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Sun 19 Jun 2022

  • 'Poisonous': Why the Saudi Arabian government is banning rainbow kids' toys
    Saudi Arabian officials have banned countless colourful kids' toys, clothing and accessories in a brutal crackdown against "homosexuality"...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • British athlete Dame Kelly Holmes reveals she is gay
    Dame Kelly Holmes has come out as gay...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Fina swimming body tightens transgender athlete rules
    Swimming's world governing body Fina has banned transgender swimmers from women's elite events if they have begun male puberty...
    Links: RNZ
  • HIV prevention drug: 'Stigma is a thing that's still out there'
    There's no room for stigma when it comes to GPs prescribing a safe sex drug commonly used by gay men, a leading doctor says...
    Links: RNZ
  • School told trans student: 'God doesn't make mistakes' - then they tried to kill themselves
    A transgender student at Bethlehem College who was not allowed to wear the uniform of their identified gender, or be called by their preferred name and pronouns, and who was told by a member of staff, “God doesn’t make mistakes”, was so traumatised they tried to kill themselves...
    Links: Stuff
  • Swimming to restrict transgender participation
    Swimming's world governing body has voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women's competitions...
    Links: RNZ
  • World swimming adopts new policy for transgender athletes
    World swimming's governing body has adopted new rules for transgender athletes, only permitting swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women's events...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • The Hottest Photos From CHCH Pride’s FriGay Drinks
    Links: Express

Sat 19 Jun 2021

  • Comedian Eli Matthewson is out and proud - but it was a 'complete surprise' when his dad also came out as gay
    Comedian Eli Matthewson is out and proud - but it was a 'complete surprise' when his dad also came out as gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • *Spoiler Alert* The Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is...
    Links: Express

Fri 19 Jun 2020

  • Spanish LGBT+ Community Abuzz As Chart Topping Singer Comes Out
    Links: Express

Wed 19 Jun 2019

  • Australian priest sends powerful message to sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau
    Priest in Australia lashes out at sacked Wallabies star following his comments on transgender and gay people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby: Priest's powerful message to Israel Folau
    A popular Anglican priest in Gosford has publicly spoken out against Israel Folau in the wake of his latest attack on gay and transgender people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • The town of Hell, Michigan is renamed 'Gay Hell' as a Pride Month rebuke of Donald Trump
    US YouTuber Elijah Daniel bought Hell, became mayor for a day and changed its name to Gay Hell...
    Links: Stuff
  • Australian Church Stands Up To Homophobia And Folau
    Links: Express
  • Australian State of Victoria to Reform Birth Certificate Policy For Transgender...
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Ricky Martin Intervenes to Kill Anti-Gay Bill in Puerto Rico
    Links: Express
  • Saturday Night @ Staircase Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • The Try Guys’ Eugene Lee Yang Comes Out Via A Powerful...
    Links: Express

Tue 19 Jun 2018

  • WHO moves on transgender classification welcomed
    AN INTERNATIONAL health agency’s removal of transgender identities from its list of mental disorders should be reflected in legislation currently before the New Zealand Parliament, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) says...
    Links: Scoop

Mon 19 Jun 2017

  • RainbowYOUTH on the Hunt for New Executive Director
    Links: Express

Sun 19 Jun 2016

  • For Queen and Country: Drag Wars June Edition
    Links: Express
  • "Disgusting, degrading" reporting of Samoan death
    Phylesha Brown-Acton Mounting anger at this morning's reporting of the death of a Samoan trans woman in Apia is spilling over into New Zealand with prominent trans-rights campaigner Phylesha Brown-Acton saying the Samoa Observer's coverage has left her "absolutely disgusted...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Anger at Samoan reporting of death, front page pic
    Anger is building amongst the Samoan transgender and fa'afafine communities over media reporting of the death of a young  transgender woman who was found in a Catholic church hall a few blocks inland from the main commercial area of downtown Apia...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cindy's blistering attack on Samoan paper
    Cindy of Samoa Samoan-born entertainer and social worker Cindy of Samoa has let loose a blistering attack on the Samoan newspaper which this morning published a front page photo of the body of a young transgender woman found dead in the early hours of Friday morning...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Guns, Gays and Orlando
    One aspect of the Orlando nightclub tragedy that hasn't been discussed thus far is the vexed issue of US gun ownership policy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Homophobic church group denied charitable status
    Logan Robertson A small fundamentalist Baptist church group whose pastor admitted praying for a gay man to commit suicide applied for but was denied tax-exempt status...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lives do matter
    Bar La Madame on Mexico’s east coast and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub are separated by the Gulf of Mexico but linked by the horrific massacre of their LGBTI patrons these past few weeks...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Samoa: Apology issued for graphic front page image
    Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa The Samoan newspaper which has caused hurt and outrage by publishing a picture of the lifeless body of a young transgender woman found in an Apia Catholic church hall on Friday morning has issued an explanation and apology...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Samoan transwoman found dead in church hall
    A transgender woman has died after being found in a Catholic church hall a few blocks inland from the main commercial area of downtown Apia...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The reality of LGBTI life in Mexico
    Andrés Gaeta Rivera is involved with Centro Ser, a Tijuana based non-profit organisation that works to give HIV preventive and medical care for vulnerable groups around the border area...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 19 Jun 2015

