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Mon 9 Aug 2021

  • 'I will not support parents being criminalised for being parents' - Judith Collins on conversion therapy bill
    National Party MPs say they are staunchly against gay conversion therapy practices but stand by opposing a bill banning them because of concerns that parents could face prosecution...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Ex-doctor who continues to deny sexual offending against young men denied parole
    David Lim, who is transgender, continues to deny drugging and sexually assaulting four male patients...
    Links: Stuff
  • MJ Rodriguez’ Ground-Breaking Emmy Nomination
    Links: Express
  • Russian TV Calls LGBT Athletes at Tokyo Olympics “Scum” and “Psychopaths”
    Links: Express

Sun 9 Aug 2020

  • It’s Time To Experience The Gawkiest Threesome Of The Year!
    After a sell-out season at Auckland’s Q Theatre, Gawky Productions is bringing PLAY to the capital...
    Links: Scoop

Fri 9 Aug 2019

  • Air NZ flight attendant applicant believes she's not hired because she's transgender
    A transgender job applicant is claiming gender discrimination at Air New Zealand after the national airline declined her cabin crew application for the third time...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Auckland Grammar's hair rule harmful for gender-diverse students, advocates say
    Auckland Grammar said it was getting ready for trans students, but advocates say its ban on long hair isn't inclusive...
    Links: Stuff
  • Archbishop In Poland Claims A “Rainbow Plague” Is Imminent
    Links: Express
  • Celebrating Christchurch’s Community
    Links: Express
  • King of The Capital | Jac Lynch Talks to Lilly Loudmouth
    Links: Express
  • Meet Our August Hottie: Joel Bray
    Links: Express
  • MINI Man Sets His Sights On Another Award
    Links: Express
  • Ohio Republican Blames Gays and Drag Queens for Mass Shootings In...
    Links: Express

Thu 9 Aug 2018

  • 'Too gay': Man kicked out of pool for inappropriate swimwear
    A man claimed he was humiliated by "homophobic" hotel staff after they kicked him out of the pool for wearing inappropriate swimwear...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Democrats pick gay, Native American nominee in Kansas third Congressional district
    Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), becoming the state's first Native American and gay nominee for Congress...
    Links: Stuff
  • MLB's inclusion efforts must now overcome offensive tweets
    Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow the sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress...
    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

Wed 9 Aug 2017

  • Bang Ep 2: sex and sexuality
    Teenagers and sex...
    Links: RNZ
  • Gay Plebiscites: Australia’s Crisis on Same-Sex Marriage
    What a fabulous mess...
    Links: Scoop
  • HIV Testing Comes Direct to UK Sauna
    Links: Express
  • Warehouse Introduces Gender Transition Policy
    Links: Express

Tue 9 Aug 2016

  • Hippolytus Veiled
    Links: Express
  • Trans Model In Olympics Opening Ceremony
    Links: Express
  • 'Be wary of religious fundamentalism' - Justice Muir
    The country's first openly gay High Court Judge, Justice Matthew Muir, has warned lawyers and law students against complacency in the face of religious fundamentalism...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ak Pride defends its progress on inclusiveness
    Kirsten Sibbit The Auckland Pride Festival board has defended its efforts to include Maori and Pasifika people and communities in festival governance and events and to be an open and inclusive organisation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ak Pride: board member has no conflict of interest
    Kirsten Sibbit The Auckland Pride Festival Board is standing by the process by which a new board member was recently appointed and refuting a claim there is a conflict of interest relating to her serving on an Auckland Council advisory panel...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Coronation Street star was 'terrified' coming out
    A former star of the long-running Coronation Street TV soap has admitted she was "terrified" at the effect coming out would have on her career...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay British diver wins bronze
    A gay British diver has won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, competing in the men’s synchronised 10m platform dives...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Girlfriend proposes to player at Sevens ceremony
    A member of the Brazilian women's sevens rugby team has very publicly become the first athlete to receive a marriage proposal at the Rio Olympics...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HLR30: Praise, humour and exhortations
    The following is an entertaining, informative and powerful speech made last night by NZ's first openly gay High Court judge to a gathering organised by Rainbow Law in Auckland to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HLR30: Praise, humour and exhortations
    The following is an entertaining, informative and powerful speech made last night by NZ's first openly gay High Court judge to a gathering organised by Rainbow Law in Auckland to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Homophobic chants from Rio spectators
    Megan Rapinoe Openly lgbti athletes are being subject to homophobic abuse from amongst the spectators at the Rio Olympics...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Matheson: Due process followed, racism denied
    Lexie Matheson Proper process was followed and the possibility of conflict of interest was checked into before she was appointed to the Auckland Pride trust board last week, Lexie Matheson - who also denies an accusation of racism - says...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Serbian govt. has first openly glbt cabinet minister
    Ana Brnabic The deeply conservative eastern european nation of Serbia now has its first openly glbti cabinet minister after the prime Minister appointed businesswoman Ana Brnabic as Minister for Public Administration...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Take fight for glbti rights offshore, says Justice Muir
    Justice Matthew Muir...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 9 Aug 2015

