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Sat 17 Jul 2021

  • Bowls NZ starts Gary Lawson investigation; Grant Robertson and Sport NZ urge community to speak up following allegations
    Bowls New Zealand has started investigating allegations of homophobia, sexism, verbal abuse and threatening behaviour in the sport...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC boss backs Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard being at Olympics
    IOC President Thomas Bach has backed the inclusion of New Zealand transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard at the Tokyo Olympics saying you can't change the rules now...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Tokyo Olympics 2021: IOC boss backs Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard being at Olympics
    IOC President Thomas Bach has backed the inclusion of New Zealand transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard at the Tokyo Olympics saying you can't change the rules now...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Joe Exotic’s 22 Year Sentence Overturned
    Links: Express

Fri 17 Jul 2020

  • Book Review: Lil O’Brien’s Not That I’d Kiss A Girl
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites
    Links: Express
  • Music: POP MATTERS
    Links: Express
  • OnlyFans Reports 42% Rise In Accounts Due To COVID-19 Lockdown In...
    Links: Express

Wed 17 Jul 2019

  • Kiwi study reingites trans athlete debate
    Researchers say it's unfair for trans athletes to compete with other women and call for end to binary gender categories...
    Links: Stuff
  • Otago University researchers call for new sporting categories due to trans athletes' 'unfair advantage'
    NZ researchers find trans athlete have an "intolerable unfair'' advantage, but sport needs to drop binary gender categories...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby: Billy Vunipola refuses to back down over support for Israel Folau's homophobic comments
    Billy Vunipola has refused to back down over an Instagram post that sided with Wallaby full-back, Israel Folau, who has been sacked by the Australian union for his homophobic view that "hell awaits" gay people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Trans women have physiological advantage - University of Otago research
    The rules which allow trans women to compete in elite women's sporting divisions need to change because trans women have a physiological advantage, University of Otago researchers say...
    Links: RNZ
  • Transgender father made revealing documentary while claiming anonymity through High Court
    A transgender man who is fighting to have his child be the first in the UK to legally not have a mother made a documentary showing his child's face whilst arguing that his family needed court anonymity to protect them from harm...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Five Dream Date Nights
    Links: Express

Tue 17 Jul 2018

  • NZIFF: Animation, HIV, and all-ages films
    The annual New Zealand International Film Festival starts this Friday, more than 150 movies being shown around the country...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Queerest International Film Festival Ever
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Jul 2017

  • Counties Manukau Police Award LGBT+ Success
    Links: Express
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race and LGBT+ Stars Shine in Emmy Noms
    Links: Express

Sun 17 Jul 2016

  • Drag Wars: All Stars at Encore Cabaret
    Links: Express
  • No evidence Orlando gunman was gay says FBI
    FBI investigators say there is still no actual evidence that the gunman who gunned down patrons of an Orlando gay nightclub killing 49 was himself gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Jul 2015

  • 'Gender diverse' not guaranteed for Census
    It's yet to be decided whether a new 'gender diverse' option will be included in the next Census...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Akl Council dumps WiFi gender question
    Auckland Council is removing a pop-up on its free Tomizone WiFi which asks people if they are male or female...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hope new category will help data gathering
    MPs Jan Logie and Louisa Wall The Rainbow Parliamentary Network is welcoming Statistics NZ's inclusion of a "gender diverse" category as a step forward...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lgbti stars and shows up for Emmy Awards
    Numerous out actors and shows featuring lgbt characters up for Emmy Awards...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ to introduce "gender diverse" option
    UPDATED: Statistics New Zealand says “gender diverse” will join male and female categories in a new gender-identity classification, which has been released today...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch: Caitlyn Jenner's ESPYS speech
    Caitlyn Jenner has been given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS, sports awards run by US network ESPN...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch: Caitlyn Jenner's ESPYS speech
    Caitlyn Jenner has been given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS, sports awards run by US network ESPN...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jul 2014