  • Breaking: Colin Craig Set to Resign
    Links: Express
  • Colin Craig Facing Axe as Conservative Party Leader After Sauna Interview...
    Links: Express
  • Colin Craig Steps Down, Puts Conservative Party Leadership to a Vote
    Links: Express
  • Leading UK GLBT Rights Campaigner: Jesus May Have Been Gay
    Links: Express
  • "Relentlessly gay" yard to get even gayer
    An American woman is fundraising to add even more rainbows to her front yard after a neighbour complained about her “relentlessly gay” lighting display...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Comment: Conservative Party Feels the Heat
    Why did he take a seven-month break from media scrutiny? Venturing out for the first time in several months, Colin Craig shared a sauna with TV3's David Farrier, fully clothed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Conservatives could be about to roll Craig
    UPDATED10...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Craig stands down as Conservative leader
    3...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sexual harassment claims against Craig
    9...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch the trailer for Robin Williams' Boulevard
    The trailer has been released for Robin Williams’ final film, Boulevard, where he plays a married man confronting his sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 19 Jun 2014

  • King’s College London Students To Vote On Stripping Sultan Of His...
    Links: Express
  • US Senate Confirms Two Gay Federal Judges
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi entries welcome for Aus writing comp
    New Zealand writers are being welcomed to get their creative juices flowing for an Australian writing contest...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kyrgyzstan follows Russia with anti-gay law
    A ‘gay propaganda’ law similar to Russia’s has been passed in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sam Johnson among 'most trusted' NZers
    Sam Johnson Christchurch community leader Sam Johnson has moved up the rankings in an annual poll of the ‘most trusted’ New Zealand public figures...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Showgirl glamour cabaret for Whakatane
    Pepper Hudson (centre) with fellow Priscilla touring show cast members There are unlikely to be many links between North Melbourne and the Bay of Plenty, but Whakatane trans woman Pepper Hudson is forging one, drawing on her theatrical and showgirl experience in Australia as she puts together a new cabaret show...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 19 Jun 2013

  • Dalziel confirms tilt for Christchurch mayoralty
    Lianne Dalziel Staunch GLBTI community supporter Lianne Dalziel has confirmed she will run for Christchurch mayor...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Editorial: time for rugby to front up
    Could you imagine the outcry if one of our All Blacks just lay down on the field and pretended the other team wasn’t there, refusing to tackle, pass, run, kick, or even acknowledge a game was on? In this vein the NZRU and the All Blacks need to end their ultimate Hollywood act of pretending homophobic issues just don’t exist in sport...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Family First gets it wrong on sexuality education also
    Gay Greens MP Kevin Hague weighs in on a ‘sex ed’ report the group has commissioned from a American woman with no less than extreme views on sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gays will "rot in jail" Robert Mugabe rants
    Mugabe Robert Mugabe has promised to make life even worse for gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe should his party win the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mr Bear Australasia knackered but buzzing
    The delighted Kiwi winner of Mr Bear Australasia says he needs a holiday after a full-on weekend in Melbourne, where he took out the hotly-contested title...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New board and Chair elected at OUTLine
    OUTLine has a new board after its AGM, with Michael Wallmannsberger elected Chair...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Relieved Olwage gets funding for Antwerp bid
    Chris Olwage is grateful and relieved...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 19 Jun 2012

  • Daniel Nicoletta (San Francisco)
    Daniel Nicoletta talks about his photographic career, the Castro in the 1970s and his time with Harvey Milk and Scott Smith
    Features: Daniel Nicoletta
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Carmen Trust seeks advisory committee
    The Syney-based Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust is looking for volunteers to join its advisory committee...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 19 Jun 2011

  • UN declaration "groundbreaking"
    The following is a statement from gay rights advocacy group ARC International in regards to the UN declaration endorsing gay and transgender rights, which New Zealand co-sponsored...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 19 Jun 2010

  • Drag duo to get personal in Wellington
    Buffy performers will be the recently-crowned Miss Drag Wellington Nikita van der Kamp, who will offer a rerun of the Hannah Montana performance which landed her the title...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • European Parliament backs trans rights
    The European Parliament has adopted a report which is strongly in favour of safeguarding transgender people's fundamental rights...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • This rising star is well grounded
    A major promotion this week has seen him described as a 'rising star' and a 'breath of fresh air' for the Labour Party...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • This rising star is well grounded
    A major promotion this week has seen him described as a 'rising star' and a 'breath of fresh air' for the Labour Party...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 19 Jun 2009

