: Express
  • Gay Porn Star Comes Out as HIV Positive in Inspiring Video
    Links: Express
  • Manon Lescaut: One Night Only
    Links: Express
  • People: Mary Haddock-Staniland
    Links: Express
  • Ponsonby Fundraiser for Manchester Victims
    Links: Express

Tue 31 May 2016

  • Getting to the Bottom of It
    Links: Express
  • The Not-so-Jolly Roger
    Links: Express
  • "Homophobia has become an accepted part of sports.”
    Today, the leading sports organisations of New Zealand have announced they are coming together to encourage diversity and inclusion across all sports, including addressing homophobia, something LGBTI sports event organiser Craig Watson says has become an accepted part of sports...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HPV funding a “big step forward” for gay and bi men
    Pharmac has announced a proposal to fund human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for males aged 26 years and younger, a “big step forward” for gay and bisexual men says Dr Peter Saxton who also calls for an extension of this age range for the demographic...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • In response to Peter Wells
    I read Peter Wells' piece on his memories of pre-law reform days with great interest but without recognising my own experience...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Trumpwreck?
    What might happen if Donald Trump ends up heavily losing the US election due to a fractured Republican Party? Particularly to religious social conservatism? Religious social conservatives are divided about Donald Trump...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 31 May 2015

  • Jac Lynch- Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    Photographer Jac Lynch talks about the Butch on Butch photographic project.
    Features: Jac Lynch
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Female Hottie: Sharyn Casey
    Links: Express
  • NZ Opera’s La Cenerentola Debut
    Links: Express
  • Opinion: Green Party Misses Historic Opportunity
    Links: Express
  • HIV and AIDS - The Earliest Days, Pt.2
    In part one of this feature, taken from a speech given by Dr Rod Ellis Pegler, the first NZ infectious diseases specialist to be confronted by the HIV epidemic amongst gay and bisexual men, he recalled the period leading up to the emergence of AIDS in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamaki back to whipping up homophobia
    Signs of a thaw in Destiny Church's homophobia have come to nothing Less than a year after claiming gay people are welcome at his church, Brian Tamaki is back whipping up anti-gay fervour...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 May 2014

  • Changes at World’s Top Feminist Website
    Links: Express
  • Does Treatment As Prevention Work?
    Links: Express
  • The Pop Bangers That Imploded: A+ (USA)
    Links: Express
  • Review: Whore
    Whore offers a raw look at life on the streets through the real stories of Auckland sex workers, and it will open your eyes and maybe break your heart a little...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Day of Silence coming to NZ schools
    The queer straight alliance network is bringing a national edition of The Day of Silence, a campaign against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, to New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 31 May 2013

  • Hauiti: "Happy, pleased and proud"
    “I know it’s a cliché, but it is such an honour and a privilege to be part of John Key’s Government and to be in Parliament – it’s such a historical place...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nigeria progresses harsh anti-gay law
    Goodluck Jonathan Nigeria’s House of Representatives has passed a bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organisations supporting gay rights...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Singapore moving to ban gay web content
    Singapore has announced it will enforce censorship rules banning gay content from websites, by introducing a licensing system...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sneak peek: "All You Need is Love"
    An Auckland bridal fashion design company has a ground-breaking new campaign on the way, which features a real lesbian couple...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Williamson rules out Auckland mayoralty bid
    The MP known for his infamous ‘big gay rainbow’ speech has decided against running for Auckland Mayor...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 31 May 2012

  • "It's 2012. Not acceptable" - US Ambassador
    David Huebner The US Ambassador to New Zealand David Huebner has expressed disgust at an attack which left a gay Auckland teenager unconscious in a gutter...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mourning Miles family refutes homophobia claims
    Hayden Miles In the wake of the sentencing of a former ‘friend’ of slain teenager Hayden Miles, his family is rejecting the bitter allegations of intolerance and homophobia it’s faced since the gay 15-year-old disappeared last August...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • On behalf of Hayden Miles "who we all miss"
    Hayden Miles Amidst the nightmare of losing a loved young family member, Hayden Miles’ relatives have been faced with bitter allegations of intolerance in regards to his sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Roller derby bout raises cash for Q-Topia
    Above: Pink Slamingo (Kaylee Ackroyd) and Buzzy Bee-arch (Michelle McConnell) hand over the cheque to Marissa from Q-topia Christchurch Otautahi Roller Derby League has raised more than $3,500 for Christchurch queer youth group Q-Topia from a ‘Rainbow Spite’ bout on February...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The GC's 'prince' an alleged fraudster
    Morehu-Barlow TV series The GC has had a brush with Queensland’s alleged gay fraudster Joel (Hohepa) Morehu-Barlow, with female friends of gay cast member Alby Waititi trying to set him up on a date with him...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 31 May 2011

  • Green Party ranks two out candidates in top ten
      Jan Logie as at number nine on the Green Party list The Green Party is hoping to double the number of out MPs in its Parliamentary ranks in the November election, with two openly-gay candidates in the top ten...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 31 May 2010

