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Fri 28 Aug 2020

  • National Schools Pride Week (Wellington)
    Tabby Besley, Managing Director of InsideOUT, talks about the first ever National Schools Pride Week. The week ran 24-28 August 2020 with over 100 schools taking part.
    Features: Tabby Besley
  • JK Rowling returns human rights award to group that criticised her transgender views
    Harry Potter author will return her human rights award after the group said it was disappointed she used her fame to "diminish the identity of trans and nonbinary people”...
    Links: Stuff
  • 5 x Double Passes to Papi Chulo
    Links: Express

Wed 28 Aug 2019

  • Rainbow taonga at Te Papa (2019) (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)
    Curator Stephanie Gibson talks about rainbow taonga held in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    Features: Stephanie Gibson
  • 1 x Family Pass to APO’s Dawn
    Links: Express
  • 2 x GA Tickets to Friday Jams Live 2019
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to American Idiot opening night
    Links: Express

Tue 28 Aug 2018

  • Judge declares Utah women, 1 dead, to be legally married
    SALT LAKE CITY — A 74-year-old woman cried tears of joy when a Utah state judge took the rare step of declaring her and her longtime lesbian partner legally married just months after her wife died...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Mum blames bullies as 9-year-old son takes own life days after coming out as gay
    WARNING - CONFRONTING CONTENT A young boy has taken his own life just four days into the new school year after being bullied for coming out as gay, his mother claims...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • US boy, 9, dies after enduring bullying about being gay
    A US mother says her 9-year-old boy killed himself after being bullied by classmates about being gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ghana to Enforce Compulsory Conversion Therapy Courses?
    Links: Express

Mon 28 Aug 2017

  • BANG! Episode 5: Maybe, Baby
    Melody Thomas leads a frank and often-entertaining exploration into sex, sexuality and intimacy...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Latest: Jack Antonoff, transgender soldiers at VMAs
    LOS ANGELES " The Latest on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, which are being presented Sunday night in Inglewood, California (all times local):3:45 p...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 28 Aug 2016

  • Dana de Milo celebrates her 70th birthday at The Pines (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • 5 x New Radiance Face Serum
    Links: Express
  • Teapot Cocktails and Celebrities at GSWQT Opening Party
    Links: Express

Fri 28 Aug 2015

  • Caitlyn Jenner Says She Wants to Find a Man That Will...
    Links: Express
  • Ricky Martin Blasts Leading Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Over Anti...
    Links: Express
  • Virginia Shooting: Killer Claims He Was a Victim of Homophobia
    Links: Express
  • Participants sought for women's sport study
    Queer and gender diverse Aucklanders who have played in a women's sports team are being sought for a study into sexuality and sport...
  • Then there were two: the dual Gay Ski Weeks
    This weekend not one, but two, Gay Ski Weeks will begin in Queenstown...
  • Visitors arriving for Gay Ski Week QT
    Sally Whitewoods, second from left...

Thu 28 Aug 2014

  • Foodie Bites: Get Schooled
    Links: Express
  • Comment: Sledgehammer(ed)?
    Dirty Politics is a dramatic reassertion of citizen involvement in New Zealand politics...
  • Greens to launch schools report today
    File Photo The Green Party will launch today a report into the safety of lgbti young people in schools, which will show the Education Review Office "is completely failing to detect gross breaches of legal obligations in both individual schools and as a whole"...
  • NZ Falcons join huge training session
    The New Zealand Falcons have joined with teams from all over the world in a massive, wet and muddy, training session led by representatives of the Wallabies and the Waratahs...
  • OITNB coming to TVNZ Ondemand
    TVNZ will offer both the first and second seasons of Orange is the New Black on demand from Monday...
  • Report: Schools failing lgbti students
    Green MP Kevin Hague says a report showing just a third of schools have policies around homophobic bullying, and barely any acknowledge gender diversity at all, “demands action”...
  • Review: Earnest
    Stephen Butterworth's nightclub hostess is Lady Bracknell Earnest Written by Oscar Wilde Directed by Benjamin Henson Musical direction by Robin Kelly Starring Jordan Mooney, David Sutherland, Oscar Wilson, Eli Matthewson, Stephen Butterworth and Jordan Selwyn...
  • Simpson Grierson nabs first Rainbow Tick
    Simpson Grierson Chairman Kevin Jaffe says it's a significant milestone...
  • Three gender options: they already exist
    An incorrect report that Labour’s Rainbow election policy includes a push for three gender options on driver’s licences and passports has prompted transphobic disgust and outrage...

Wed 28 Aug 2013

  • New York Magical History Tour
  • Wall confirms support for Cunliffe
    Louisa Wall Lesbian Labour MP Louisa Wall has confirmed her support for David Cunliffe in the race to lead the party into the next election...

Tue 28 Aug 2012

  • Preserving the NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt at Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)
    Textile conservator Rachael Collinge and textile conservation volunteer Anne Williams talk about the process of preserving the quilt panels
    Features: Anne Williams, Rachael Collinge
  • Banks to vote for 1st reading "because I am"
    John Banks has had a major change in tune since 1986 ACT Leader John Banks has announced he will vote in favour of the first reading of Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill, 26 years on from his vicious opposition to homosexual law reform...
  • Banks' pro-marriage vote "a personal decision"
    John Banks The President of the ACT Party says John Banks made up his own mind to vote in favour of the first reading of Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill...
  • Get ready to rally!
    The sun will be out and the Wellington wind will be mercifully light for Wednesday’s Celebration Rally for Marriage Equality in the capital, ahead of the expected reading of Louisa Wall’s marriage equality Bill at Parliament...
  • HRC firm in stance on ministers' refusal rights
    The Human Rights Commission is unmoved its clear stance that religious ministers will not be compelled to marry anyone in their churches...
  • Lawyer claims ministers will be forced to marry gays
    File photo Despite assurances from both the Human Rights Commission and the upcoming marriage equality bill’s author Louisa Wall that religious ministers will be under no obligation to marry gay couples, right-wing lobby group Family First has produced a lawyer who claims they will...