  • Accused HIV+ man's name released
      Accused: Glenn Mills 10...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gibraltar rejects age of consent equality
    The Parliament of Gibraltar - a British territory bordering Spain - has rejected a Bill to reduce the age of consent for gay men from 18 to 16, which would have equalised it with the heterosexual age of consent...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 19 Jun 2008

  • Dr Matt Wildbore dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Wildbore supported many HIV positive men during the 1980s and 1990s.
    Links: GayNZ.com, NZ.com
  • 'Borat' star's gay 'Bruno' movie out next year
    Sacha Baron Cohen - the star of outrageous movie Borat - will 'come out' next year as his new movie persona, an Austrian gay television presenter called Bruno...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AKL: 3 bands, 2 levels for Flirt's 3rd birthday
    With three live bands, surprise shows, DJs, two dance levels open, and a weekend on the Gold Coast to be won, the third anniversary of Auckland's Flirt women's night this Saturday "is going to rock like you won't believe" says promoter Sarah Lambourne...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fitness dramas at the Good Morning studio!
    Steve Gray prepares for another live TV workout, as Brendon carries the water he wants them tighter and more toned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fitness dramas at the Good Morning studio!
    Steve Gray prepares for another live TV workout, as Brendon carries the water he wants them tighter and more toned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • WGN: Meeting to plan 'Out in the Square'
    The team behind Wellington's Out in the Square Gay and Lesbian Fair says their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15 July will be a chance for the community to give feedback on the event and gain ideas and new volunteers for next year's celebration in Civic Square...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 19 Jun 2007


  • “Keep the week of 4th – 11th August free,” says the UniQ Victoria team, who have announced their second annual LGBT ‘Proud’ week for that date...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Judge ends warring lesbians' union
    In the latest twist in an ongoing battle between two women over a child they intended to raise together a Family Court judge in the US state of Vermont has terminated their civil union...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Why we love our gay K' Road
    It's exciting when we canvass our clever readers for competition answers and all the witty responses come in...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 19 Jun 2006

  • AKL: Studs ram home safe-sex message
    "Safe-sex stud" Mr Gay Auckland, his deputy, and drag icon Miss Ribena, pushed the safe-sex message over the weekend with the launch of “Safe-Sex Beauties” – a new condom campaign targeting gay and bisexual men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cunnicular Crossdresser? Bugs Bunny, Drag Queen!
    Which 'wascally wabbit' wore women's wear repeatedly? And why have our self-appointed moral guardians ignored thislascivious lagomorphicgender bending? From the forties to the sixties, Bugs Bunny dressed in women's clothing repeatedly, whether in lingerie, full evening gowns or uniforms...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 19 Jun 2005

  • Agender conference: Breaking the isolation, dealing with issues
    Around 80 transgendered people from all over New Zealand flocked to Wellington the first weekend in June for the fourth annual Agender NZ conference, a growing event which is much about connecting with a community as talking about issues, says Agender spokeswoman Claudia McKay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Catholics: Pope should decide NZ laws
    The New Zealand Catholic Church believes this country's laws should reflect the moral dictates their Pope, and that his criticism of NZ's civil unions legislation will affect the outcome of the coming general election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lesbians abused over Asher case
    A lesbian couple living in Piha who helped Iraena Asher in the hours before she disappeared from the seaside village are being abused for their sexuality and accused of complicity in the disappearance by fellow villagers...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pageantry and eftpos at Tamaki ordination
    In a display of camp pageantry worthy of the old glbt Hero and Devotion party shows or Miss Mole's Oscars, homophobic fundamentalist preacher Brian Tamaki has elevated himself to the status of Bishop...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamaki DVD: censorship concerns
    A Brian Tamaki-produced anti gay and anti civil union propaganda film has been passed to the Chief Censor by the Film and Video Labeling Body; due to concern about its explicit political and anti-gay content...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 19 Jun 2004

  • Big response to Lavender Is survey
    Over 2,000 responses have been received so far for the Lavender Islands survey, conducted online and billed as the most comprehensive study to date of New Zealand's gay and lesbian communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Govt disappointed over "gay slant"
    The Government is disappointed the civil union debate has been given a "gay slant"...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 19 Jun 2003

  • Rainbow Labour MPs divided over Ellis petition
    The three Rainbow Labour MPs are divided over the Peter Ellis petition, with only Georgina Beyer being a confirmed signatory...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 19 Jun 1999

  • Hotel Homo (Wellington)
    This documentary explores what its like to work in the hospitality industry.
    Features: Hamish Allardice
    Links: PrideNZ.com

Wed 19 Jun 1991

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