  • Insight: Gay Rights Beyond Marriage (Aotearoa New Zealand)
    Many in the rainbow community fear same-sex marriage is being used as a universal solution for the challenges still confronting many in the communities. Alex Ashton investigates.
    Features: Alex Ashton, Anita Brady, Bill Logan, Broden Packer, Chris Piesse, Elizabeth Kerekere, Kassie Hartendorp, Liggs Hoffman, Liz Dutton, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Nicola Wood, Sandra Kirby, Shelley Te Waiariki Howard, Sue Lytollis
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Backstage at Family Bar
    Links: Express
  • Gay AFL Player to Run For Australian Parliament
    Links: Express
  • GLBT Ugandans Bravely March in Pride Parade
    Links: Express
  • Tap Turns Off
    Links: Express
  • Marriage rallies held across Australia
    Thousands are turning out in Australia to call for same-sex marriage, as its Federal Parliament prepares to debate the reform next week...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tap runs dry at Auckland alcohol-free bar
    An attempt to run New Zealand’s first dry bar hasn’t been met with enough support from the public to stay afloat...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Watch: Marsha P Johnson biopic
    With the trailer for the new Stonewall film sparking massive debate because its central character is a gay white man, here’s a feature-length documentary on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Aug 2014

  • Rocky Horror w/ Miss Betty Ford – Poof Bar
    Links: Express
  • Shower Power w/ Miss Kita Mean – Legend Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Wiggling It w/ Anita Wigl’it – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • ANZ signs up to Rainbow Tick programme
    ANZ's Antonia Watson with Michael Stevens from the Rainbow Tick programme...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Michael Sam: Help end homophobia in sport
    Groundbreaking American football player Michael Sam has thrown his support behind the Out on the Fields study, which needs more New Zealand voices...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Michael Sam: Help end homophobia in sport
    Groundbreaking American football player Michael Sam has thrown his support behind the Out on the Fields study, which needs more New Zealand voices...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rapid tests taken directly to South Akl
    Counsellor Lyndon Moore The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is hoping to normalise testing by offering free rapid HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C tests in South Auckland each week...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 9 Aug 2013

  • Blake Skjellerup on CNN
    CNN grills gay Winter Olympians Blake Skjellerup and Johnny Weir about the situation in Russia ahead of the Sochi Games...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ Falcons rugby team raise $4K+ at auction
    The New Zealand Falcons have raised at least $4,215 in a fundraising auction...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Olwage has brush with amused German cops
    Chris Olwage The New Mr Gay World has had a bit of an experience with German police during his travels in Europe following the competition...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Participants sought for GENDERSMASH!
    An exampled of the GENDERSMASH! concept All and sundry are being invited to take part in a public performance piece on Auckland's Karangahape Rd tomorrow...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Poverty and the "New Immorality?"
    How is it that the Auckland Council can bless our forthcoming marriage equality nuptials while trying to drive vulnerable and marginal transsexual street sex workers, and now beggars, off the streets? I think I know why and it's not a particularly pleasant prospect...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer Avengers protest at Russian Embassy
    Picture thanks to Mark Beehre A small, but loud, protest has been held outside the Russian Embassy in Wellington...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • RIP Lady Penelope
    One of the much loved members of Auckland's drag community has passed away...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sadness reigns as loved performer passes on
    Tributes are pouring in for Auckland identity who died in her sleep last night...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Romp Project
    A plan to throw a party for queer Aucklanders has led to the birth of The Romp Project, a non-profit initiative that is running regular events such as film nights and games nights, and this weekend’s Mix Tape Sessions, which will showcase some live and alternative GLBTI music...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 9 Aug 2012

