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Fri 10 Jul 2020

  • Celebrating trans experiences: Rurangi director Max Currie
    Formerly a writer on Shortland Street, director Max Currie is bringing his acclaimed web series Rurangi to the big screen as part of this year's New Zealand International Film Festival...
    Links: RNZ
  • Sports Illustrated hires Valentina Sampaio as first trans swimwear model
    Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue will be graced by its first transgender model as Brazilian Valentina Sampaio makes her debut in the annual edition of glamorous women in gorgeous swimwear...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Valentina Sampaio becomes first transgender model to feature in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue
    Valentina Sampaio​ has made history as the first transgender model to feature in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue...
    Links: Stuff
  • ‘The Gayest Person In New Zealand’
    Links: Express
  • Glee star Naya Rivera Presumed Dead
    Links: Express
  • Intersectionality At An Intersection
    Links: Express

Wed 10 Jul 2019

  • Botswana Government Attempts to Re-Criminalise Homosexuality
    Links: Express
  • Japan Accepts First LGBTI Asylum Seeker
    Links: Express

Tue 10 Jul 2018

  • Another gay wedding cake controversy
    Australian couple Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick are getting married in New Zealand because of our same-sex-friendly laws...
    Links: RNZ
  • Calls for NZ to ban gay conversion therapies
    The pressure is on the Government to follow Britain's lead and ban gay conversion therapies...
    Links: RNZ
  • Chris Lynch: The Warkworth baker and the same-sex couple - a slice of homophobia or free speech?
    COMMENT: Should freedom of religious expression be given a free pass when it comes to New Zealand's Bill of Rights?A same-sex couple is upset because their request for a wedding cake has been refused by a baker in Warkworth ...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Hollywood's iconic golden-haired boy Tab Hunter dead, aged 86
    During his life, actor Tab Hunter was the definitive posterboy for the fiction of Hollywood's golden age: adored by millions of women around the world, he was, in his private life a gay man, and known to the world as Tab Hunter, he was in fact born Arthur Andrew Kelm...
    Links: Stuff
  • Pressure mounts for government to ban gay conversion therapy
    The government is under pressure to follow Britain's lead and ban gay conversion therapies...
    Links: RNZ
  • Rainbow Youth urges govt to ban gay conversion therapies
    There are calls for the Government to follow Britain's lead and outlaw gay conversion therapies...
    Links: RNZ
  • Top Stories for Tuesday 10 July 2018
    Turmoil in UK as Boris Johnson quits over Brexit, Four boys, coach remain in Thailand cave, Greens urge govt to scrap plans for missiles, bombs, Defence Force planes purchase 'fair' - Winston Peters, Auckland Central's new state housing apartments announced, Calls for NZ to ban gay conversion therapies, New night shelter for women opens in Auckland...
    Links: RNZ
  • Mark Gatiss: Crafting Queers
    Links: Express

Mon 10 Jul 2017

  • Bang! Coming soon!
    Featuring real stories from real people about sex, sexuality and relationships, Melody Thomas leads a frank and often-entertaining exploration into topics too often shrouded in shame and secrecy...
    Links: RNZ
  • The secret - and not so secret - gay Disney characters
    As Disney announces that its forthcoming live action Beauty and the Beast will feature the studio's "first gay moment", courtesy of Josh Gad's LeFou, we take a look at some of the studio's other (possibly) queer characters...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • An Honest Conversation: Young, Gay, and Illegal
    Links: Express
  • Cardinal Pell Leaves the Vatican to Face Sex Charges
    Links: Express
  • Church of England Rejects Conversion Therapy
    Links: Express
  • Church of England Set to Offer Special Services for Transgender People
    Links: Express
  • Reports Claim Chechnya Has Resumed ‘Gay Purge’
    Links: Express

Sun 10 Jul 2016

  • HLR30 Celebration at Auckland Town Hall
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Gala Extravaganza at SkyCity!
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Gala Extravaganza Reception
    Links: Express
  • Standing ovations for Wilde in Auckland
    Sustained standing ovations were delivered last night to the woman who, as a neophyte MP, fronted the parliamentary campaign to strike down a law which for decades had effectively made gay and bisexual NZ men criminals...

