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Fri 17 Jul 2020

  • Hearing-impaired worker asks ‘why me’ after losing leg on West Coast railway
    A hearing-impaired site foreman for KiwiRail wasn't wearing hearing aids and didn't hear the excavator approaching...
    Links: Stuff
  • 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...

Fri 17 Jul 2015

  • 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...

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
  • 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...

Wed 17 Jul 2013

  • 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...

Tue 17 Jul 2012

  • Alex-Rae - Q12
    Alex-Rae talks about being young and pansexual in 2012
  • Billie - Q12
    Billie talks about being young and lesbian in 2012
  • Nate - Q12
    Nate talks about being young, transgender and bisexual in 2012
  • Thomas - Q12
    Thomas talks about being young and bisexual in 2012
  • Key trio stepping down from Out Wellington
    Out Wellington Inc...

Sun 17 Jul 2011

  • 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...

Sat 17 Jul 2010

  • 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...

Fri 17 Jul 2009

  • 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...

Thu 17 Jul 2008

  • 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...

Tue 17 Jul 2007

  • 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...

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...

Thu 17 Jul 2003

  • 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...

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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