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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
  • Visitors arriving for Gay Ski Week QT
    Sally Whitewoods, second from left...

Thu 28 Aug 2014

  • Foodie Bites: Get Schooled
    Links: Express
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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