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Fri 17 Jun 2022

  • Kym Strathdee profile (Aura Hotel)
    Since the 1970s Kym Strathdee has photographed queer events and people around the world - including in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco
    Features: Kym Strathdee
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Christchurch Pride takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    The festival runs 17-28 June
    Links: Express
  • `Kill the gays': School's homophobic abuse is the tip of the iceberg
    OPINION: The problems our rainbow students face at secondary schools run far deeper than the scandals that make it to the headlines...
    Links: Stuff
  • 'Kill the gays': Homophobia alive and well in NZ during Pride month
    OPINION: An actress outed, a Pixar film boycotted, an LGBTQ youth centre burned, and Tauranga students badly bullied...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rainbow community call for support after 'act of terror'
    Support is pouring in for Tauranga’s queer community after a fire destroyed the city’s Rainbow Youth building in what some are calling an "act of terror"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Te Waonui a TMK for 19 JUNE 2022
    Fears of an equity disaster and long covid cases mount; The Abuse in Care inquiry examines state foster care; Ngai Tahu goes it alone on Whanau Ora; Making pride more inclusive; And, we mark Puanga...
    Links: RNZ

Thu 17 Jun 2021

  • Lonely life turned long-distance truck driver into 'sugar daddy', jury told
    "Full lesbian experience" in Christchurch was less than expected, he said...
    Links: Stuff
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern courts US to return to CPTPP
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is openly courting the United States to play a more active role in the Pacific and to re-join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) or even consider a bilateral trade deal...
    Links: NZ Herald

Wed 17 Jun 2020

  • Christchurch Pastor Delivers Bizarre Sermon Linking “Gutless” Bisexuals to Blackface
    Links: Express
  • Hannah Tamaki Targets Tamati Coffey
    Links: Express
  • New HIV Variant Showing Resistance to Antiretroviral Drugs
    Links: Express
  • The Woman Behind The Rainbow
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Jun 2019

  • 'I don't want a gay person doing my wedding': Bride refuses makeup artist
    A Texas bride-to-be has sparked outrage online after her response to a gay makeup artist were exposed...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • 'Whose approval are you seeking?': Israel Folau says he is seeking approval of God, not man
    Israel Folau has taken to social media again in the wake of his controversial take on gay and transgender people, claiming he seeks the approval of God, not man...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Israel Folau follows attack on gay and transgender people with new tweet
    Israel Folau says he is trying to please God not man with his actions...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau launches fresh attack on gay and transgender people
    He described homosexuality as a sin and claimed the devil was behind children being allowed to decide to change gender...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby: Israel Folau takes aim at transgender children and gays in sermon
    Rugby star Israel Folau has continued to criticise homosexuals while also targeting youths undergoing gender treatment during a sermon at his Sydney church on Sunday, according to reports...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • express Meets Rocketman Star Richard Madden: The New Bond?
    Links: Express
  • express Talks To Little Miss Cinnamon and Lilly Loudmouth
    Links: Express
  • Folau Back At It Again With New Anti-LGBTI Attack
    Links: Express
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Attempts To Justify Execution of Homosexuals With “Morality”
    Links: Express
  • Taylor Swift Surprises Fans With Performance At New York’s Historic Stonewall...
    Links: Express

Sun 17 Jun 2018

  • Amazing story behind the royal family's first gay wedding
    Lord Ivar Mountbatten, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and cousin to the Queen, is in a reflective mood...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Queers: Sherlock star Mark Gatiss is 'Wilde' about LGBTQ history
    When the BBC was putting together Gay Britannia, it called on self-styled "big poof" Mark Gatiss...
    Links: Stuff
  • Thousands hold gay pride march in Ukrainian capital of Kiev
    MOSCOW — Several thousand gay pride supporters have held a march in Ukraine's capital that lasted about 20 minutes despite opponents' attempts to block them...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Queer Fan Welcomed to Attend Church with Justin Bieber
    Links: Express

Fri 17 Jun 2016

  • Brandy Slays her NZ Debut
    Links: Express
  • Memorial Service to be Held at St Matthew-in-the-City
    Links: Express
  • Stealing the Show: Parson James
    Links: Express
  • 10.30PM: Gunman not gay? "God hates fags" group arrives for funerals
    If you want to read back through GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aussie PM dines with "Gays deserves AIDS" cleric
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had to apologise after inviting to dinner a preacher who promotes the view that gays deserve AIDS...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • La Madame regular: “Everybody lives in fear"
    A regular customer of La Madame gay bar says as a result of the mass shooting he no longer feels safe going out at night in Xalapa and that the local LGBTI community “lives in fear”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Media and communities ignoring Mexico massacre
    48 hours after GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • No fundraisers planned for Xalapa, Mexico
    As New Zealanders rush to organise fundraisers for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, as yet, no fundraisers for the victims of the mass shooting in a gay bar in Xalapa are being planned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ rushes to fundraise for Orlando, USA
    After the devastating gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, LGBTI people from around the country are rushing to assist and events are being organised to raise money for the victims...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 Jun 2015