  • Vicki-Anne Heikell and Bronwyn Officer - Creating Our Stories (National Library of New Zealand)
    Vicki-Anne Heikell and Bronwyn Officer talk about various practical ideas for maintaining a personal or group archive
    Features: Bronwyn Officer, Vicki-Anne Heikell
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Brave Ugandans honoured by Clinton
    Ugandan GLBT rights campaigners have been honoured by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who awarded them the State Department’s Human Rights Defenders Award at the US Embassy in Kampala...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chauvel urges colleague: "tell the whole truth"
    Charles Chauvel Gay Labour MP Charles Chauvel is urging his colleague Su’a William Sio to “tell the whole truth” when it comes to the increasingly contentious issue of marriage equality, after the Mangere MP claimed the bill would cost Labour the next election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Community promised more info on Pride soon
    Co-Chairs Gresham Bradley and Timothy McMichael The Auckland Pride Festival Trust has begun recruiting for the two crucial roles of Pride Festival Coordinator and Pride Parade Coordinator ahead of February’s inaugural Auckland Pride, and promises meaty announcements about the event will be made soon...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Talk Tonight: Urzila Carlson
    She's the lesbian comic who's taken Australia and New Zealand by storm...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marriage poll breakdown offers insight
    Colmar Brunton has released a demographic breakdown of its May poll on same-sex marriage, which shows massive support for marriage equality among younger New Zealanders...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ MPs pay tribute to "fearless" Ugandans
    Jan Logie and Louisa Wall Lesbian MPs Jan Logie and Louisa Wall have congratulated Ugandan activists who have been given the US State Department Human Rights Defender Award, the highest human rights award next to the Nobel Prize...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Preview: The Pride
    Simon London Silo Theatre’s production of acclaimed play The Pride opens in Auckland on Friday night...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 9 Aug 2011

  • "Raunchy" lesbian scene too much for viewer
    A viewer who got more than they bargained for when they watched Black Swan at Rialto Cinemas has had their complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about a segment in the cinema's magazine thrown out...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AUS: Lesbian Senator's partner expecting
    Sophie Allouache and Penny Wong Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong's partner Sophie Allouache is pregnant and due to give birth in December...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fundraiser incredibly personal for Urge co-owner
    Auckland men's bar Urge is continuing its tradition of raising money for charity, and this time it's a heart-rendingly personal cause...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay London bookstore vandalised by youths
    The damaged window: Pink News As riots rip through London, the city's celebrated gay bookstore Gay's the Word has been badly damaged by a gang of bicycle-riding youths...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Six Months In: making change
    Shaun Robinson New Zealand AIDS Foundation Executive Director Shaun Robinson has passed the six month mark in the role...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Six Months In: making change
    Shaun Robinson New Zealand AIDS Foundation Executive Director Shaun Robinson has passed the six month mark in the role...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 9 Aug 2010

  • Candidate blasted for gay slur
    Wendy Francis A Senate candidate for Australia's Family First party has been slammed by Twitter users after comparing legitimising gay marriage to "legalising child abuse" "Children in homosexual relationships are subject to emotional abuse...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Neighbours storyline to hit NZ screens
    Chris Pappas New Zealand soap fans will soon be able to see a new gay character on Neighbours...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Looking Elsewhere?
    It's difficult for most LGBT international political observers to summon any enthusiasm for Australian federal election coverage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sutton skates to double gold in Cologne
    Joy Sutton sporting gold Just a year after beginning ice skating lessons, Joy Sutton has glided to two gold medals at Gay Games Cologne...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Teen faces execution on false sodomy charge
    An 18-year-old Iranian is facing execution on charges of homosexuality, despite not being gay and having no legal representation...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 9 Aug 2009

  • Peres: "Gays have a place in Israel"
    Israel's Prime Minister, speaking from a rainbow flag bedecked dais to a crowd estimated at up to 70,000, says there is a place for gays in Israel...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sotomayor welcomed by US gays
    The swearing in of new US Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor has been welcomed by the American glbt communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • World's smallest gay pride event?
    A tiny Irish village is 'going gay' for a day in what may be the smallest gay pride event in the world...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Aug 2008

  • Money talks
    Hit homophobes where it hurts, advises Craig Young Should we actively engage in boycotts of businesses that support New Zealand fundamentalist pressure groups? I would argue that this should be the case...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • More arrests of gays in Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Morality Police - known as the 'Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice' unit - have arrested two gay Filipino men in Saudi Arabia's capital city of Riyadh, reports Saudi's Sabaq online news...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Union 'Out at Work' seminars for CHC and AKL
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) aims to increase knowledge of how LGBT and employment rights have developed and strengthen diversity in the New Zealand workplace with upcoming seminars in Christchurch and Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 9 Aug 2007

