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Tue 17 Aug 2021

  • RuPaul Reveals First Wax Figure ‘Out of Drag’ at Madame Tussauds
    Links: Express
  • Sydney and Auckland’s Rainbow Communities Mourn Death of Francis Mossman
    Links: Express
  • Tom Daley Almost Didn’t Make The Tokyo Olympics Following Surgery
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Aug 2020

  • 90 Year Grandfather Comes Out as Gay, Searches for Long Lost...
    Links: Express
  • Drag Queen Children’s Events Postponed in Timaru, Amidst Conservative Christian Backlash
    Links: Express

Sat 17 Aug 2019

  • Out and About @ G.A.Y and Family Bar
    Links: Express
  • Review: ATC’s Six Degrees of Seperation
    Links: Express

Fri 17 Aug 2018

  • America's first transgender candidate for governor
    Vermont democrats have chosen transgender woman Christine Hallquist as their candidate for governor...
    Links: RNZ
  • Austria official disciplined after gay Afghan migrant ruling
    BERLIN — Austria's asylum authority says it has disciplined an employee and regrets "linguistic lapses" on his part following a cliche-ridden decision in which an Afghan man's application for asylum on the grounds of his homosexuality...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Challenge Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
    Today thousands of students across New Zealand will take a vow of silence, to draw attention to the silence surrounding homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in their schools and communities...
    Links: Scoop
  • Meet Home And Away's first gay teen
    Home And Away's Darius Williams clearly recalls where he was when Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage in 2017...
    Links: Stuff
  • Not gay enough: Afghan teen loses Austrian asylum case
    To be granted asylum as an LGBT refugee in Austria, there are a number of criteria an applicant should apparently meet if they want their application to succeed...
    Links: Stuff
  • Outrage over gay character casting
    There's been outrage after a straight man was cast as Disney's first gay film character...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Panel with Ali Jones and Mark Knoff-Thomas (Part 2)
    She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; and Rolling Stone magazine ranked her as the Greatest Artist Of All Time...
    Links: RNZ
  • Trans candidate wants to restore democracy 'in spite of a despot'
    The United States' first transgender nominee for governor says there is a "tidal wave" flowing against the "hatred and bigotry" of Donald Trump...
    Links: RNZ
  • Nelson Anglicans Refuse to Bless Same-Sex Couples
    Links: Express
  • Otago’s First Pink Youth Ball
    Links: Express

Wed 17 Aug 2016

  • Review: Love, Loneliness, and Shame in Hippolytus Veiled
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Aug 2015

  • Ask Agony Aunt Lisa: Is She Going to Yoga or Having...
    Links: Express
  • Benjamin Henson to Direct 2016’s Summer Shakespeare, With Cast Auditions Now...
    Links: Express
  • Marriage Equality Bill Introduced to Australian Parliament With Warning Over ‘Divided...
    Links: Express
  • Aus marriage Bill introduced to Parliament
    "This bill is designed to create an inclusive Australia, not a divided one" - Liberal MP Warren Entsch has presented a marriage equality bill in Australia, as a poll has found 69 per cent of Aussies back same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aus: New poll backs marriage equality
    A same-sex marriage bill will be introduced into Australia’s Parliament today, however it’s unlikely to make it to a vote...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • English rugby league player comes out
    Keegan Hirst hopes his decision to be open will help others The captain of a second-tier English rugby league side has come out, making him the third professional openly-gay player in the sport...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Range of events planned for Hamilton Pride
    Hamilton Pride Week will be launched with a party on Friday 11 September, with a family picnic, quiz night, doggy day out and workshop on pleasure among the events announced so far...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Aug 2014

  • Gladiator Glory – Legend Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Sassy Saturday w/ Miss Ribena – Poof Bar
    Links: Express
  • Saucy Saturday – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Bangkok: "Relentless" HIV rates reported
    A recent study has shown a “relentlessly accumulating epidemic” among young gay men and transgender women in Bangkok that Thai health workers are looking for ways to reverse...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Catching up with playwright Sam Brooks
    Auckland's Sam Brooks has made waves with clever and striking works like Another Dead Fag, Queen and Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Facebook defends campaign donation
    Sean Reyes Social media titan Facebook has responded to criticism it’s facing for donating $10,000 to the re-election campaign of a Utah politician who is against same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hate church may picket Williams' funeral
    Church members promote their message Members of the hate-fueled and anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in the USA are planning to picket the funeral of actor Robin Williams, apparently due to his portraying a gay man in the movie The Birdcage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jackson may film tragic sex-change story
    David Reimer as a girl Film-maker Sir Peter Jackson is reportedly considering making a movie based on the experience of a Canadian man who a New Zealand doctor tried unsuccessfully to turn into a woman...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Same-sex couples in surrogacy drama
    One of two Australian same-sex couples who were last week prevented from leaving Thailand with children carried by a surrogate mother have apparently been allowed to leave with their children...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Time running out to make voting simple
    Election officials are warning that time is running out to get enrolled to cast an easy vote in the election on 20 September...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 17 Aug 2013