  • Beefy Baritone Bo Skovhus
    Links: Express
  • Commonwealth Games Shocking Anti-Gay Stats
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: Do You Want Breakfast in Bed With That?
    Links: Express
  • Applications open for trans scholarships
    Picture / Unitec Applications are open for the two trans scholarships Unitec announced during Auckland Pride...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aus: rate of HIV diagnoses remains high
    Australia’s rate of new HIV diagnoses remains near the highest level seen in the past 20 years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aus: rate of HIV diagnoses remains high
    Australia’s rate of new HIV diagnoses remains near the highest level seen in the past 20 years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Backlash, homophobia greet 'split' story
    A speculative story about the winners of a same-sex marriage competition breaking up has been greeted with criticism by most, and homophobia from some...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV Testing "I thought it was something everyone did"
    HIV positive Australians share their stories in this video which encourages people to take responsibility for their status by taking charge and getting tested regularly...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • One of Those: gay NZ history on stage
    A dramatic piece of New Zealand’s gay history will be brought to the stage again next month – the story of the Wanganui mayor who shot a man who was blackmailing him to resign, threatening to expose him as gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Prosecutor struck off over drug conviction
    A former police prosecutor has been struck off after posting videos of his drug use at male sex parties online...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queen, with Adam Lambert, coming to NZ
    Legendary rock band Queen will perform at Auckland’s Vector Arena in September with gay pop star Adam Lambert as their frontman...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 Jul 2013

  • Action, assurances sought over Russian law
    The Foreign Affairs Minister is being urged to use diplomatic channels to raise concerns about Russia's crushing of LGBTI rights, and to ensure New Zealanders are safe in the nation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cameron Carpenter: the 'exorbitant virtuoso'
    He is the ‘wild child’ of the organ world; a lover of both men and women with plenty to say and a dazzling talent that he will show off in Auckland this week...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jamie and Thomas' love story
    One of the couples in the running for ZM’s Fabulous Gay Wedding have told us the story of how they got engaged, and it’s pretty ‘nawww’ inducing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Local Authoritarians?
    Just how representative is the current Auckland Council, in the context of the current debates over begging, street sex work and other concerns? Let's contemplate the nature of local and central government in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Modern Family actor to be at sky-high wedding
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson (right) with Justin Nikita Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his fiancé will be special guests on a history-making Air New Zealand flight where a gay couple will be married at 30,000 feet on 19 August...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK research backs HPV vaccine for gay youths
    Official advice for young gay New Zealanders to be given a free HPV vaccine is being echoed in the UK, where researchers say the argument for introducing targeted vaccination is strong...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Victory sealed in England and Wales
    Equal marriage supporters at a Stonewall rally outside the House of Lords (Photo: SIMON CALLAGHAN) The House of Commons has decided not to oppose tweaks to England and Wales’ marriage equality law, meaning the first same-sex weddings will take place next year...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Jul 2012

  • Alex-Rae - Q12 (Waikato)
    Alex-Rae talks about being young and pansexual in 2012
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Billie - Q12 (Waikato)
    Billie talks about being young and lesbian in 2012
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Nate - Q12 (Waikato)
    Nate talks about being young, transgender and bisexual in 2012
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Thomas - Q12 (Waikato)
    Thomas talks about being young and bisexual in 2012
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Key trio stepping down from Out Wellington
    Out Wellington Inc...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Jul 2011

  • "Mean-spirited" NZAF retaining 50% of donations
    The NZ AIDS Foundation is being called mean-spirited after deciding to divert into its prevention progamme half of the proceeds of a public appeal traditionally benefiting financially stressed HIV positive individuals...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • "Mean-spirited" NZAF retaining 50% of street appeal donations
    The NZ AIDS Foundation stands accused of being mean-spirited in negotiations which preceded its handing over responsibility for an already struggling fund which supports financially stressed people living with HIV and in holding back half of that fund's main income to supplement its own government-funded prevention work...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • "Mean-spirited" NZAF retaining 50% of street appeal donations
    The NZ AIDS Foundation stands accused of being mean-spirited in negotiations which preceded its handing over responsibility for an already struggling fund which supports financially stressed people living with HIV and in holding back half of that fund's main income to supplement its own government-funded prevention work...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pacific Voices video resource goes online
    A new resource addressing issues and lives of Pacific glbt people has gone online after being launched last Wednesday night...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rugby player sports moko on gay mag
    As the Rugby World Cup draws closer, a French rugby player has shown he is gay friendly, but managed to outrage some in Maoridom, by appearing on the cover of a gay and lesbian magazine donning a fake moko...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 Jul 2010

