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Tue 25 Aug 2020

  • Call to Decimalise Homosexuality in the Cook Islands
    Links: Express
  • Call to Decriminalise Homosexuality in the Cook Islands
    Links: Express

Sun 25 Aug 2019

  • To some, this queer couple looks straight. For him, that's okay. But for her, it feels 'like a lie'.
    When Kate Murray and Andy Arnold first started dating in their early twenties, they were part of a tight knit group of lesbian friends in Washington, DC...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Locker Room – The NZ Falcons Strip!
    Links: Express
  • Study Highlights Disturbing Global Reach Of ‘Conversion Therapy’
    Links: Express

Sat 25 Aug 2018

  • Launch of the ILGA World Conference 2019 (Wellington)
    Audio from the launch of the ILGA World Conference 2019, held at the National Library of New Zealand on 24 August 2018.
    Features: Andre du Plessis, Elizabeth Kerekere, Georgina Beyer, Helen Kennedy, Kevin Haunui, Tiwhanawhana, Tony Nightingale
  • Chelsea Manning - Traitor or hero?
    Chelsea Manning is an activist, politician, and former US army solider...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lizzie Marvelly - Growing up feminist in Aotearoa
    Lizzie Marvelly is a musician and multi-media writer and producer...
    Links: RNZ

Fri 25 Aug 2017

  • Lesbian who invented 15 rapes, sexual assaults jailed for 10 years
    By Victoria Ward A fantasist who invented rape and sexual assault allegations against 15 men to get attention from her girlfriend has been jailed for 10 years...
    Links: NZ Herald

Thu 25 Aug 2016

  • Concepts Matter: A Game of Two Halves in The Absurdity of...
    Links: Express
  • Diversity a Key Theme at Gay Ski Week QT
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi GLBT Leader in Germany Diagnosed with Cancer
    Links: Express
  • WikiLeaks outs gay Saudi men, endangering safety
    WikiLeaks has outed gay men in Saudi Arabia - a country in which homosexuality is punishable by death - by publishing government data online...

Tue 25 Aug 2015

  • Exclusive: Fabulous, Famous and a Queen
    Links: Express
  • Family Celebrates 10 Years! (Part 2)
    Links: Express
  • United Nations Security Council Holds First Ever Meeting on GLBT Rights
    Links: Express
  • Released letters show Turing's "turmoil"
    Alan Turing A family member has allowed the publication of three letters Alan Turing wrote to a friend after he was sentenced to chemical castration...

Mon 25 Aug 2014

  • Family Bars 9th Birthday Part One – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Family Bars 9th Birthday Part Two – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • LYC Chargers Vying For Top Spot In Mixed Grade Touch Tournament.
    Links: Express
  • Wall to launch Akl Uni's Pride Week
    Louisa Wall with supporters at last night's birthday party for Family Bar Auckland University’s first-ever Pride Week will be launched this afternoon, with Labour MP Louisa Wall as a special guest...

Sun 25 Aug 2013

  • Williams: Robertson's sexuality a problem
    Grant Robertson Grant Robertson's homosexuality could work against him in his bid to become the next leader of the Labour party, according to a past president of the party...

Sat 25 Aug 2012

  • Rufus Wainwright gets hitched in New York
    Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt Musician Rufus Wainwright has married his long-time partner Jorn Weisbrodt in Long Island...

Thu 25 Aug 2011

  • Mika's Aroha Mardi Gras set to entertain
    A bit of gay culture will be thrown into the melting pot of entertainment that is on the boil for Mika's Aroha Mardi Gras...

Wed 25 Aug 2010

  • Soldiers don’t want gay roommates
    General James Conway The top US Marine General James Conway claims most soldiers would prefer not to share a room with a gay colleague...

Tue 25 Aug 2009

  • Whangai: The Maori Stake in Adoption Reform
    Why shouldn't any reform of the Adoption Act 1955 incorporate Maori values and family structures? We'll have to face this question when the reform takes place, so I thought I'd help shift the discussion forward now...

Mon 25 Aug 2008

  • Same sex marriage in doubt says Barnett
    The retiring MP who spearheaded the successful campaign to legally acknowledge same sex relationships in New Zealand, via the controversial Civil Unions legislation, has tonight thrown doubt on whether legal same-sex marriage will become available to glbt Kiwis any time soon, or ever...

Sat 25 Aug 2007

  • Sir Ian McKellen's Shortland Street plan
    Out and proud actor Sir Ian McKellen may have a cameo role on Shortland Street, if he doesn't decide to head to bed instead, reports the NZ Herald...

Fri 25 Aug 2006

  • New Mika show hits primetime TV
    A new television series hosted by Auckland performer Mika, hits New Zealand primetime television this Sunday evening at 8pm...

Thu 25 Aug 2005

  • Living the gay life, Queenstown-style
    When the idea of Gay Ski Week was first mooted in Queenstown, apparently the local police weren't too keen on the idea, or so goes a rumour I heard while I was there...

Wed 25 Aug 2004

  • The Dominion Post publishes a Tom Scott cartoon mocking the Enough is Enough march (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The text on the cartoon reads "I know this is not the right place or time, Kev, but you're really hot in those black pants".
    Links: Alexander Turnbull Library
  • School hires hall to TV church
    Students at Wellington High are sickened by their school prostituting itself to Destiny by hiring out its hall to the television church at weekends...

Mon 25 Aug 2003

  • Rise and Shine - The Graeme Kennedy Story
    At 24 years of age, Graeme Kennedy had just experienced the death of his partner after a long illness...

Sun 25 Aug 1991

  • Singer Sue Dunlop performs at the North by Northwest cafe (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Dunlop's performance includes Better than normal.

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