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Fri 9 Oct 2020

  • Graham Norton
    Graham Norton is a man who needs no introduction...
    Links: RNZ
  • Rugby: World Rugby moves to lock transgender women out of elite competitions
    World Rugby has become the first global sports federation to recommend that transgender women do not participate in the elite and international levels of the women's game...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • The Spinoff: Parenting Place charity cuts ties with counsellor over sexuality conversion therapy
    Originally published by The Spinoff David Riddell says he has been 'thrown under the bus' by the well-known parenting organisation, which listed him as an approved counsellor despite his therapeutic practice with children whom...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • World Rugby slammed for banning transgender women from playing elite women's rugby
    Rugby's governing body says transgender women can't compete at elite or international level, but it's up to national unions to make rules about the community game...
    Links: Stuff
  • Foodie Bites Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Out and About: Rainbow Auckland Mixer October 2020
    Links: Express
  • World Celebrates International Lesbian Day
    Links: Express

Wed 9 Oct 2019

  • Deadly cover-up: 4-year-old boy infected with HIV by tainted hospital blood
    A boy infected with HIV aged four due to the NHS tainted blood scandal was ostracised at school and even had a teacher refuse to teach him, his parents have said...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • The Rees Hotel: Tranquil Majesty In Our Bustling Tourist Capital
    Links: Express

Tue 9 Oct 2018

  • Indigenous, transgender candidates among Brazil surprises
    RIO DE JANEIRO — The near outright victory of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil's presidential race shocked many observers who believed the former army captain was too fringe to attract widespread support...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Mika Claims Carmen Had All Black Lovers
    Links: Express

Mon 9 Oct 2017

  • Brian Tamaki speaking event cancelled after activists plan 'big gay party'
    Outspoken religious leader Brian Tamaki has had his Christchurch speaking event cancelled after activists were set to welcome him with a "big gay party"...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • A Rough Start for Married at First Sight’s First Same-Sex Couple
    Links: Express
  • Pope Says Accepting Trans People Will Make Straight People Intertile
    Links: Express
  • Scene: Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Scene: Fab Friday at Family
    Links: Express

Fri 9 Oct 2015

  • Body Positive Chair Rejects Fresh Calls to Resign
    Links: Express
  • Our First Lady
    Links: Express
  • Telling the tales of our first lady
    The first New Zealander to have full gender reassignment surgery and have the sex on her birth certificate changed has told her compelling life story in a book co-written by Ali Mau...

Thu 9 Oct 2014

  • A Gay Evening of Wine Tasting
    Links: Express
  • Gods and Monsters Summoned to Ponsonby Road for Auckland Pride Parade...
    Links: Express
  • Parade Director Returns with Experienced Team in Tow
    Links: Express
  • Registration Forms now online for Auckland Pride 2015
    Links: Express
  • Shout out for Pride Volunteers!
    Links: Express
  • Timing issues to be fixed for 2015 Parade
    Richard Taki with husband Shane Returning Auckland Pride Festival Director Richard Taki says he and the Auckland Pride Festival Trust Board have listened to feedback about this year’s Parade, and promises issues with gaps between the floats will be fixed for 2015...

Wed 9 Oct 2013

  • Keith King profile (Auckland)
    Keith King talks about spirituality, discovery and ageing.
    Features: Keith King
  • Rosie O'Donnell heading to NZ in 2014
    Rosie O'Donnell Outspoken lesbian comedian and activist Rosie O’Donnell will visit Auckland and Wellington during her Australasian stand-up tour next year...

Tue 9 Oct 2012

  • St Andrews stands up to Assembly over marriage
    Rev Dr Margaret Mayman A Wellington Presbyterian church is standing firm for marriage equality, in the face of the Presbyterian General Assembly’s decision to oppose the Marriage Amendment Bill...

