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Fri 12 Jun 2020

  • Black Gay Porn Star Speaks Out About Daily Racism In Industry
    Links: Express
    Links: Express
  • Interview: Queer Author Philip Stamper
    Links: Express
  • Study: Older People More LGBT+ Friendly Than Millennial Men 
    Links: Express
  • World leaders and Grammy Award-winners among line-up for online Global Pride...
    Links: Express

Wed 12 Jun 2019

  • Botswana decriminalises gay sex in landmark Africa case
    Jubilant activists in packed courtroom cheer as judges reject jail sentence for gay sex in landmark case for Africa...
    Links: Stuff
  • Auckland Pride Announce New Director, Treasurer and Returning Chair
    Links: Express

Tue 12 Jun 2018

  • British police: LGBT fans at World Cup should obey local law
    DOMODEDOVO, Russia — The top British police officer working at the World Cup in Russia has suggested visiting LGBT fans should follow local laws which restrict how they can express their identity in public...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber for kissing by homophobic driver
    A lesbian couple claims to have been kicked out of their Uber ride by a homophobic driver because they shared a small kiss in the back seat...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express

Mon 12 Jun 2017

  • Facebook Releases Pride ‘Reaction’
    Links: Express

Sun 12 Jun 2016

  • 3.30am Mon: Shooter named, death toll now 50
    As the Orlando morning progresses friends and family gather nearby waiting for news...

Fri 12 Jun 2015

  • National Day of Silence Marked Today
    Links: Express
  • Nick Jonas Replaces Iggy Azalea as Pittsburg Pride’s Headline Act
    Links: Express
  • Students go silent in anti-bullying stand
    Today students across New Zealand have their mouths taped shut to draw attention to the silence surrounding homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools...

Thu 12 Jun 2014

  • Writer and activist Pat Rosier dies (New Zealand)
    Links: LILAC
  • Anna Paquin Rules!
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: A Touch of Laos in Mt Eden
    Links: Express
  • Game Of Throne’s Bad Ass Tom-boy!
    Links: Express
  • Health and Education Wellness Day
    Links: Express
  • The shine and misery of LGBT boycotts
    'Simple living' poster by Nadia Plesner New Zealand born Russell Crowe became a target of an enraged on-line gay community for his opposition to boycott a Beverley Hills hotel in Los Angeles...

Wed 12 Jun 2013

  • Whistle-blower humbled by wide support
    Hannah Spyksma is a Rainbow Youth volunteer The Aucklander who spoke out after being subject to homophobic abuse and harassment at an All Blacks game says she is “overwhelmed and humbled” by the support she has received...

Tue 12 Jun 2012

  • Same-sex marriage not needed, says Gillard
    Julia Gillard Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has used the fact she is not married as justification for her opposition to gay marriage...

Sat 12 Jun 2010

  • Gay marriage glides into law in Iceland
    Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir Iceland has changed its laws to allow gay marriage, in a vote that went through with no political resistance...

Fri 12 Jun 2009

  • Will the real Lady Gaga please stand up?
    A man is in the top ten finalists of a radio station Lady Gaga lookalike contest, which has angered a Timaru drag queen who is convinced she's a better match for the Poker Face singer...

Thu 12 Jun 2008

  • Norway's new gay marriage and adoption law
    Norway's parliament has adopted a new marriage law that allows homosexuals to marry and adopt children and permits lesbians to be artificially inseminated...

Tue 12 Jun 2007

  • USA: Pentagon sought to build
    The U...

Mon 12 Jun 2006

  • Philip Patston on
    I would hate to be labelled a precious and prissy queer trend critic but, alas, it seems my inaugural offering won me that exact title, which I have no option but to wear with pride...

Sun 12 Jun 2005

  • Sweet William: Shakespeare and sexual ambiguity
    Was William Shakespeare gay or bisexual, as we would understand the terms? Since his Sonnets first appeared, that has been the question within Shakespearean criticism...

Sat 12 Jun 2004

  • Maori society sex-positive before 1840
    Maori society was sex-positive and same-sex relationships were revered and respected before colonisation, says a prominent Maori academic...

Thu 12 Jun 2003

  • Range of groups benefit from GABA funding
    Eight organisations and community projects are to benefit from the latest round of funding from the GABA Charitable Trust, which totals over $12,000...

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