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Thu 17 Sep 2020

  • Book review - Real Life by Brandon Taylor
    Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews Real Life by Brandon Taylor, published by Daunt Books...
    Links: RNZ
  • Home and Living: Tips for Selling Your Home
    Links: Express
  • Tamati Coffey’s Family Values
    Links: Express
  • What Chlöe Wants
    Links: Express

Tue 17 Sep 2019

  • Maori students report most discrimination by teachers
    An Education Ministry report shows racism in schools is more likely to come from teachers than from students, and Maori and Pasifika teenagers are bearing the brunt of it...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Three T’s Leading This Season’s Trends
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Sep 2018

  • NZ’s First Openly Gay Priest: “We are now fully included and...
    Links: Express

Sun 17 Sep 2017

  • Mr Gay Syria highlights plight of gay Syrian refugees
    As the winner of the inaugural Mr Gay Syria, Husein Sabat shouldered a heavier burden than most pageant winners...
    Links: Stuff

Sat 17 Sep 2016

  • Replacement sought for departed parade producer
    The Auckland Pride Parade is looking for a new parade producer after the departure of this year's producer, Nick Davion...

Thu 17 Sep 2015

  • Gay and Asian and a New Zealander
    Links: Express
  • Kremlin Denies Elton John’s Claim That Vladimir Putin Called to Discuss...
    Links: Express
  • Turnbull holds Abbott's marriage line
    New Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull is backing a plebiscite, or public vote, on the issue of marriage equality, despite earlier backing calls for Coalition MPs to be allowed a free vote...

Wed 17 Sep 2014

  • Avoiding The Immigration Minefield
    Links: Express
  • Kate Monroe
    Links: Express
  • Kiss and Tell: What Keeps the Rumour Mill Spinning
    Links: Express
  • Trans people did "heavy lifting" Ellis says
    Kelly Ellis Labour candidate and TransAdvocates co-founder Kelly Ellis is rejecting the Green Party’s claims it did the “heavy lifting” on the issue of where trans prisoners are housed...

Mon 17 Sep 2012

  • Jeremy - Q12 (Napier)
    Jeremy talks about being young and gay in 2012
  • Joseph - Q12 (Napier)
    Joseph talks about being young and gay in 2012
  • Kevin Hague - Rainbow Politicians (Wellington)
    Kevin Hague from the Green Party talks about being a Member of Parliament
    Features: Kevin Hague
  • Wellington helpline considers ringing changes
    File photo Wellington’s gay helpline may merge with Auckland-based OUTLine’s national 0800 help service...

Sat 17 Sep 2011

  • How do we make it better?
    A powerful report released by out Green MP Kevin Hague at Hamilton Pride this afternoon makes it clear New Zealand is still a hostile environment for vulnerable queer youth, something which is said to primarily stem from to the common public assumption everyone is straight...

Fri 17 Sep 2010

  • Presentation to students includes porn surprise
    Norwin High Students at a Pennsylvania high school have been accidentally shown gay porn pictures during a school assembly...

Thu 17 Sep 2009

  • US: 1st gay couple for TV 'Newlywed Game'
    Star couple ex-Star Trek star George Takei and his businessman partner Brad Altman will become the first-ever gay couple to appear in long-running TV gameshow The Newlywed Game when it returns soon...

Wed 17 Sep 2008

  • West Auckland police hunt anti-gay tagger
    Police in West Auckland are seeking information about a yellow spray paint tagger who has been leaving gay-related slogans on vehicles and buildings in New Lynn...

Mon 17 Sep 2007

  • UK: New calendar shows nude trans men
    Beefy firemen, hunky cops and French Rugby players have all famously stripped off for cheeky nude calendars...

Sun 17 Sep 2006

  • Rumour debunked: "PM's husband not gay"
    A "mystery man" pictured in the latest Investigate magazine embracing Peter Davis, the husband of Prime Minister Helen Clark, has scotched suggestions Davis is gay...

Sat 17 Sep 2005

  • Herne Bay House: "Get over it"
    Auckland City Mission CEO Dianne Robertson has said a large number of the gay community opposed the closure of its AIDS hospice Herne Bay House because of strong emotional connections to it, but that essentially people need to get over it...

Fri 17 Sep 2004

  • Peter Wells writes about the killing of David McNee (New Zealand)
    Wells writes an article for the Listener about the trial of Phillip Layton Edwards who killed David McNee in Auckland. The article begins "Listening to a dead person being made responsible for their own violent death is an odd sensation." Later in the article Wells makes the point "It is impossible in New Zealand - and many other countries - to murder a homosexual. It is possible to be found guilty of manslaughter. The underlying message is that any homosexual's life is of little value."
    Links: Listener
  • Methodists compromise on gay ministers
    Gay and lesbian people can be ordained in the church, but gay ministers may still be kept out of parishes where they are not welcome, the Methodist Church of New Zealand has decided...

Tue 17 Sep 2002

  • United Future Timeline
    A GayNZ...

Sat 17 Sep 1994

  • The Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre (LILAC) opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The Centre is for women-oriented women and holds the largest accessible collection of lesbian books and other materials in New Zealand.
    Links: LILAC

Tue 17 Sep 1991

  • Television news report: Hollywood stars raise money for AIDS research (United States of America)
    TV3 news, ref F106019.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Tue 17 Sep 1985

Fri 17 Sep 1982

Fri 17 Sep 1976

  • Gay Liberation Wellington take part in an abortion march to mark Suffrage Day (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The group marches under the banner "Free Our Sisters - Free Ourselves"
    Links: Saliant

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