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Fri 15 Jul 2022

  • Bethlehem College students to be interviewed in discrimination inquiry
    Government officials will investigate concerns about student safety and wellbeing, with a particular focus on rainbow youth...
    Links: Stuff
  • Empire Games athletes look back at former Commonwealth Games
    Before packed houses of 40,000 people every day for just over a week at Eden Park, Empire Games athletes battled for imperial pride...
    Links: RNZ
  • Queer As Folk Returns and its Queer As F**k!
    Links: Express
  • Ricky Te Akau: E Mahi Ana Mo Te Māori
    Links: Express

Thu 15 Jul 2021

  • Rally for Trans Rights (15 July 2021) (Michael Fowler Centre)
    Audio from the rally for trans rights, held outside the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on 15 July 2021. The rally was in response to a public meeting being held in the MFC by the group Speak Up For Women NZ.
    Features: Bill Logan, Elle Kingsbury, Fleur Fitzsimons, Kate Power, Pat McIntosh, Rangimoana Taylor, Selena Pirika, Serah Allison, Tristan-Cordelia, Val Little
  • Speak Up For Women (Michael Fowler Centre)
    Speak Up For Women representative Beth Johnson speaks about the public meeting about to take place in the Michael Fowler Centre on 15 July 2021
    Features: Beth Johnson
  • RainbowYOUTH board member Shaneel Lal's public social media post causes controversy (Auckland region, New Zealand)
    Lal's public statement draws strong responses, including the launch of a petition to remove them from RainbowYOUTH. The organisation responded publicly "Shaneel Lal has been pivotal to our growth as an organisation. Over the last two board terms, they have been invaluable in building connections that help us better serve communities we were unable to connect with in the past and guiding us closer to our aspiration of supporting all rainbow young people. We have been fortunate to have people like Shaneel provide their insight, passion and commitment to RainbowYOUTH."
    Links: Express
  • Lesflicks Has Been Shortlisted + A Finalist For A Community Org Award For LGBT In The UK's Largest Diversity Awards
    Lesflicks has been shortlisted and is a finalist in the Community Organisation Award for LGBT category at the National Diversity Awards 2021 alongside Yorkshire MESMAC, Be Yourself at Vibe, Time for Inclusive Education, Pride in Belper, The Outside Project, ...
    Links: Scoop
  • More than 1000 gather at Wellington's transgender rights rally
    More than 1000 people gathered outside the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington this evening for a transgender rights rally...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Rainbow Youth Board Member Lashes Out at “White Gays”
    Links: Express
  • Review: The Best E-Bikes for Auckland’s Cycle Paths
    Links: Express

Wed 15 Jul 2020

  • Scooby Doo’s Velma is Lesbian
    Links: Express
  • UN Expert Calls For Global Ban on Conversion Therapy
    Links: Express

Mon 15 Jul 2019

  • Girls Rock! Camp musicians perform their final showcase
    Last week we told you about a school holiday programme for girls, trans and non-binary young people that's hoping to help produce future rock stars...
    Links: RNZ
  • Local Focus: Sport Hawke's Bay's rainbow mission
    It was a transgender student's sporting request that set Sport Hawke's Bay on its mission to get everyone moving...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 15 Jul 2018

  • Award Winning Gay Conversion Therapy Drama Releases First Trailer
    Links: Express

Sat 15 Jul 2017

  • Anti virus: could computers kill real life viruses?
    We know that computers can defeat viruses using anti virus software, but could they also help to kill real living viruses? Scientists are digitising our immune system, so they can quickly design custom-made antiviral proteins that shut down deadly and rapidly evolving diseases like influenza and HIV...
    Links: RNZ
  • Floyd Mayweather uses gay slur towards Conor McGregor
    Floyd Mayweather has landed himself in trouble in London for using a gay slur against Ireland's UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor...
    Links: NZ Herald

Fri 15 Jul 2016

  • Pride Board Seeks New Members Following Two Retirements
    Links: Express
  • 2000 people protest in Israeli city of Be’er Sheva
    A protest was held in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva after the supreme court ruled the route of its very first pride parade must be changed...
  • Team Rainbow raise over $20k for homeless
    The Rainbow team who slept rough for a night as part of the Lifewise Big Sleep Out have raised a total of $23,805 towards tackling the issue of homelessness...
  • Two AKL Pride Board members step down
    Phylesha Brown-Acton and Shirley Allan have announced they are stepping down from their positions on the Auckland Pride Festival Board...