  • Frustration at coverage of Malawi couple
    Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga Trans groups across the globe are expressing anger and frustration at the coverage of the Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza case in Malawi...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Historic gay businesses close doors
    The Anzac Ave building A chapter in New Zealand's gay history has ended, with the closure of the Westside Sauna and Out Bookshop in downtown Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Liberation set to heat up Christchurch
    A new gay dance party is being launched in Christchurch this Queen's Birthday Weekend, with promoters predicting the mixture of lighting, effects and music will make it one of a kind event for the community...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • One woman's drive against hate
    Out Takes Review: Fagbug Dir: Erin Davies USA 2008 83mins Erin Davies with her spraypainted VW Beetle There are many ways to deal with hatred being thrown at you...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Out Takes guide: Monday - Thursday
    Hereis the daily film schedule for the final three days of Out Takes in Auckland and opening night in Wellington: Monday May 31 6:30pm - Eyes Wide Open Hugely controversial on its release in Israel, this is a gay love story set in the heart of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 31 May 2009

  • 'HIV predator' case may mean law change
    The case of a 40-year-old man accused of infecting several other men with HIV may lead to a law change, after health officials now reveal they were informed about him several months ago but due to "patient confidentiality" could not inform the police...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • VIDEO: Getting yourself tested
    Steven Oates went along to the NZ AIDS Foundation's Burnett Centre to get a free and fast HIV test...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 May 2008

  • 10 states ask California to delay gay nuptials
    The attorneys general of ten US states are urging the California Supreme Court to delay finalizing its ruling to legalize same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch and AKL: Two tribute nights for Bambi
    The late Darren Taylor, also known as drag diva favourite Bambi Slut, will be honoured in Christchurch tonight and in Auckland in mid-June with special nights of shows...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obituary: Darren Taylor, AKA Bambi Slut
    Bambi on a night out (in Dior, naturally!) We remember a prima drag diva, lip-syncher extraordinaire, fashion stylist, beloved brother, cherished sister and fabulous friend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Weekend of talks and shows for Agender Chch
    A conference in Christchurch for all transgender people, their partners and supporters to meet and network will feature fun workshops, exciting guest speakers and world class entertainment, say the organisers at Agender Christchurch...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 31 May 2007


  • A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Imerst stage set for
    The team at Imerst nightclub say they're “well and truly prepared” for their inaugural Miss Drag Wellington Competition this Saturday evening...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Melbourne
    Melbourne's inaugural gay and lesbian multi-sport event, the ‘Asia Pacific Outgames' is planned to take place between 30th January to 3rd February, 2008, organisers have announced...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 31 May 2006

  • A grand Glamz! opening in Hamilton
    Glamorous gender-bending cabaret has arrived in Hamilton with the arrival of Glamz! Cabaret Restaurant and Bar...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Bad Girls Behind Bars
    Review: Bad Girls Behind Bars Dir: Sharon Zurek USA, 2005, Beta SP This would have been more fun with more people there...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Filthy Gorgeous - The Trannyshack Story
    Review: Filthy Gorgeous - The Trannyshack Story Dir: Sean Mullens USA, 2005, Beta SP, 84mins This is an arty flic about some very arty people...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mariscos Beach
    Review: Mariscos Beach Dir: Oliver Ducastel France, 2004, 35mm, 93mins French with English subtitles Well, Christmas holidays at Red Beach were nothing like this! This ultra-wicked French comedy drew a big audience tonight (nearly two theatres full) and deservedly so...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club
    Review: Original Pride - The Satyrs Motorcycle Club Dir: Scott Bloom USA, 2005, Beta SP, 56mins This is a touching little doco about some old gay bikers saying over and over again how wonderful their old gay bikers club is...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • OutTakes now concerned about Fiji prize
    The OutTakes gay film festival says when it decided to make its now controversial prize offer of a trip to Fiji it did so on the understanding that the Fiji High Court had removed legal impediments to homosexual sex between consenting adults...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • OutTakes: Indeed, people can choose not to go
    Ever since Out Takes started, I have always gone to watch many of the films on offer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • OutTakes: Indeed, people can choose not to go
    Ever since Out Takes started, I have always gone to watch many of the films on offer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The ethical and research flaws of "Reparative Therapy"
    In today's Scoop, Family Life International (a conservative Catholic pressure group) cites the work of the antigay organisation NARTH (National Association for Research and Treatment of Homosexuality) to present long-discredited propaganda about 'changeable' gay sexual orientation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • When I'm 64
    Review: When I'm 64 Dir: Jon Jones UK, 2004, BetaSP...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 31 May 2005

  • Being gay and coming out
    All was not as it appeared at a recent "coming out" show at Otago University, which held more than a few surprises for the gays and lesbians who attended, including the presence of a well-known Christian activist...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 31 May 2004

  • 'Screaming Queens'
    Susan Stryker The GLBT Historical Society of Northern California is a formidable resource, the second-largest collection of GLBT-related material in the world...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Latter Days
    LATTER DAYS Dir: C J Cox, USA, 2003, 35mm, 110mins Well, the Mormons didn't like this one too much...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 May 2003

  • Bar owner "not guilty" of drug/sex allegations
    47-year-old Auckland gay restaurant owner Philip Sturm has pleaded not guilty to charges of drugs and sexual offending at the conclusion of hearings in the Auckland District Court...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 May 1975

  • Television comedy: a skit sending up Patricia Bartlett (New Zealand)
    Dean on Saturday, ref TZP6108.
    Links: TVNZ

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