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Fri 30 Aug 2019

  • Friday's world news: What's making the headlines around the globe
    HK activist arrests, FARC returns to Colombia, UK Labour vows to stop no-deal Brexit, Trump launches US Space Command, Gay gene ruled out, and more...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lil Nas X first openly gay man to get CMA award nomination
    US musician Lil Nas X has become the first openly gay man to receive a Country Music Association Award nomination for the chart-topping 'Old Town Road (Remix)...
    Links: RNZ
  • There's no 'gay gene,' but genetics are linked to same-sex behavior, study says
    However genetics, along with environment, play a part in shaping sexuality, a massive new study shows...
    Links: Stuff
  • There's no 'gay gene,' but genetics are linked to same-sex behaviour, new study says
    There is no one gene that determines a person's sexual orientation, but genetics - along with environment - play a part in shaping sexuality, a massive new study shows...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Troye Sivan slams NZ magazine's 'inappropriate', 'invasive' sex questions
    Sivan says Gay Express' questions about his sex life were "wildly invasive, strange and inappropriate​"...
    Links: Stuff

Thu 30 Aug 2018

  • The Pentagon, China, Brunei, LGBTI and Islamic Shariah Law
    By Richard S...
    Links: Scoop
  • The Power of P!NK
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Lights Up in Rainbows to Celebrate ILGA Conference
    Links: Express

Wed 30 Aug 2017

  • Annette King says having transgender ex-husband means she understands the community's needs
    Her first husband was transgender, so veteran Labour MP Annette King says she understands that group's "desperate need" for services...
    Links: Stuff
  • Annette King understands: 'I was married to a transgender person'
    Former Health Minister Annette King has told students that having once been married to a transgender person means she understands the need for more government support...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • NZ's first pro transgender wrestler aiming high
    By Carla Penman New Zealand's first professional transgender wrestler thinks the sky is the limit...
    Links: NZ Herald

Tue 30 Aug 2016

  • Call for Submissions on Petition to Reverse Historic Homosexual Convictions
    Links: Express
  • Theme Winner Announced for Auckland Pride 2017!
    Links: Express
  • Trump launches t-shirts for LGBTI supporters
    US presidential candidate Donald Trump is now selling rainbow t-shirts for LGBTI people to declare their support for him...

Sun 30 Aug 2015

  • Samoan-English Sevens player comes out
    Samoan-English Sevens player Sam Stanley, nephew of an All Black great and a member of one of rugby’s most well-known families, has come out...

Sat 30 Aug 2014

  • Beauty, Youth and Beats – Legend Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Colourful Antics – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Friday Frolics – Poof Bar
    Links: Express
  • Updated: Judith Collins has resigned
    Justice Minister Judith Collins, who among many other things, has been accused of throwing transgender New Zealanders "under the bus" has resigned from Cabinet...

Fri 30 Aug 2013

  • Robertson to Tamihere: Judge me on my politics
    Grant Robertson Despite his sexuality being a constant topic of questioning in a Radio Live interview this afternoon Labour leadership candidate Grant Robertson has reiterated that he's not standing as a gay man but as a politician with a jobs, homes and schools agenda...

Thu 30 Aug 2012

  • Victory celebrated, as groups look to next barrier
    A number of pro-equality groups are expressing delight Louisa Wall's marriage equality Bill has passed its first reading, while also pointing out there is a long way to go...

Mon 30 Aug 2010

  • Jane Lynch nabs Emmy, thanks wife
    Jane Lynch Lesbian actress Jane Lynch thanked her wife as she won an Emmy for her role in Glee...

Sat 30 Aug 2008

  • TVNZ debate to tackle gay media
    The question 'How well does New Zealand's gay media serve its community?' will be addressed in a panel discussion to be transmitted on TVNZ's digital channel 7 this week...

Thu 30 Aug 2007

  • HIV worker's ashes scattered on Mt Vic
    The ashes of a high profile Wellington HIV outreach and support volunteer have been scattered on Mt Victoria after he died of an AIDS-related illness...

Wed 30 Aug 2006

  • Television news reports: Zimbabwean refugees may be allowed to remain in New Zealand even if they are HIV positive (New Zealand)
    One news, ref F95238 and TV3 news, ref F95240.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
  • Clarkson lets rip with antigay attack
    National MP Bob Clarkson has let loose with a vitriolic attack on gays, saying they are not normal, there are too many in Parliament, and gay parades are as distasteful as picking your nose in public...

Tue 30 Aug 2005

  • Why the Blood Service doesn't want you
    Even in 2005, being a gay man automatically makes you unwelcome as a blood donor because it's feared you may have HIV...

Mon 30 Aug 2004

  • UF up in polls, continues gaybashing
    United Future is continuing to abuse gay and lesbian New Zealanders publicly, while their support begins to grow...

Sun 30 Aug 1998

  • Artist Toss Woollaston dies (Tasman region, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

Sat 30 Aug 1986

  • A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

Fri 30 Aug 1985

  • The national gay and lesbian Bigot Busters Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Approximately 150 people attend the conference at Victoria University.
    Links: LAGANZ

Thu 30 Aug 1984

  • Television: The Auckland Blood Transfusion Service say that all precaution is taken to prevent patients from contracting AIDS, but that they can make no guarantees (Auckland, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP130997.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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