Sat 28 Aug 2010

  • Community gets chance to hear candidates
    Simon Prast With local body elections just over a month away, gay business associations are ensuring their communities get the chance to hear  what candidates have to say...
  • Eight seasons of camping up the slopes
    Mike, Kitty Glitter and Craig at White Out during Gay Ski Week NZ 2009 It's just one week until hundreds of gay ski bunnies and party chasers begin their descent on Queenstown for the eighth edition of Gay Ski Week – and as the countdown gets into full swing, the excitement from the event's architects is palpable...

Thu 28 Aug 2008

  • Akl: Sexuality explored in new art exhibition
    An art gallery on K' Road will tomorrow present an installation by respected New Zealand artist Christine Webster which examines issues around desire and vulnerability, intimacy and control amongst various heterosexual, bi-sexual, gay and asexual participants...
  • Kylie confirms her first-ever NZ concert
    One of the world's most adored gay icons will perform in New Zealand this December for the first time ever...
  • Lesbian pioneer Del Martin dies aged 87
    Del Martin, a longtime advocate and activist for the LGBT community whose lawsuit for the right to marry her partner of 55 years led to this year's historic California state Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage, died on Wednesday in San Francisco...
  • Parnell church screens gays Vs. Bible film
    A timely documentary film exploring the global conflict between the Church and homosexuality will be screened in Auckland's Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell tomorrow evening...
  • Radio station to set record for girls kissing
    Inspired by the Katy Perry hit I Kissed a Girl (And I Liked It), The Edge radio network's latest promotion aims to set a new world record for girls kissing girls...
  • US: Female partner for gay Dancing star
    Openly-gay former N-Sync boyband singer Lance Bass will be appearing in the American version of Dancing with the Stars – but the producers have decided to team him up with a female dancer...

Tue 28 Aug 2007

  • "Should I come out?"
    Tom writes: I'm 17 and very much in the closet...
  • Diverse Dunedin Pride Week plans for Sept
    Dunedin Pride Week is only two weeks away, and organisers say the days and nights of diverse events will serve and entertain the local LGBT community, and also act as a queer visibility campaign in the city...
  • Murderous mayhem in The Pillowman
    The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh Auckland Theatre Company Directed by Simon Prast Maidment Theatre Violence on the stage is more powerful and shocking than in films, and playwrights since the origin of drama have used sometimes grotesque acts of aggression with abandon...
  • Preparing to welcome 2008 at Vinegar Hill
    This year's 'Queen of Vinegar Hill' says plans are in full swing for another relaxing and enjoyable LGBT New Year retreat in the lower North Island...
  • Sir Ian McKellen: No time for Shorty Street
    Out British Sir Ian McKellen has left New Zealand - without visiting the set of Shortland Street for a cameo appearance...
  • Spice Girl had lesbian 3-some relationship
    UK tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror has claimed that Spice Girl Melanie Brown - also known as Mel B - had a two year relationship with two lesbians...
  • Ten New Zealand gay sex scenes
    Author, JACK editor and social comentator David Herkt lines up ten classic locations for gay encounters in Aotearoa to get you started on your own erotic writing...

Mon 28 Aug 2006

  • The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is welcoming Pharmac's approval of the “revolutionary” new HIV medication Fuzeon (AKA enfuvirtide or T20)...
  • Brash donates cash to Rainbow Youth
    The Leader of the Opposition, Dr Don Brash, has donated money to Rainbow Youth, after “very much enjoying” the ‘We Are Family' variety show held as a fundraiser for the organisation, which provides support and networking for Auckland LGBT youth...
  • Mika, long may you reign!
    Urging us groovy people to shake our pearls, Mika returned to our screens in prime time on the Maori channel on Sunday night...
  • Philip Patston on… Words that don’t come easy
    Philip Patston I've always been strong on the belief that words matter...

Sat 28 Aug 2004

  • Does Hamish s swimwear support Destiny?
    Gay swimmer, athlete and writer Chris Dempsey writes an open letter to a director of Orca swimwear who is a supporter of the Destiny Church and the "Enough is Enough" campaign...
  • Dunne backpedals over Destiny
    United Future leader Peter Dunne has attempted to distance his party from the "black-shirted heavies" of Destiny Church, but has stopped short of acknowledging that gays and lesbians would be offended by the TV church's hate march...

Sat 28 Aug 1954

  • Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme are convicted of murdering Pauline's mother Honora Rieper (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Parker and Hulme were given indeterminate sentences in different prisons and released after five years.
    Links: Te Ara, Wikipedia, Guardian,

Fri 28 Aug 1908

  • Dennis William Quill appears in court charged with being idle and disorderly (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Quill was arrested wearing female attire near Pirie Street. He assured the judge that he bought the clothing out of "sheer devilment" and was wearing them for a similar fantasy. The charge was dismissed.
    Links: Evening Post

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