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Sun 8 Aug 2021

  • Laurel Hubbard media coverage (Aotearoa New Zealand)
    RNZs MediaWatch looks at the media coverage relating to Olympian Laurel Hubbard
    Features: Colin Peacock, Laurel Hubbard
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Politics: Nats unity challenged by gay conversion vote
    Neale and Brigitte join Kathryn to look at the National Party's annual conference at the weekend, with Peter Goodfellow retaining his job as president and the Young Nats turning on the party over its bulk vote against the proposed ban on gay conversion therapy...
    Links: RNZ
  • Sapphic Lake swans on stage
    It's Swan Lake reimagined for the 21st century - Sapphic Lake is believed to be the first ballet in New Zealand to depict a story focused on lesbian and non binary love...
    Links: RNZ

Sat 8 Aug 2020

  • Never too late: Grandfather, 90, comes out as gay, opens up about his long-lost love
    Kenneth Felts is the ultimate proof it is never too late to start living your truth...
    Links: NZ Herald

Thu 8 Aug 2019

  • Inspired by Mario Lopez, RHONY alum Cindy Barshop revealed one of her 9-year-old twins is transgender
    After Mario Lopez publicly apologised this week for remarks he made in June about parents of transgender children, Cindy Barshop was motivated to speak out...
    Links: Stuff
  • Fast and Furious: Jinba Ittai – Drive Beautifully!
    Links: Express
  • Fast and Furious: Two Very Different EV’s Coming Out of Britain
    Links: Express
  • G.A.Y Set To Return This Friday From 10pm
    Links: Express
  • Winter Pride 2019 is Coming
    Links: Express

Wed 8 Aug 2018

  • ACC’s sexuality education won’t protect young Māori
    Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion organisation Te Whāriki Takapou is highly critical of the decision by ACC to spend $18...
    Links: Scoop
  • Ben Stokes swore at bouncer and mocked gay men, court told
    A nightclub bouncer was abused by England cricketer Ben Stokes, who also mocked two gay men and flicked a cigarette at them, a court has heard...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ben Stokes was also abusive to niteclub bouncer
    Ben Stokes was abusive to a bouncer before mocking two gay men leaving a nightclub, a court has heard...
    Links: RNZ
  • League referee sends NSW Cup player off for 'homosexual slur'
    A NSW Intrust Super Premiership player has been charged with contrary conduct after being sent off for dissent that was described by referee Kasey Badger at the time as a "homosexual slur"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Man stalked former partner and discovered she had lesbian lover
    A jealous father-of-two placed a tracking device on his ex-girlfriend's car so he could follow her to a secret date she was having with another woman...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Mother, 49, of transgender son reveals she donated her uterus
    Silvia Park no longer needed her uterus...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • New CCTV footage captures England cricketer Ben Stokes 'mocking' gay men
    A nightclub bouncer was abused by England cricketer Ben Stokes, who also mocked two gay men and flicked a cigarette at them, a court has heard...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ngā Taonga: History of transgender culture in New Zealand media
    In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision with Sarah Johnston, we will hear sound recordings about how and when transgender lives appeared in the media in the past...
    Links: RNZ
  • Petition to ban gay conversion therapy presented to Parliament
    A few weeks after coming out as pansexual, Teri O'Neill was offered the chance to speak with a priest at her Catholic high school to make sure her "strong values" did not "go away"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Petitions to ban gay conversion therapy handed to parliament
    Two petitions with a combined 20,000 signatures, calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy were handed to parliament this afternoon...
    Links: RNZ
  • Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman for The CW
    NEW YORK — Ruby Rose is making history with her latest role as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Shortland Street introduces first intersex character
    Shortland Street's newest arrival, a baby who is born intersex, is the latest storyline attempting to "explore social change through fictional characters", according to the show's producer...
    Links: Stuff
  • Should we have a discussion about hateful "acts" as well?
    Opinions are flying about the free speech issue like shrapnel - but acts that could be perceived as "hateful" - such as gay conversion therapy - have thus far avoided the free speech spotlight...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Panel with Andrew Frame and Niki Bezzant (Part 1)
    Massey University Students' Association president Ben Schimdt says the student body is disappointed at the decision to rescind an invitation to Don Brash to speak about his time as National leader...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Sex Files: The sex position question you should stop asking
    Warning explicit content "Top or bottom?" It's a question LGBT people get asked all the time...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Apple CEO Reaches Out to LGBTI Youth at LoveLoud Festival
    Links: Express
  • Court Told Ben Stokes Mocked Gay Men Before Alleged Assault
    Links: Express
  • Pride Protest Shut-down by Police in St Petersburg, Russia
    Links: Express

