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Sun 18 Sep 2022

  • Northland waka ama competitors sprint to success in England
    Northland's Ngatiwai iwi has a proud tradition of paddling, and this pride translated into success at last month's World Sprint Championships in England...
    Links: RNZ

Wed 18 Sep 2019

  • Girls Rock! Aotearoa Returns to Tāmaki Makaurau
    Girls Rock! Tāmaki Makaurau has been helping young women, transgender and gender-non-conforming youth form bands, build instrumental skills, and write original songs since 2018, and now the 2020 programme is set to be bigger than ever...
    Links: Scoop

Mon 18 Sep 2017

  • 'Why did they kill our child?' Cops shoot dead LGBT Pride leader
    The parents of a Georgia Tech student who was shot dead by campus cops late Saturday night say their child didn't have to die...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Hubbard Qualifies for the Commonwealths, Makes History
    Links: Express
  • Lexie Matheson Takes Bronze at World Karate Champs
    Links: Express

Sun 18 Sep 2016

  • Cut-Throat Theatre: The Triumph of Sweeney Todd
    Links: Express
  • Lick Auckland with Danielle Cormack
    Links: Express
  • Remixing Homo House
    Links: Express
  • GALS concert to feature organist Nick Forbes
    Nick Forbes The last concert of the year for Auckland's GALS choir will make the most of its venue, the Pitt Street Methodist Church, to feature its musical director's skills as an organist...

Fri 18 Sep 2015

  • Argentina Ends Gay Blood Ban
    Links: Express
  • Call for Body Positive board to resign
    The governing board of HIV+ people's peer support and advocacy organisation Body Positive has this evening been served with a petition calling for a vote of no confidence by a group of its members...
  • Help a songbird soar: Luana Howard
    Luana Howard thought she may never make it as a young mezzo-soprano, but she has made it to the end of her third year of a double degree in Music and Italian at the NZSM and Victoria University...

Thu 18 Sep 2014

  • Homophobic Officials use Grindr to Hunt Gay Men in Egypt
    Links: Express
  • Samuel Levi
    Links: Express
  • Worlds Sexiest Religious Calendar is Back for 2015
    Links: Express
  • Colin Craig's press secretary quits
    UPDATED: Colin Craig says he had no idea his press secretary had quit until media asked him about it this morning...
  • Comment: Fear of a green planet?
    Why are the National Party so hell-bent on alienating the environmental movement and could it cost them a prolonged period in the political wilderness? Regardless of the fact that Green Parties have formed short-lived coalitions with centre-right parties in German state legislatures and Tasmania, New Zealand's Key administration seems determined to alienate the environmental movement and its allied Green Party, despite the fact that green political parties appeal to highly educated liberal professional voters...
  • Dragulator: the politics edition
    Plenty of hard questions have been asked this election campaign...
  • Moa and Lawless for Greens closer
    Lucy Lawless is a Green Party supporter Anika Moa and Lucy Lawless will help the Green Party close its election campaign in Auckland this afternoon...

Wed 18 Sep 2013

  • Auckland invests $100K in Pride for $500k return
    Auckland War Memorial Museum lit up for Pride 2013 The Auckland Pride Festival and Parade in 2014 will receive around $100,000 from Auckland City council to ensure the celebration of glbti life returns next year, in the expectation that it will generate five times that amount for the city...
  • Auckland Pride 2014 dates confirmed
    Bear Week is one of this year's Pride Festival events which will return next February Next year's Auckland Pride Festival will run for two weeks and three weekends, from Friday 7th February through to Sunday 23rd...
  • Chartering homophobia
    Charter schools may become a possible liability for the Key administration, unless certain steps are taken...
  • New Auckland Pride Parade director named
    Richard Taki Richard Taki has been selected as the new Parade Director for Auckland Pride 2014...

Tue 18 Sep 2012

  • Benji Watt - Q12 (Wellington)
    Benji Watt, producer of Q12 The Tour, talks about the tour and his personal journey
    Features: Benji Watt
  • Anti-equality MP shuns Masterton debate
    John Hayes during the debate on the bill's first reading Masterton’s Town Hall will host a debate on marriage equality tonight, where the local MP will be conspicuous by his absence...
  • Classy charity auction returning to The Langham
    MC Ali Mau with partner Karleen Edmonds and friends at last year's GABA Gold auction GABA’s night of glam, its Charity Auction and Dinner, will return to the Langham Hotel next month...
  • Everett "uninformed" over two dads comment
    Rupert Everett Gay actor Rupert Everett’s latest outburst that he: "can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads" is being slammed as outdated, uninformed and insulting...
  • Mr Gay Wellington 2012: Sam McLeod
    Meet the new Mr Gay Wellington Sam McLeod, a musical theatre major who took out the prize at Bodega over the weekend...
  • Uganda: play's producer released from jail
    David Cecil British producer David Cecil has been released from a Ugandan jail, but could still face up to two years in prison for staging a play about a gay man in the conservative African nation...
  • UN "Born Free and Equal" report welcomed
    Labour’s Rainbow Caucus Chair Louisa Wall says marriage equality is a step New Zealand can take to meet our obligations under a new report from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights...