  • Auckland
    Ponsonby Road's latest gay hang-out is now open on Ponsonby Road, following a ‘sneak peek' party last night...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AUS: 25,000 sign gay equality petition
    Queensland Federal Liberal MP Warren Entsch has presented Prime Minister John Howard with a petition signed by 25,000 people which calls for an end to discrimination against same-sex couples...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Elton John plays Taranaki in December
    Out musical superstar Sir Elton John is coming back to New Zealand for another one-off concert, on the exact anniversary of his Wellington date last year...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • McKellen admits defacing hotel Bibles
    Sir Ian McKellen, the much-lauded gay British film and stage actor who says he adores New Zealand since portraying the majestic wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, has admitted that he regularly tears an offensive section out of Bibles placed in hotel rooms...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney: Weekend of Oxford St violence
    At least three people were attacked near Sydney's gay centre Oxford St last weekend, in a new spate of anti-gay violence...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 9 Aug 2006

  • Beyer hateful' diatribe
    Two MPs supportive of equal rights for LGBT New Zealanders – Labour's Georgina Beyer and the Greens' Metiria Turei – have hit back at talkback radio host John Tamihere, for his month-long on-air vilification of homosexuals, and for his criticism of Turei's private member's bill that seeks to equalise adoption rights for same-sex couples...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 9 Aug 2005

  • Television news report: the Justin Dalley court case begins (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Emily White. TV3 news, ref F88290
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Rotten core: The League of Rights and Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda
    New Zealand First's core Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda (BCIR) policy is endangering lesbian/gay and other minority rights within New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 9 Aug 2004

  • "Gay plot" behind hate speech enquiry
    A government select committee is to investigate whether there is a need for hate speech legislation, and the Christian Heritage party thinks its all part of a sinister homosexual plot – they say it is just an attempt to stifle 'open debate' on homosexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 101 Strange QandAs about homosexuality
    Challenge Weekly devoted space to the book "101 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brum: a refreshing alternative to London
    I live only an hour from Birmingham, or Brum, as it's affectionately known, but for some reason I'd always avoided the city, heading instead for the gay hotspots of London, Manchester and Brighton...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Calls for sexuality Census question
    There've been further calls for a sexual orientation question in the Census following overwhelming indications in the Lavender Islands survey that gays and lesbians would answer such a question honestly...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Destiny's Enough is Enough rally: Event details
    The final agenda for Destiny Church's Monday 23 August 2004 anti-Civil Unions gathering at Parliament has been announced...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay men are not red-blooded kiwi males?
    Last week's Parliamentary spat stemming from a question from Act MP Deborah Coddington to the Prime Minister seems to define gay men as something separate from red-blooded kiwi men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • When you die where are YOU going?
    In his dying days at Radio Pacific the increasingly bizarre publisher Ian Wishart gets a little freaky-preachy when confronted with a pro-gay caller...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Aug 2003

  • Ellis book author awarded doctorate
    Lynley Hood, author of the controversial book on the Peter Ellis case A City Possessed, has been awarded a doctorate of literature by the University of Otago...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamaki in homophobic TV tirade
    Television evangelist Brian Tamaki has used his slot on TV2 to launch an anti-gay tirade, attacking MPs Georgina Beyer and Tim Barnett, saying that the Human Rights Act had opened the door for sexual perversions and made New Zealand into a "gullible" experimental laboratory for them...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 9 Aug 2002

  • Auckland police senior sergeant Mark Richards resigns after a newspaper "sting". (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Richards resigns despite being cleared of any criminal wrongdoing after he discussed drug use with a newspaper reporter. The Sunday Star Times headline read "Senior policeman at the centre of sex and drugs investigation resigns before facing internal charges".
    Links: Queer News Aotearoa
  • How gay-friendly is our new Parliament?
    While all attention is on the conservatives in Labour's new partner party, United Future, politics columnist Doreen Agasiz-Suddens casts looks further afield, at the MPs who make up the newly-reconstituted Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 9 Aug 1986

  • Gay Games II takes place (San Francisco, United States of America)
    Links: Bay Area Reporter

Fri 9 Aug 1985

  • Television news report: a $500,000 AIDS awareness campaign is launched (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F85700.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports on an AIDS awareness campaign that will cost half a million dollars (New Zealand)

Tue 9 Aug 1983

  • Television: Petition presented to Parliament in protest of pornographic commercial TV advertising (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP16393.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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