  • At least 31 same-sex marriages on Monday
    At least thirty-one same sex couples will be marrying this Monday, the first day on which they can do so in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • QandA: Marriage changes
    Questions, questions, questions! So many questions as the day marriage equality comes into force nears! The amazing people at Births Deaths and Marriages have answers for you here...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queenstown winter wedding draw opens
    Sally and Mandy Whitewoods A same-sex winter wedding is up for grabs in a just-announced promotion organised in association with Gay Ski Week early next month...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Aug 2012

  • Changes imminent for Out Wellington Inc Board
    Out Wellington Inc will hold its AGM tomorrow, where a new board will be voted in...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Official Ugandan sites hacked by gay activists
    Gay rights activists have hacked several Ugandan government websites and posted messages slamming the harassment of gay and lesbian Ugandans...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Parenting - a grandmother's view
    Sally, Sue and George enjoy time together...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • PI opposition "not as strong as some might think"
    Reverend Uesifili Unasa The Auckland Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel is throwing out claims opposition to marriage equality is overwhelming among the city’s Pacific community...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rally planned for day of marriage bill reading
    File photo The first reading of Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill is pencilled in for Wednesday 29 August, with a march and rally being planned in Wellington which will culminate in what’s hoped to be a “packed” public gallery at Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 Aug 2011

  • Capill granted parole after six years in jail
    Anti-gay former Christian Heritage leader Capill has been granted parole, just over six years into a nine year sentence for sexually abusing children...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jonathan Kirkpatrick admits defrauding AUT
    Gay Auckland man Jonathan Kirkpatrick has pleaded guilty to defrauding AUT of more than half a million dollars...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Out@Work Council readies for election
    The Out@Work Council is meeting today to discuss key issues for glbt workers heading into the election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Christopher + His Kind
    From heady hedonism to the horror of Nazi Germany, Christopher and His Kind portrays the stark change in Berlin in the early 30s through the eyes of the writer Christopher Isherwood of A Single Man fame...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Students 'cream John Key' in day of protests
    Rallies and protests are being held across the country by students who are set against a Bill which would make tertiary union membership voluntary...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Aug 2010

  • Anger over "penguins and AIDS" comment
    Concern is being expressed about a column in the Southland Times, which insinuates AIDS is somehow funny...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hold on same-sex marriage in California
    A hold has been put on same-sex couples marrying in California, while a US appeals court considers the legality of Proposition 8...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Living butch?
    Pagan Kael and Sand Woods Do you identify with the term butch? Well if you do, a couple of proud butch women are seeking your story for an anthology they are putting together featuring "the good, the bad and the ugly" of living butch in New Zealand and Australia...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New executive for Out Wellington
    Out in the Square A new executive team has taken the reins at Out Wellington for the year ahead...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 17 Aug 2009

  • Ambach costs start at $170,000
    Legal aid supplied to the man who escaped a murder conviction after beating elderly gay Onehunga man Ronald Brown to death cost just on $170,000...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Anti-gay panic' bill debate starts tomorrow
    Parliament will tomorrow begin debating a bill which seeks to strike 'gay panic' off the law books as a legitimate way to escape a murder verdict, and which is considered likely to get broad across-party support...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Barebacking Versus Decriminalised Sex Work
    In the latest DNA, Rob Marshment has a rather depressing tale of the latest machinations from fringe 'bareback' DVD producers, involving a sordid murder case...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brad Pitt makes another gay marriage stand
    Movie star Brad Pitt has climbed back on his gay marriage soapbox, this time on American television...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • George Michael survives serious car crash
    Gay singer George Michael has narrowly escaped injury after his car was involved in a serious collision with a truck...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Youth group stays out of donations row
    Rainbow Youth is declining to be drawn into the controversy surrounding the proportion of TVNZ's Dancing with the Stars phone voting proceeds extracted for administration costs...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Aug 2008