Sat 18 Sep 2010

  • Gay ex-principal deregistered over fraud
    A gay former Waikato school principal has been deregistered for selling school property for personal gain, at the same time as he is taking a case to the Human Rights Commission alleging he was harassed due to his sexuality...
  • Kelly and Marjorie's Civil Union
    "It had been a topic of conversation quite early on in the relationship...
  • Menfriends reopens, Sleaze Party going ahead
    Damage at the back of Menfriends Christchurch cruise club Menfriends is today back in business, two weeks after the damaging 7...
  • NZAF 25th: Response to HIV must remain rational
    Tony Hughes The NZ AIDS Foundation has a proud history of confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic rationally, a packed gala dinner audience heard tonight...
  • Sasha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
    Freddie Mercury British comic actor Sasha Baron Cohen has been signed to play bisexual superstar Freddie Mercury in a biopic scheduled to begin filming next year...

Fri 18 Sep 2009

  • Ambach sentenced to twelve years
  • Family calm after "crazed" killer sentenced
  • Mixed reaction to Ambach sentencing
  • OUTLine cuts back staff and trims services
    New Zealand's critically broke national glbt telephone counseling and advocacy organisation is cutting staff and preparing to retrench services as it faces an all but empty bank account and dried up funding sources...

Thu 18 Sep 2008

  • Brad Pitt fights for gay marriage with $100K
    Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt says he'll donate US$100,000 to fight California's controversial Proposition 8, which would eliminate same-sex couples' right to marry...
  • Quick Quiz: The TV shows
    Ten quick questions to test your LGBT television knowledge...
  • HIV increasing, Aussie gay men warned
    HIV cases in Australia have risen by almost 50% in the last eight years, prompting health experts to ask the government for more money to fight the epidemic...
  • Medlyn and Mau join Queen of Universe show
    2008 is the fifth anniversary of the Queen of the Whole Universe pageant and its creative director says this year there'll be a record number of entertainers on stage, including opera-singing star Helen Medlyn performing and TVOne newsreader Alison Mau confirmed as head judge...

Tue 18 Sep 2007

  • 'Art Aid' raised over $15K for Burnett Centre
    Last month's first annual Grand Art Aid Auction on Auckland's North Shore raised at least $15,000 for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Burnett Centre, the event organiser confirms...
  • Ambiguous Destiny
    Brian Tamaki Today, Brian Tamaki and Richard Lewis will announce the Destiny sect's satellite party's future...
  • Anti-gay Destiny NZ folds, new party planned
    3:30PM: In a series of disorganised moves, the most anti-gay party to contest the last general election, Destiny NZ, has folded today, ostensibly to make way for a brand new conservative Christian party...
  • Auckland City Council candidate Lindsey Rea
    Lindsey Rea Lindsey is a Community Board chairperson and a Justice of the Peace...
  • Blue Deadwood?
    As we enter spring at long last, incumbent governments appear to have acquired some new growth on both sides of the Tasman...
  • Hamilton: 'Venom' closed, but plans afoot
    A gay nightclub in the heart of Hamilton has closed - but its resident drag queen assures the Waikato community that another main road LGBT venue will open soon...
  • Labour's lesbian MP sets sights on Nelson
    Maryan Street MP Labour's out lesbian MP Maryan Street has announced she's seeking selection as Nelson's Labour candidate in next year's general election...
  • New Christian party "no threat to gays"
  • Singapore: New sex bill still outlaws gays
    A bill introduced to Singapore's parliament yesterday will legalise oral and anal sex in private between consenting straight adults, but men will still face a maximum of two years in prison for homosexual sex...
  • UK bank rejects man with effeminate voice
    A UK bank is being threatened with a law suit after a man was repeatedly denied access to phone banking because staff thought he sounded like a woman...
  • USA: 100 groups call for strategy on AIDS
    More than 100 organisations from across America are calling for the next President to commit to ending the AIDS epidemic in the nation...

Mon 18 Sep 2006

  • Opinion: Brethrengate Reopens Further...
    On TVNZ's Agenda, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Gerry Brownlee finally conceded that the Exclusive Brethren factor had cost National votes last year- thus contradicting the erstwhile Leader of the Opposition, Don Brash...
  • PM's anger over gay 'slurs'
    A furious Helen Clark is blaming National and the Exclusive Brethren for a "smear" campaign targeting her husband Peter Davis...

Sun 18 Sep 2005

  • Election: The Changing Values of NZ
    After last night's close election tally, parties will be scrambling to form majorities...
  • Labour's Rainbow Revolution
    We have one, possibly two, openly glbt new MPs in Labour this term – but lessons have been learnt from the polarising election campaign, fuelled in some quarters by the wallets of the religious right...
  • Post-election mysterious times
    At the moment, New Zealand politics are still in limbo...

Thu 18 Sep 2003

  • Beyer's return to cabaret days
    MP Georgina Beyer is to make a reunion appearance in her old cabaret troupe Bloomers at a special show in November...
  • Broomstick Boys named in paedophile book
    The mother of one of several Napier teenagers convicted of raping a classmate with a broomstick in 2001 was shocked to discover him named in the new edition of Deborah Coddington's Paedophile and Sex Offender Index...

Wed 18 Sep 2002

  • Condom company releases new products
    Condom manufacturer Durex is launching three new condoms on to the New Zealand market...

Fri 18 Sep 1987

  • Television news report: the Pope visits San Francisco, blessing people with AIDS (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F90361
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Wed 18 Sep 1985

  • Television news report: a group is formed to counter anti homosexual law reform groups (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Top Half, ref: TZP136126.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: MPs have been given results from the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
    Features an interview with MP Graeme Lee who is the petition organiser. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87198.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the opponents of the homosexual law reform present a breakdown of petition results. (New Zealand)
    6:30pm News, ref: TZP18186.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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