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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
  • 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...

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
  • 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...

Tue 17 Jun 2014

  • 100% Ok Tino Pai Lee Jacobsz
    Links: Express
  • Auckland’s Giapo Enters Top 10 of Global Gelaterias
    Links: Express
  • Tributes: Feminist icon Pat Rosier
    Writer Pat Rosier is being remembered as a feminist pioneer and an important writer who is already sorely missed...

Mon 17 Jun 2013

  • Whistle-blower disappointed at "fag" tweet
    Spyksma is a Rainbow Youth member and WTF advocate...

Sun 17 Jun 2012

  • Robert Grieve - Queen of the Whole Universe
    Robert Grieve talks about being part of the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Robert Grieve
  • 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...

Fri 17 Jun 2011

  • Young Queers of Aotearoa – We stand with you!
    There is a maxim that states, “Youth is wasted on the young”...

Thu 17 Jun 2010

  • 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...

Wed 17 Jun 2009

  • 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...

Tue 17 Jun 2008

  • 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...

Sun 17 Jun 2007

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

Thu 17 Jun 2004

  • 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...

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...

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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