Tue 8 Aug 2017

  • Day camp for transgender and 'gender fluid' kids to accept four-year-olds
    A San Francisco day camp for transgender and gender fluid children as young as four is spearheading education a and awareness of gender expansion...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Petition calls for sex education in schools to include LGBT
    A petition calling for "better, more consistent" sex education in secondary schools has been handed to Parliament...
    Links: Stuff
  • Transgender day camp among first to include 4-year-olds
    EL CERRITO, Calif...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Wondering if your child is transgender? Here are some tips
    EL CERRITO, Calif...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • ‘Only a Matter of Time’ Before Northern Ireland Legalises Gay Marriage
    Links: Express
  • Liberal Bill Paves the Way for Marriage Equality in Australia
    Links: Express
  • New LGBT+ Bar Opening in Auckland
    Links: Express

Mon 8 Aug 2016

  • Launch of Carmens traffic light (Cuba Street)
    Audio from the launch of Carmen Rupes traffic light, which can be seen on the corner of Ghuznee and Cuba Streets, Wellington.
    Features: Amanduh la Whore, Celia Wade-Brown, Dana de Milo, Grant Robertson, Kevin Haunui, Tīwhanawhana, Trevor Morley
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Auckland Pride Board Member Attacked
    Links: Express
  • Attacker abuses, stabs gay man in NY subway
    A gay man has been stabbed in the New York subway by a man who shouted "you faggot" at him then fled...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Bisexuality slurs get celeb turfed off UK Big Brother
    A gay celebrity has been thrown out of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother house for making offensive remarks about bisexual people and Jews...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Carmen pedestrian lights switched on
    In a crowded cafe sheltering from the rain speeches, waiata and performances have marked the installation of four Carmen-themed pedestrian lights in central Wellington...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Concerns raised regarding Matheson and AK Pride Board
    Tuesday 9 August: Since this interview was published yesterday Lexie Matheson has responded here...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Donations mount after bar owners' house fire
    Donations are mounting for Wellington gay bar operators Scotty and Mal whose home was badly damaged by fire on Friday evening...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Duncan back on the field for Footbal Ferns win
    In a drama packed game, the Football Ferns have had their first win at the Rio Olympics, beating Colombia 1-0 ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jacquie Grant not attending Carmen light unveiling
    A West Coast community icon and friend of the late Carmen Rupe says the traffic light to be unveiled today in honour of Carmen is “a great idea”, however due to the late notice of her invite, she is unable to attend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lack of MāoriandPasifika representation causes concern
    Community leader and advocate Phylesha Acton Brown has voiced concerns regarding the representation of Māori and Pasifika communities within queer and trans community events and organisations, including the Auckland Pride Festival Board...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Matheson's re-appointment to AKL Pride questioned
    Concerns have been raised regarding the appointment of trans activist and educator Lexie Matheson to the Auckland Pride Festival Board after she is said to have previously posted “racist, inappropriate and unforgiving statements” publicly on Facebook about a member of the Auckland Pride Board...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Transgender cyclist ushered in Brazil at Rio opening
    Leah T ushers in the Brazil team Missed by commentators and not highlighted by Rio Olympics organisers, it has been revealed that the cyclist who ushered in the Brazil team for the opening ceremony was a transgender woman...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Villumsen finishes 23rd in Olympics womens cycling
    Linda Villumsen has finished in 23rd place in the Olympics women’s road race this morning [NZT]...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Aug 2015

  • Australian Television Networks Refuse to Air Anti Same Sex Marriage Ad
    Links: Express
  • Aussie networks block "scaremongering" ad
    Two Australian TV networks are refusing to screen an anti marriage equality ad which claims gay couples getting married will be "the tip of the iceberg"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Music spotlight: John Grant
    An acclaimed musician whose work draws on his experiences of being gay and HIV positive will perform in New Zealand for the first time in March...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Street in Iceland given a rainbow makeover
    Never mind a crossing, an entire street has been painted in rainbow colours for Reykjavik's Pride...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Aug 2014

  • Kiss and Tell: Wannabes and a Two knee Salute
    Links: Express
  • Reading the Small Print
    Links: Express
  • Wallpaper Revamped
    Links: Express
  • Dan News gets political with new series
    Gay news and politics junkie Dan Lake, better known as Dan News, has excitedly launched a new weekly online political show via 3news...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Franco hits back at 'live-in boyfriend' blog
    James Franco has slammed a blog site as “homophobic” after it ran a piece about his flatmate being his “live-in boyfriend”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • RW Forum: Maurice Williamson
    While Labour and the Greens representatives were able to speak on behalf of their parties, National’s Maurice Williamson basically reiterated his personal pro-lgbti views and pledged we’ll have his vote on conscience issues...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 8 Aug 2013