  • A lesbian civil union on Takataapui TV
    The next episode of Maori Television's LGBT programme Takataapui will be broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday 18 August: It's a hand-in-hand walk down the rainbow carpet-covered aisle for Claudette Hauiti and Nadine Mau as they celebrate their fabulous takataapui Civil Union...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Getting a job? Sexual orientation should be a non-issue
    Getting a Job: The HRC's advice booklet Can potential employers ask you about your sexual orientation? No, says a new guide from the Human Rights Commission...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Shakespeare made more gay in Dunedin
    Theatre director Neal Barber wants to accentuate the gay relationships which feature in The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's more minor comedies, when it's staged in Dunedin's Globe Theatre this month...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US: Wrestlers dismissed over nude photos
    Two young wrestlers from Nebraska, including a former championship winner, have been dismissed from their team after posing naked for videos and photos on a gay porn website...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 17 Aug 2007

  • Alienation: The Bahai faith and LGBT equality
    I'm reluctant to write this piece...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brown girls in the ring: Fa'afafine Boxing!
    After a lengthy drive to the very South Auckland suburb of Otara we arrived just in time...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF's new Trust Deed: Voting in Sept
    A review of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's founding legal documents over the past year has culminated in a new draft Trust Deed, which members will have an opportunity to vote on in September at a Special General Meeting...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • WGN: Planning future Gay and Lesbian Fairs
    On Wednesday 29th August, Rainbow Wellington and the 2007 Gay and Lesbian Fair committee will be holding a meeting of people who have been involved with the Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair to discuss the event's future...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 17 Aug 2006

  • AKL:
    Auckland's iconic K Road gay club, G...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • BSA: Radio Live
    The Broadcasting Standards Authority says Radio Live is “wrong” in claiming that balance is not required for talkback radio, whereas it is for the news...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Paradise lost - breaking sport's big taboo
    Fasitua Amosa The locker room of an American baseball team – complete with working showers for twelve buff men, dressed in nothing more than towels (if that) – is being recreated onstage for the Auckland season of the play ‘Take Me Out'...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • What are you playing at Mr Tamihere?
    Uri Khein pens an open letter to Radio Live's resident on-air homophobe, advising him to address his callow and addictive prejudice against gays...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 17 Aug 2005

  • Herald takes lesson from moral minority
    The NZ Herald has taken a lesson in "morality" from what it terms the "moral minority", and their consensus is clear: gays are immoral...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 17 Aug 2004

  • Destiny Church and the US Christian Right
    When I had a look at Destiny Church's "Enough is Enough" lineup, something interesting caught my eye...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Moral outrage should stop gay mums
    The Maxim Institute would like to see moral outrage preventing lesbians from becoming mothers via sperm donation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Protests a reminder of dark days
    The Destiny Church protests are a reminder of the darker days of history, says Associate Justice Minister David Benson-Pope...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 17 Aug 2003

  • Backlash helped to defeat Death with Dignity Bill
    WELLINGTON - The Leader of the Opposition, Bill English, says he was surprised the Death with Dignity Bill was defeated on July 30, at its first reading in Parliament...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Broadcasting Standards and Lesbian/Gay Rights
    If someone wanted to complain about the content of Brian Tamaki's recent outburst on his Destiny Television TV2 slot, how would they go about it? I decided to review Broadcasting Standards Authority decisions related to lesbian and gay rights...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Creche children speak out against Ellis
    Two former Christchurch Civic Creche children, now aged 17, have broken their silence to repeat allegations that they were victims of satanic ritual abuse perpetuated by Peter Ellis...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nude Mika photo upsets Christchurch Christians
    A full-frontal nude photograph of cabaret star Mika wearing false breasts has caused a mini-furore at the Christchurch Art Gallery amongst middle-aged Christian women, all of whom have complained in writing to the gallery asking for the picture's removal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Video single and tour for Charlotte Yates
    Wellington-based singer/songwriter Charlotte Yates has just released a video for her new single Ruins Of Love, and is about to embark on a series of main-centre concerts around the country in support of her new album Plainsong...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 17 Aug 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS a growing problem in Switzerland (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F93540.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 17 Aug 1984

  • AIDS Awareness roadshow continues in Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Bruce Burnett from the newly formed AIDS Support Network continues a one person roadshow to educate at risk communities about HIV/AIDS. The roadshow lasts a month and covers Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North(?), Rotorua and Auckland.

Wed 17 Aug 1983

  • Television: interview with Garfield Johnson about the Johnson Report and sex education (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP110524. An interview with Garfield Johnson, the chair of the committee which published the Johnson Report. The Johnson Report's recommendation was that sex education should be made available in primary and intermediate schools.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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