  • British Embassies Banned From Flying Rainbow Flags During Pride Celebrations
    Links: Express
  • Fundraising Page Set Up For Hate Crime Victim Who Had ‘Die...
    Links: Express
  • George Michael Checks Into World’s Most Expensive Rehab Clinic
    Links: Express
  • 'Big Boo' Lea DeLaria is getting married
    Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is planning a wedding to her fiancée Chelsea Fairless, with Sandra Bernhard to perform the nuptials...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: What do you want from Ak Pride?
    In mid-April GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ideas aplenty for marking 30 years of HLR
    Planning is underway in Wellington for events to mark 30 years of Homosexual Law Reform in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kiwi youth worker off to meet the Queen
    New Zealand youth worker Tabby Besley is readying to leave for London where she will be honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mathura-Jeffree unhappy with TV portrayal
    TV presenter and model Colin Mathura-Jeffree has complained he was treated as a "cliched gay boy" on Dancing With the Stars...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Jun 2014

  • 100% Ok Tino Pai Lee Jacobsz
    Links: Express
  • Auckland’s Giapo Enters Top 10 of Global Gelaterias
    Links: Express
  • Bears observed enjoying oral sex: report
    A pair of male bears has been observed having regular oral sex at a Croatian wildlife sanctuary...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Carmen's niece still wants grave altered
    Carmen's niece Anne Paterson speaks at the unveiling A beneficiary of Carmen Rupe’s will maintains her aunt has not been given the headstone she deserves, and wants the estate to be placed in her hands so she can add some colour to it...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Prospect of fundie charter schools "scary"
    Anti-gay Peter Mortlock's City Impact Church is among the applicants A number of fundamentalist church groups have applied to run charter schools, something a Green MP describes as “scary”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tributes: Feminist icon Pat Rosier
    Writer Pat Rosier is being remembered as a feminist pioneer and an important writer who is already sorely missed...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 17 Jun 2013

  • Hate rolls in as debate rages about 'fag' tweet
    An All Black’s ‘fag’ tweet and the ensuing media coverage have sparked much debate on its source, Twitter, as well as a rush of gay-bashing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kiwi entrant wins Mr Australasia Bear 2013
    Ollivier (centre) flanked by Allan Granville and Paul Heard from Urge Bar New Zealand’s Lucien Ollivier has won the title of Mr Australasia Bear...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer Avengers attacked after speaking out
    From the Queer Avengers' Queer The Night march The Queer Avengers are being hit with hate after they criticised an All Black’s homophobic tweet...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sex ed report "Bizarre" and "homophobic"
    Miriam Grossman The New Zealand AIDS Foundation says a report on sexual health advice from websites such as Get It On!, which was prepared by an American psychiatrist for Family First, makes claims that are ‘bizarre’ and is full of ‘not so subtle homophobic rhetoric’...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US takes another large stride in trans rights
    Mara Keisling Changes to US social security rules are being described as the “most humane and important public policy advancements for transgender people during the Obama administration or even ever”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Whistle-blower disappointed at "fag" tweet
    Spyksma is a Rainbow Youth member and WTF advocate...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Jun 2012

  • Robert Grieve - Queen of the Whole Universe (Auckland)
    Robert Grieve talks about being part of the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Robert Grieve
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • An update from Blake
    Blake Skjellerup What's our favourite Winter Olympian been up to? Gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup has provided a video update from his current home, Melbourne...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • An update from Blake
    Blake Skjellerup What's our favourite Winter Olympian been up to? Gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup has provided a video update from his current home, Melbourne...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • High-profile Auckland lesbian facing drugs charges
    High-profile Auckland gay community figure Anne Speir has been charged with possession of a multitude of drugs for supply and with manufacturing a Class B drug...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Planned Pride House for London Olympics canned
    Clapham Common was to host Pride House There will be no Pride House at the upcoming London Olympic Games, reportedly due to a lack of funding...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Jun 2011

  • Gay couples to dine with Aussie Prime Minister
    Three gay couples are to dine with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after a campaign group was the winning bidder for the dinner at a charity auction...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Harawira does 'penance' at gay bar opening
    Harawira with Lolabar hostess Buckwheat Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has made a point of attending a gay Auckland function, in the wake of the heavy criticism he and other Maori politicians faced for speaking at Destiny Church...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer the night - the sequel
    Following the Queer the Night march through Wellington on 9 June, a group of 50 to 60 queer activists and friends met on 16 June to discuss "What next?" We crowded into the Trades Hall foyer near where a bomb had killed caretaker Ernie Abbott years before...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Young Queers of Aotearoa – We stand with you!
    There is a maxim that states, “Youth is wasted on the young”...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jun 2010