Fri 10 Jul 2015

  • Australian Football Codes Join Together to Voice Support For Marriage Equality
    Links: Express
  • Irish Government Seeks to Introduce New Law Protecting Gay Teachers
    Links: Express
  • Urge lives on with regular men's events
    Auckland men’s bar Urge may have closed four months ago, but its owners are keeping the party going by holding events around the country...

Thu 10 Jul 2014

  • The Good Soul of Szechuan
    Links: Express
  • Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.
    Links: Express
  • Video: Woman throws paint at gay Auckland sauna
    The paint was splattered at the entrance...

Wed 10 Jul 2013

  • Veterans invited to march in Pride Parade
    OverWatch in this year's Pride Parade Veterans from all the armed forces are being invited to be part of OverWatch’s entry in the next Auckland Pride Parade...

Tue 10 Jul 2012

  • Melbourne loses much-loved drag performer
    A Melbourne drag performer has died from a suspected heart attack, leaving friends in utter shock...

Sun 10 Jul 2011

  • Ideas: 25th anniversary of homosexual law reform
    Chris Laidlaw leads a discussion on the 25th anniversary of homosexual law reform. Speakers include former MP Fran Wilde, activist Bill Logan and Phylesha Brown-Acton from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation
    Features: Bill Logan, Chris Laidlaw, Fran Wilde, George Gair, John Banks, Neil Costelloe, Norman Jones, Phylesha Brown-Acton, Tighe Instone
  • We did it! But how did we get there?
    What are some of the factors which combined to put New Zealand in a place where it was able to forge forward and pass the Homosexual Law Reform Bill? Historian and campaigner Alison Laurie explains the ingredients which allowed us to cook up change...

Sat 10 Jul 2010

  • Review: Semi Precious Weapons, You Love You
    “I can't pay my rent but I'm f Justin Tratner, Stevie Pyne, Cole Whittle and Dan Crean should be happy, because they've released what I believe is one of the best albums of 2010 and have proven that they've got the talent, and energy to compete with Lady Gaga in terms of stage presence and glamour...

Fri 10 Jul 2009

  • Ferdinand Ambach is convicted of the manslaughter of Ronald Brown (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Ambach is initially charged with murder, but the charge is downgraded after Ambach's lawyer successfully argued the provocation (gay panic) defence. Ambach is sentenced to twelve years imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of eight years.
    Links: Stuff, Nga Taonga
  • UK: Vigilantes publish pics of cruising men
    An anti-cruising website based around Devon in South-West England is publishing uncensored photos and car license plate numbers of men cruising for sex in parks, reports PinkNews...

Thu 10 Jul 2008

  • TV3 fined for dragging up Buckwheat story
    The Broadcasting Standards Authority has fined TV3 $2,500 for broadcasting news items claiming the Ministry of Social Development had hired popular Auckland drag queen 'Buckwheat' to motivate staff...

Tue 10 Jul 2007

  • USA: Gay magazine comes out unwrapped
    'The Advocate', one of the most respected gay publications in the world, has decided to stop concealing itself from the world...

Mon 10 Jul 2006

  • Tributes flow at HLR exhibition launch
    Speakers paid tribute to the activism of David Hindley at yesterday's launch of his photo exhibition, “What Are You Afraid Of?”, which opened at Wellington's Turnbull House...

Sat 10 Jul 2004

  • Tamaki counter-protest planned
    Destiny Church pastor Brian Tamaki will find himself shoulder-to-shoulder with gays and lesbians next month as he stands outside Parliament to protest civil unions...

Fri 10 Jul 1998

  • Presbyterian General Assembly bans ordination of practising gay men or lesbians for one year (New Zealand)

Wed 10 Jul 1991

  • Television news report: Air New Zealand trains Eve Van Grafhorst as a flight attendant (New Zealand)
    Holmes, ref F105317.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 10 Jul 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS impacts on New York arts community (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news ,ref F93026.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Thu 10 Jul 1986

  • Television news report: the Coalition of Concerned Citizens continues its battle against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    6.30 news, ref F58082.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 10 Jul 1981

  • Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler is picketed (San Francisco, United States of America)
    A Chamber of Commerce dinner honouring Michael Fowler is picketed. Fowler had earlier stopped lesbian support notices being placed in Wellington City Council buses.
    Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)

Wed 10 Jul 1895

  • Miles Radcliffe is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Radcliffe was later killed, aged 50, on 5 February 1946.

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