Wed 15 Jul 2015

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “Marriage is Between a Man And a...
    Links: Express
  • US College Wrestler Handed 30 Year Prison Sentence For Infecting Partner...
    Links: Express
  • Poems wanted for new anthology
    Submissions of unpublished poems are being sought for a new anthology of queer and rainbow inspired work...

Tue 15 Jul 2014

  • Reaching For The Moon – NZ International Film Festival 2014 Top...
    Links: Express
  • Stats NZ to Develop Standardised Approach to Gender Identity
    Links: Express
  • Archbishop: God weeps at homophobia
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he believes “God sits there and weeps” at homophobia, “because God is saying, ‘Do you know what? You’re all my children...
  • Gender ID info: Stats NZ seeks feedback
    Statistics New Zealand is asking for feedback as it develops a “statistical standard” for collecting gender identity information...
  • MKR couple gets married on Waiheke
    My Kitchen Rules couple Carly and Tresne have married in New Zealand, and say it’s “unbelievably shitty” they can’t get married in Australia...
  • Record support for Aus marriage equality
    A new poll shows nearly three quarters of Australians support legalising same-sex marriage...
  • Ricky Martin announces 2015 NZ tour
    Gay pop star Ricky Martin will perform in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch next April...
  • Ricky Martin's 15 big years
    When Ricky Martin performs in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch next April, it will be 15 years since he last brought a tour to New Zealand...

Mon 15 Jul 2013

  • Glee actor's death leaves fans in shock
    Monteith supported the Straight But Not Narrow campaign Fans of gay-favourite Glee are reeling at the death of actor Cory Monteith, who is best known for playing Finn Hudson on the musical-comedy...
  • Help me find her …
    I have a challenge for you, GayNZ...
  • K' Rd: Former Kamo and DNA site sold
    After ten months sitting empty, the Karangahape Rd space which housed short-lived bar DNA and long-running watering hole Kamo has been sold...
  • Russia bans gays from adopting children
    Vladimir Putin Hot on the heels of banning ‘gay propaganda’, Russia has outlawed gay couples adopting...
  • UK: Anti-equality brigade cancels prayer rally
    A celebration gathering will still go ahead / File Photo Anti-gay campaigners have cancelled a planned rally against equal marriage legislation in England and Wales, saying there is no point, as it heads for a major milestone overnight...
  • Watch: All-American Boy
    Gay country singer Steve Grand's video for his song All-American Boy has gone viral, and he isn’t even signed...

Sun 15 Jul 2012

  • NZAF on the hunt for two new staff members
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is looking for two new staff members; an Auckland-based Communications Officer and a Community Engagement Coordinator in Wellington...

Fri 15 Jul 2011

  • Families Commission seeking gay parents' views
    The Families Commission is about to include gay households in its panel discussions on the nature of families in New Zealand...
  • Men attacked and robbed after London Pride
    Two men have been knocked to the ground, then punched, kicked and robbed after returning from a post London Pride night out...

Thu 15 Jul 2010

  • A close shave with Razor
    Kelly Rice and members of Razor You'd be hard pressed to find a lesbian who doesn't have fantasies about fronting a rock band ...
  • Goulter to run for Whanganui mayoralty
    Jevan Goulter No stranger to controversy himself, Jevan Goulter is making a bid to replace the controversial Michael Laws as the mayor of Whanganui...
  • More youth seeking sexual "warrant of fitness"
    There has been an increase in the number of teenagers and young people looking for treatment for sexually transmitted infections...
  • Teen mag closure sparks privacy fears
    The closure of a US gay teen magazine and website has created privacy concerns about its database of young, mostly gay, men...

