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Fri 2 Oct 2020

  • Queer Archives Zine launch (National Library of New Zealand)
    Audio from the launch of the collaborative zine The Archive is Alive, 2 October 2020.
    Features: Ailish Wallace-Buckland, Caitlin Lynch, Ciara O'Callaghan, Compass Ramsay, Kiefer Hunt, Roger Swanson, Will Hansen
  • Election 2020: Andrew Little steps in to stop abuse of gay Labour candidate
    A senior Labour MP stepped in and called out a debate-goer’s prejudice when he accosted a New Plymouth candidate over his sexuality...
    Links: Stuff
  • 2 X Double Passes to the Chocolate and Coffee Show 
    Links: Express
  • 5 X Candle Crush Soy Scented Candles 
    Links: Express
  • Calls On NZ Government To Prioritise Rainbow Communities
    Links: Express
  • Cook Islands Further Delays Plans to Legalise Gay Sex
    Links: Express

Wed 2 Oct 2019

  • Review: Testostrogen
    Links: Express
  • Rockstar of the barista world lands in New Zealand
    Links: Express

Tue 2 Oct 2018

  • Pride And Prejudice
    Lesbian art collective PulseArt was formed in 1999 and while only one of the original artists remain in the group, their objective remains; ...
    Links: Scoop
  • 20 years of Gay Rugby in New Zealand to Be Celebrated...
    Links: Express

Mon 2 Oct 2017

  • 'Germany celebrates first same-sex weddings after law change
    Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples...
    Links: Stuff
  • Donald Trump willing to sleep with Princess Diana - after an HIV test
    Donald Trump said he would have made Princess Diana take a HIV test before sleeping with her...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Germans celebrate first gay marriage
    Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany...
    Links: RNZ
  • Germany celebrates first same-sex weddings after law change
    Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Hef 'did an incredible thing for those times' - trans supermodel
    A transgender supermodel is defending Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died last week, and thanking him, saying he fought for her when no one else would...
    Links: Stuff
  • All LGBT+ content to be banned from Indonesian TV
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class 2017: Holden Astra Hatch RS
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class 2017: Jaguar XF SD
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class 2017: Land Rover Discovery
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class 2017: Mini Countryman Hybrid
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class 2017: Skoda Fabia Wagon Sport
    Links: Express
  • First same-sex wedding takes place in Germany
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites
    Links: Express
  • Online harassment on the rise, young LGBT+ among most at risk
    Links: Express
  • The Style Column
    Links: Express

Sun 2 Oct 2016

  • Colin Craig: The Anti-Wilde?
    In 1895, Oscar Wilde tried to sue the Marquis of Queensbury, the antigay father of his lover "Bosie" for defaming him- but the trial boomeranged and ended up in Wilde's own conviction for 'gross indecency' (gay male non-anal sex)...

Fri 2 Oct 2015

  • Caitlyn Jenner Will Not Be Charged in Deadly Car Accident
    Links: Express
  • Call Made For NZ Doctors to Ask About Sexuality During First...
    Links: Express
  • Legacy Project For Auckland Pride 2016
    Links: Express
  • Signatory: 'Scaremongering' bullying' at BP
    One of the men behind the members' petition of no confidence in Body Positive's board is accusing the organisation's chair of scaremongering and says bullying tactics are being used against some signatories...

Thu 2 Oct 2014

  • Ask Agony Aunt Lisa: How Do I know my Partner Loves...
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – Audi S1 Quattro : Stunning!
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – BMW X4 : OTT!
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – Ford Eco Sport: Maybe?
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – Honda Jazz RS : Gorgeous
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – Mazda 3 : Absolutely!
    Links: Express
  • Best In Class – Skoda Octavia RS : Definitely!
    Links: Express
  • GABA October Mixer – Empire Tavern
    Links: Express
  • Straight husbands reject shared bed
    Two straight men who married for a radio competition have spoken of their horror at turning up for their honeymoon in Rarotonga and finding they were expected to share a bed...

Wed 2 Oct 2013

  • Alicia - South (Nelson)
    Alicia talks about growing up and fluid bisexuality.
  • Group 1 - South (Nelson)
    A group of young people in Nelson talk about growing up, school and Queer Straight Alliances (QSA).
  • Michelle Rodriguez: "I've gone both ways"
    “Men are intriguing...

Tue 2 Oct 2012

  • Wellington gets ready for weekend of woof
    Wellington is the place to be for a bear hug this weekend (file photo - no sadly we don't have their numbers) “Cubs and bears and anyone in between” are being welcomed with open (and perhaps hairy) arms to Capital dehiBEARnation 2012 in Wellington this weekend...

Sat 2 Oct 2010

  • Te Papa exhibition has strong glbt presence
    A new exhibition at Te Papa, illustrating the dramatic ways in which New Zealand changed in the 20th century, has a significant glbt presence...

Fri 2 Oct 2009

  • Success for India's 1st trans beauty parlour
    India's first-ever Queer Beauty Parlour in Delhi is proving a runaway success with Delhi's transgender citizens, reports The Times of India...

Thu 2 Oct 2008

  • Wellington lessie ping-pong and pool popular
    Monthly lesbian pool and table-tennis meetings have proven popular in Wellington, with the co-organiser saying the events have helped from new friendships – along with several new relationships...

Tue 2 Oct 2007

  • Wellington farewells Our Bar
    Our Bar patrons Our Bar in Wellington's Cuba St had everything going for it...

Mon 2 Oct 2006

  • Brethrengate II: Wide Arc
    Where does one begin to recount what's been happening over the Brethrengate II story arc over the last fortnight? In Australia, the story might be leaking through to affect the electoral prospects of the conservative Coalition state parties within Victoria, while federal PM John Howard has candidly stated that he met with members of that sect...

Sat 2 Oct 2004

  • NZers mostly happy to see CU bill pass
    More than half of New Zealanders accept the provisions of the Civil Union Bill as it applies to same-sex couples, according to both a Herald DigiPoll survey, and extensive on-street discussions with the public by reporters...

Thu 2 Oct 2003

  • Wellington Gay Welfare Group honoured
    Wellington's gay switchboard has received a commendation in the 2003 Wellington City Community Awards, presented last Tuesday by Wellington City Mayor Kerry Prendergast at the council chambers...

Wed 2 Oct 1985

  • Actor Rock Hudson dies from AIDS-related complications (Los Angeles, United States of America)
    Links: Wikipedia
  • Television news report: the Select Committee votes to end public hearings on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F57735
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The Select Committee investigating the Homosexual Law Reform Bill votes to end public hearings (New Zealand)
    The Committee ends public hearings despite 85 people still waiting to be heard.

Sun 2 Oct 1983

  • Television: The second of three plays by Bruce Mason (New Zealand)
    ref: TZD1026. Edith and Daphne's calm lives are disrupted when Edith has an affair with a younger man.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 2 Oct 1925

  • Kenneth James Dell is arrested on Queen Street and charged with behaving in a disorderly manner (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Dell is seen walking on Queen Street wearing woman's shoes, a hat, veil and neck scarf.
    Links: Papers Past

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