  • Colleagues ask for MP to be given space
    Labour colleagues are asking for an end to "the lynch mob mentality", so Chris Carter can be given space to consider his future...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Legal arguments wrap-up in California
    A lawyer defending the ban on gay marriage in California has closed his case with the claim he does not need evidence to prove the purpose of marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Meet Alastair Cameron: NZAF Chair
    Alastair Cameron Alastair Cameron has been the Chair of the New Zealand Aids Foundation Trust Board since February...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Off the streets, but with nowhere to go
    Programme supervisor Mama Tere There's frustration at the short timeframe and ultimate cancellation of a scheme which was helping young transgender sex workers in south Auckland find work outside the sex industry and legally change their names...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Welfare privatisation: A threat to LGBT communities?
    What does that habitual New Right nostrum, social welfare privatisation, have to do with New Zealand's LGBT communities? Plenty, if we're not careful...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 Jun 2009

  • Bomb exploded at Sao Paulo Pride
    Twenty-one people were injured and five hospitalised on Sunday when a bomb exploded where people were gathering for the Sao Paulo Pride Parade in Brazil...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sex info kiosk set for more Kiwi venues
    A world-first touch-screen sex information system now available in three all-male sex venues in Auckland and Christchurch will soon debut in more locations, says the NZ AIDS Foundation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney: Huge gay wedding protest planned
    The organisers of a huge protest for gay marriage in New South Wales hope over 400 same-sex couples set a world record by sharing vows on Saturday 1 August, as Australia's LGBT community continues to fight for gay marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamihere stirs anti-gay hate over HIV accused
    John Tamihere Talkback host John Tamihere has again angered gay radio listeners, this time with an erratic and error-ridden commentary on the 40-year-old man accused of infecting several people with HIV, but his employers refuse to comment on the matter...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Jun 2008

  • Gay marriage fever hits California
    Gay and lesbian couples will begin exchanging vows across California today, one month after the state's highest court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hamilton 'Frocky Horror' for NZ drag stars
    Some of New Zealand's most unique drag acts will unite in Hamilton for two nights of raucous comedy, raunchy glamour and outrageous fashion statements as part of the Waikato's Fuel Festival of theatre next month...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Police targeting Auckland toilet sex
    Auckland police are stepping up patrols of inner-city Herne Bay Road after receiving complaints about men using public toilets there for sex, and are warning that arrests are possible...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Takataapui TV: Sistergirl
    This episode of Maori Television's LGBT documentary programme Takataapui, which was scheduled for Monday 23 June, will now be broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday 30 June: Kooncha Brown is a sistergirl, a male-to-female Aboriginal transsexual...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington... Are you ready for Sohomo?
    It's became another gay K' Road mainstay, drawing a mixed, fashionable and youthful crowd every second Thursday with bands, themed event stuff, and DJ's that play music you don't normally hear at a gay night elsewhere...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Jun 2007

  • Michael Barrymore released without charge
    Michael Barrymore has been released without charge after being questioned about the death of a meat factory worker who was found in his swimming pool six years ago...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Witnesses testify in Waipouri murder case
    Palmerston North gay man Stanley Waipouri was beaten to death after one of his alleged killers walked in on him having sex with the other man charged with his murder, the Palmerston North District Court heard on Friday...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 Jun 2006

  • Television news report: New Zealanders being denied access to pain relieving drugs (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Jonathan Smith, Rachael Le Mesurier, Dr Pippa Mackay and Peter Moodie. TV3 news, ref F93675.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 17 Jun 2005

  • Destiny moves further into Maoridom
    Anti-gay pastor Brian Tamaki will take another step into the higher reaches of Maoridom tomorrow morning when the Maori Queen graces his elevation to 'Bishop Tamaki'...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF BOARD: Quotas "a legal requirement"
    Responding to unease about board membership quota proposals, deputy chair Simon Robb says the NZAF will continue to provide high quality services...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jun 2004

  • Out of pocket and outed?
    The Civil Union and Omnibus bills are being heralded as 21st century pieces of legislation, laws that will finally make gay and straight relationships equal in the eyes of the law...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • SST article continues to do damage
    The Anglican Dean of Auckland's comments that homosexuality remains a choice for some were prompted by a feature article in the Sunday Star-Times...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Jun 2003

  • Owen likely to seek compensation for attack
    Jailed dog owner Thomas Owen is likely to seek compensation for the Saturday morning attack on him in prison which saw him hospitalised, says his lawyer...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jun 1909

  • The marriage of Percival Redwood (a.k.a. Amy Bock) and Agnes Ottaway is annulled (Dunedin, New Zealand)
    Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

Sun 17 Jun 1906

  • Writer Eric McCormick is born (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
    McCormick wrote, among other works, biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins
    Links: Te Ara

Sat 17 Jun 1882

  • Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
    Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic and gender reassignment surgery.
    Links: Wikipedia

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