Wed 15 Jul 2009

  • Kiwis take flight to Copenhagen's Outgames
    18 countries from the Asia-Pacific region will participate in 2009's World Outgames, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 25 July - 2 August...
  • San Francisco Zoo's gay penguins split up
    San Francisco Zoo's famous gay penguin couple Harry and Pepper have split up, after a six-year relationship...
  • Successful Outtakes fest paves way for 2010
    After a popular Outtakes Film Festival recently in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, the Reel Queer team tell GayNZ...
  • The History Boys try their uniforms for size
    The cast of The History Boys, planned for Auckland's Maidment Theatre this October, have met for a photoshoot in their school uniforms and now share a behind-the-scenes video with GayNZ...

Tue 15 Jul 2008

  • 'Out' musician Anika Moa begins tour of NZ
    Kiwi singer/songwriter Anika Moa begins her New Zealand tour this week, and has revealed that songs from her latest album In Swings the Tide are about a difficult break-up with a woman...
  • Africa: "God will protect us against gays"
    Uganda's State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Dr James Nsaba Buturo has said priests like the Achbishop of the Church of Uganda Luke Orombi who are opposed to gays should not get intimidated because God will protect them...
  • Rubbings From A Live Man
    Over lunch, just days before its world premiere as part of the NZ International Film Festival, performer, author, director, playwright, visualiser, poet and free spirit Warwick Broadhead told me about the film of his life...
  • Takataapui TV: Fa'afafine stories
    Phylesha Brown Acton The next episode of Maori Television's LGBT programme Takataapui will be broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday 21 July: "Within my family, I don't have a mental disorder - I'm not 'gender dysphoric'...
  • Waipouri murder:One convicted, one on trial
    The man convicted of murdering gay Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri in a "ferocious" attack will take the stand as a Crown witness in the re-trial of his co-accused and former friend Andre Gilling, as a new trial begins this week...

Sun 15 Jul 2007

  • John Howard challenged on gay spouses
    Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby has written to the Howard Government regarding a change in the law to allow his partner to inherit his judicial pension when he dies...

Sat 15 Jul 2006

  • National UniQ Conf. overcomes obstacles
    In spite of last minute hurdles, the National UniQ Conference held in Palmerston North was a success, say organisers...
  • Pound nightclub to close its doors
    After six years of operation, Wellington's iconic Pound nightclub will close on Saturday August 5...
  • Tamihere's World: Callers and host trash talk gays
    John Tamihere As Radio Live, the talkback stablemate of Radio Pacific, pulls out all the stops to drag up a viable audience for prospective advertisers, it seems to be pinning its hopes of success on stirring up redneck New Zealand...

Fri 15 Jul 2005

  • Maxim: At cross purposes?
    While the Maxim Institute wants to stop Sue Bradford's anti-belting bill, Brian Tamaki goosesteps the country, on a fool's crusade for his puppet political party...
  • The Christian Right: Business as usual...?
    To read Christian Right websites, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Graham Capill ever existed, with one exception...
  • Witnesses comment on Capill's demise
    As the judge announced "Your life was a lie", Graham Capill's fall from grace was witnessed by a packed public gallery...

Thu 15 Jul 2004

  • Television item (New Zealand)
    Qn, ref: TZP298648.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television item (worldwide)
    One News, ref: TZP290964.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: HIV rates increase sharply in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Rachael Le Mesurier and Tim Barnett. One news, ref F82005.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Civil Union Reference: How they voted
    How did your MP vote on the Civil Unions and Relationships Bills? Here's the full listing...
  • Enough! deconstructing Destiny's propaganda
    On 23 August, Destiny Church/New Zealand will try to get an alleged thirty thousand people into Parliament's grounds...
  • Herald searches for stamp man's secrets
    Police are no closer to solving the murder of stamp collector Robert Hunt, but the NZ Herald seems keen to connect his death to homosexuality and paedophilia...

Sun 15 Jul 2001

Mon 15 Jul 1996

Wed 15 Jul 1987

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