  • Conservative Party targets Auckland Council
    Some of the candidates the party is putting up The homophobic Conservative Party is standing more than 20 candidates in the Auckland local body elections, including its CEO Christine Rankin...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Govt. says it supports gay Russians' equality
    Murray McCully Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully claims the Government is "strongly committed to the fundamental principles of non-discrimination" on the basis of sexual orientation, on the same day it scuttled an attempt to have Parliament speak out against growing state-sanctioned brutality against glbti Russians...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP's Russia motion scuttled by National
    Jan Logie The National Party has refused to support Green MP Jan Logie’s motion to ‘note with grave concern’ the passage of anti-gay legislation in Russia...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New K' Rd bar 'Legend' opening tonight
    Grady Elliot outside Legend The new player on K’ Rd is opening tonight, and is taking some inspiration from the past with the name ‘Legend’...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • No Russian assurances for travellers' safety
    Murray McCully The government has not received any assurances that glbti New Zealanders will be safe in Russia and has not raised the plight of gay Russians with that country, judging by a statement by Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obama speaks out against Russia's hate
    US President Barack Obama has openly criticised Russia, saying he has ‘no patience’ for countries that mistreat GLBTI people...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Stephen Fry on Russia
    "I am gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Aug 2012

  • "I say yeah" - Mika confirms he is gay
    Mika has spoken out about his sexuality, saying the songs on his new album The Origin of Love are inspired by his relationships with men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Expert: babies could be screened for gayness
    Robert Klitzman - Close Up A visiting bioethics expert claims that within a few years, parents will be able to screen their unborn children to see whether they are gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Attorney-General undecided on marriage
    Chris Finlayson Openly-gay Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson is said to be yet to make up his mind on how he will vote on Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Labour MP wants marriage bill dumped
    Su'a William Sio Labour MP Su'a William Sio has slammed the marriage equality bill of his colleague Louisa Wall, saying it should be dumped entirely...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Aug 2011

  • NY wedding competition in home straight
    Five couples remain in the radio competition which will send a gay or lesbian couple to New York to get married...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Stephen Fry tweets up a storm in the capital
    Stephen Fry is in New Zealand for a role in The Hobbit Gay British actor Stephen Fry may keep being mistaken for Top Gear presenter James May, but that isn't dampening the fun he is having in Wellington where he is filming a role in The Hobbit...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Aug 2010

  • No ordinary kitty
    Ben and Andrew with Cruz "He's the only pussy we'll ever love...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 8 Aug 2009

  • Rugby captain jailed for eight years
    An eight year prison sentence has been handed out to the Ashburton rugby club captain found guilty last month of sexually assaulting a player in his bed...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Aug 2008

  • "Don't use the word 'fag'" says Kanye West
    At a concert in New York this week, Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer Kanye West spoke out on stage against homophobia and rumours that he's gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Archbishop: Gay unions similar to marriage
    In the eyes of God, faithful same sex relationships are "comparable to marriage," according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the world wide Anglican church...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Homosexuality now legal in Panama
    The Central American Republic of Panama has decriminalised homosexual acts, following a series of protests by Human Rights groups...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Miss Mole plans 26th Chch Oscars night
    Despite telling Christchurch's community that last year's elaborate Oscars awards show would be her last, it's drag hostess Miss Mole now says she'll bring it back this October "by popular demand"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Boys of Beijing
    It all starts tonight, and we'll be watching the medal hopefuls closely… especially the swimmers and divers! Here's our top ten reasons why we love the Olympics...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Girls of the Games
    It involved hours of painstaking research, but Kitten Power has now decided on her Top Ten Hottest Women of the 2008 Olympics...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 8 Aug 2007

  • Poison Moon: The Unification Church and antigay politics
    Why should we be that concerned about the Unification Church/Moonies, given that they only have an estimated three hundred New Zealand members? Because their power outweighs their numbers...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 8 Aug 2006

  • New safe sex website popular with MSM
    A new website offering safe sex information for gay, bisexual or bi-curious men has proved popular in its first week online, with over 1000 visitors each day...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 8 Aug 2005

  • Peter Ellis Enquiry Rejected
    After two years of deliberation by Parliament's justice and electoral select committee, Peter Ellis' request for a royal commission of enquiry has been rejected...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 8 Aug 2004

  • Capill becomes police prosecutor
    One of New Zealand's most outspoken political opponents of equal rights for gays and lesbians has found a new job – as a police prosecutor...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • CU - What does it matter to you?
    As the next round of voting on the Civil Unions Bill approaches and the Taliban masquerading as the Destiny Church perform a haka in Aotea Square, and as the Maxim Institute encourages people to use their children as cannon fodder to pursue their thinly veiled agenda of gay-bashing, there is one question which remains unanswered...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Shades of 1985 in hate marches
    It is believed up to a thousand supporters of Brian Tamaki turned out at Aotea Square yesterday for the Destiny Church's hate march against gay marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Stand up against the "bad people"
    Taking a leaf out of the Maxim Institute's book, Brian Tamaki and the Destiny Church have taken to exploiting children in their fight against gay marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 8 Aug 1986

Sun 8 Aug 1976

  • Gay Pride Week takes place, 8-14 August (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Activities attract nearly 300 people and receive media publicity.
    Links: Saliant

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