Sun 9 Oct 2011

  • Aucklanders get chance to grill candidates
    With just a month and a half until the election, the Gay Auckland Business Association is giving glbt Auckland voters the chance to grill politicians on the issues they hold dear...

Sat 9 Oct 2010

  • Young gay board member ready for challenges
    Sam Johnson 4...

Fri 9 Oct 2009

  • Topp Twins' manager for lesbian business meet
    The Auckland Lesbian Business Association (ALBA)'s special guest for its October meeting is Arani Cuthbert - the manager of the Topp Twins and the producer of the recent hit movie about them...

Thu 9 Oct 2008

  • Up-late Aussie TV viewers get Kiwifruit
    Australian viewers can currently sample a gay Kiwi export – but only if they're up after midnight...

Tue 9 Oct 2007

  • India: Palace party for gay prince's birthday
    Hundreds of people from high and low social stations gathered on the grounds of the royal palace in Gujarat state to celebrate the birthday of India's openly gay prince...

Mon 9 Oct 2006

  • Virgin territory
    Ten gay and lesbian New Zealanders remember the first time they 'went all the way' with a member of the same sex...

Sun 9 Oct 2005

  • Shock announcement: A star steps down
    After gliding to victory in last year's Queen of the Whole Pacific competition in a vodka haze, Miss Russia has shocked observers by announcing she is to have no involvement in this year's bigger/brighter/better instalment, Queen of the Whole Universe...

Sat 9 Oct 2004

  • South Auckland gay foe fails at polls
    A longtime opponent of gay rights initiatives and social change has lost his bid to represent Howick on the Manukau City Council...

Thu 9 Oct 2003

  • Lesbian mums before select committee
    Two lesbian mothers appeared before a parliamentary select committee in support of the Care of Children Bill yesterday, saying that it would help recognise the rights of same-sex couples helping to raise their partners' children...

Wed 9 Oct 2002

  • Jack Marshall's Time Warp
    Political columnist Doreen Agassiz-Suddens revises a few dates surrounding the late Jack Marshall, MP and PM, stemming from her listing of some of the outrageously anti-gay assertions made in the NZ parliament over the years...

Fri 9 Oct 1992

  • The first unveiling of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt takes place (Washington D.C., United States of America)
    The quilt was unveiled in Washington D.C., USA. New Zealand is one of 20 countries invited to attend.
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

Wed 9 Oct 1985

  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (9 October 1985) - part 1 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 9 October 1985 (part 1).
    Features: Fran Wilde, Geoff Braybrooke, Margaret Shields, Robert Muldoon, Venn Young
  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (9 October 1985) - part 2 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 9 October 1985 (part 2).
    Features: Bruce Townshend, Doug Graham, Eddie Isbey, George Gair, Graeme Lee, Jim Anderton, Philip Woollaston, Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan
  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill begins in Parliament (New Zealand)
    The second reading will take four weeks.
    Links:, LAGANZ

Sun 9 Oct 1983

  • Television: The third of three Bruce Mason plays (New Zealand)
    ref: TZD1025. Charlie Jameson, surrounded by a family who he has little in common with, faces his death.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sun 9 Oct 1955

  • Singer Shona Laing is born (New Zealand)
    Laing first came to prominence in 1972 as a 17-year-old schoolgirl, coming runner-up in the television talent show New Faces with her song 1905. Laing's biggest hit songs included (Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy and Soviet Snow.
    Links: Wikipedia

Sat 9 Oct 1937

  • Prime Minister M.J. Savage unveils a statue dedicated to "Harry" Henry Holland (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The nude male figure in Bolton Street Cemetery has been described in a variety of ways, from representing "emancipated youth looking upwards to higher things" to "an extremely buff, naked dude gazing out over his beloved Wellington." A local rainbow walking tour in the 1990s described the work as "the most homoerotic piece of outdoor art in Wellington, and second in Aotearoa only to the Eros outside Auckland Hospital."
    Links: Bolton Street Cemetery

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