  • Film Review: The Runaways
    The Runaways Director: Floria Sigismondi Year:2010 Running time: 109 mins Censor Rating: R16 -drug use, sex scenes, offensive language  Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2010 Bad ass...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Move that bus, the Hikoi on Heels is coming
    Miss Ribena They won't be closing the Auckland Harbour Bridge for it, but there is a hikoi coming to town that is bound to make a splash...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Study probes "San Francisco relationships"
    A new study has reinforced something commonly known in San Francisco – many gay men in the area negotiate open relationships that allow them to have sex with other people...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Jul 2009

  • Kestin's story: T is for Testosterone
    Kestin Stewart 22-year-old Kestin Stewart is a female-to-male transguy living in Auckland and currently looking for work in animation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • No Milk, but 'lesbian' film OK in Samoa
    Despite banning the Milk movie several months ago, British comedy film Lesbian Vampire Killers has been approved by Samoa's Principal Censor, despite it containing nudity, violence and girl-on-girl love scenes...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney's AIDS Council boss resigns
    Stevie Clayton, who has lead Australia's largest community-based LGBT health and HIV organisation for almost a decade, has resigned, reports the Sydney Star Observer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington's Outgames website goes live
    At a civic reception in Wellington today, the city's LGBT-friendly Mayor Kerry Prendergast will officially launch the website for the second AsiaPacific Outgames, planned for the capital in March 2011...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jul 2008

  • Malaysia:Opposition leader in sodomy arrest
    Malaysian police arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday on suspicion that he sodomized a male aide, pre-empting his voluntary appearance at the police headquarters to answer to the allegation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: The Life of Brian
    So, what did we learn about the Bishop of Bling, Destiny church's leader Brian Tamaki, from tonight's TV3 documentary, The Life of Brian? Brian Tamaki Not much we didn't already know...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Waipouri murderer sought $6K for evidence
    The convicted murderer of Palmerston North gay man Stanley Waipouri demanded $6,000 from police in return for giving evidence at the trial of his co-accused, the High Court at Palmerston North has heard...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Jul 2007


  • ‘Out Takes' LGBT film festival organisers Reel Queer are pleased to announce the results of this year's audience awards...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Cuba Libre...?
    With Mike Moore's new doco ‘Sicko' about to appear at movie theatres, it's time to revisit the controversy about Cuba, Castro, conservatism – and change...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nepal: Youths beaten for carrying condoms
    Five Nepalese transgender youths, known as ‘meti', were brutally beaten, sexually abused and insulted by police in Kathmandu on the night of 14th July...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Spiritualism and LGBT People
    At a time when orthodox religion was conservative and male dominated, spiritualism offered a haven for those with feminist, antislavery and leftist politics in the 19th century...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Jul 2005

  • Mysterious Skin
    MYSTERIOUS SKIN Dir: Gregg Araki USA, 2004 35mm, 99 mins A deeply disturbing glimpse into the lives of two small-town teenage boys who have been affected in different ways by sexual abuse, Mysterious Skin doesn't pull many punches in recounting the haunted memories of gay rent-boy Neil and UFO geek Brian...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Jul 2003

  • Opposition starts early for civil unions
    Coalition MPs are wasting no time in voicing their opposition to any form of legal recognition for gay relationships in advance of civil union legislation being introduced for debate in Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Unity and diversity at Dunedin pride
    The winners of Mr and Ms Pride Dunedin strongly support the theme of this year's Pride Week, unity within the gay community, challenging people to become unified despite their diversity...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Jul 1992

  • Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh dies
    Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform.

Sat 17 Jul 1982

  • Eve van Grafhorst is born (New South Wales, Australia)
    Links: Wikipedia

Tue 17 Jul 1917

  • Dr Hjelmar von Dannevill is released from Matiu Somes Island after suffering a severe nervous breakdown (Wellington region, New Zealand)
    Links: Papers Past, The Spin Off

Wed 17 Jul 1867

  • Hon Major Richardson introduces the Offences Against the Person Bill (1867) (New Zealand)
    The Bill states that a person convicted of sodomy can be imprisoned for life and anyone convicted of attempted buggery or an indecent assault on a male can serve up to ten years imprisonment (Offences Against the Person Act 1867 / Unnatural Offences, 58-60).
    Links: Early NZ Statutes, Hansard

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