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Mon 12 Oct 2020

  • New Conservatives Hijack Grey Lynn Church Service, Prompting One Gay Member...
    Links: Express
  • New Zealand’s Queer History: October’s Past
    Links: Express
  • The New Personal Training Workout That Has Gotten One TV Journalist...
    Links: Express
  • The Perfect Cocktail Bar!
    Links: Express

Sat 12 Oct 2019

  • Megan Phelps Roper - Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
    As the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper grew up believing that God hates gay people...
    Links: RNZ
  • ‘Kill the Gays’ Law Announced In Uganda
    Links: Express
  • Teen Opens Up About Homophobic Bullying After Homecoming King Nomination
    Links: Express

Fri 12 Oct 2018

  • Nelson couple meet lifesavers who helped bring husband back from the dead
    Gay Molineaux thought her husband, Chris, had hurt himself when she heard him swear on the driveway of their Nelson home...
    Links: Stuff
  • Auditioning Gay Couple Bring Kelly Clarkson to Tears on The Voice
    Links: Express
  • Homophobic Anti-Gay Marriage Referendum Defeated in Romania
    Links: Express

Thu 12 Oct 2017

  • The immigration and protection tribunal grants residency to a trans woman on exceptional humanitarian grounds (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The tribunal decides she is safer to remain in New Zealand rather than having to return to the United Kingdom where she has suffered years of persecution.
    Links: Guardian
  • Hannah Tamaki hits out at bullies and shares comments about gay community
    Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki has jumped to the defence of husband Brian Tamaki following activists' planned "big gay party" protest...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • NZ grants residence to trans woman abused in UK
    A trans woman from the UK has been granted residence on humanitarian grounds after suffering years of abuse and violence in Britain...
    Links: RNZ
  • UN launches innovative plan to significantly cut HIV
    11 October 2017 – Despite a 50 per cent drop in AIDS-related deaths since the peak of the epidemic, new HIV infection declines among adults are lagging, prompting the United Nations to launch a 10-point plan that lays out immediate, concrete steps ...
    Links: Scoop

Wed 12 Oct 2016

  • InsideOUT Youth Art Competition
    Links: Express
  • New HIV Drug Funding Approved by Pharmac
    Links: Express
  • Pharmac funds new Anti-Retroviral drug
    Pharmac has announced it is adding a new HIV drug to its list of Anti-Retroviral drugs...

Mon 12 Oct 2015

  • TPPA: Trouble with Pharmaceutical Product Access?
    Several months ago, I wrote a brief article on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, wondering how it would particularly affect HIV+ people, given that New Zealand has no domestic pharmaceuticals industry...

Sun 12 Oct 2014

  • Final Drinks – Poof Bar
    Links: Express
  • Hot and Heavy – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Opening of Art Week
    Links: Express
  • Shanghai Lil's to replace Poof bar
    Russell Green at the Parnell Shanghai Lil...

Sat 12 Oct 2013

  • Session 1 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Transfemininities and transmisogyny.
    Features: Sally Dellow
  • Session 10 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Beyond marriage.
    Features: Anne Russell, Bill Logan
  • Session 11 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Fighting homophobia, transphobia and bigotry in our communities.
    Features: Bill Logan, Calum Bennachie, Jim Whitman, Jo Wrigley, Sara Fraser
  • Session 2 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Access and disability.
    Features: Esther Woodbury
  • Session 3 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Naming - who are we?
    Features: Cara Gledhill, Sandra Dickson
  • Session 4 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Health and gender diversity.
    Features: Joey Macdonald, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Sally Dellow
  • Session 5- Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Invisible sexualities within queer communities.
    Features: Chris Coles, Sandra Dickson
  • Session 6 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Takaktaapui perspectives.
    Features: Kevin Haunui, Merv Ransom, Rangimoana Taylor, Shelley Te Waiariki Howard
  • Session 7 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Trans representation in the media.
    Features: Cherise Witehira, Kelly Ellis, Sandra Dickson
  • Session 8 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Beyond parenting
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • Session 9 - Beyond conference (Wellington High School)
    Audio from the Beyond conference: Beyond the gender binary.
    Features: Conrad Johnston, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Sandra Dickson
  • Pope Francis blesses gay group in letter
    Pope Francis Italian media is reporting Pope Francis has blessed a group of gay Catholics...

Fri 12 Oct 2012

  • Remembering Bruce Burnett (Warkworth)
    Kate Leslie remembers Bruce Burnett - an early AIDS educator and activist in New Zealand
    Features: Kate Leslie
  • Vote on marriage ceremony ban was narrow
    File photo It’s emerged an attempt to ban Presbyterian ministers from conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies narrowly failed at the church’s General Assembly...

Wed 12 Oct 2011

  • Voting opens for AIDS Foundation Trust Board
    Voting begins today for two vacancies on the Trust Board of the NZ AIDS Foundation...

Tue 12 Oct 2010

  • NY candidate makes gay "brainwashing" gaffe
    Carl Paladino The Republican candidate for New York governor has told an audience of 50 rabbis that he does not want children "brainwashed" into thinking being gay is acceptable...

Mon 12 Oct 2009

  • Stress levels drop at OUTLine as cash rolls in
    With almost twenty thousand dollars raised or pledged to help keep the national OUTLine telephone counseling and support service operating at full strength, OUTLine chair Lorraine Martin says the stress associated with recent funding shortfalls has been much alleviated...

Sun 12 Oct 2008

  • United Future has "got rid of" anti-gay MPs
    United Future has got rid of its anti-gay MPs and is now comfortable with once-contentions legislation, such as Civil Unions, remaining in place, according to its party leader...

Fri 12 Oct 2007

  • USA schools observe 'Coming Out Day'
    Students at schools and colleges across America observed National Coming Out Day yesterday, in a variety of ways all aimed at raising LGBT visibility...

Thu 12 Oct 2006

  • Happy 50th Birthday Mike Binis
    Mike Binis - outside Urge in 2006 Here's our intimate interview with a community leader you thought you knew a lot about! WARNING: Some topics discussed may disturb...

Wed 12 Oct 2005

  • There's a simple solution
    NZAF Research Director Tony Hughes has seen the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and even he's worried about the latest sharp increase in infections...

Tue 12 Oct 2004

  • Dimmer singer "sounds gay" - macho Finn
    Liam Finn, singer of local schoolboy band Betchadupa has stood up for his masculinity by suggesting Dimmer's Shayne Carter sounds "gay"...

Sun 12 Oct 2003

  • The end of gay gossip?
    A further nail in the coffin of gay gossip has been driven in by the announcement from OUT! Magazine that it will be discontinuing its 'Connie Caustic' page, starting this month...

Sat 12 Oct 2002

  • NZ Quilts head to Gay games
    Sixteen New Zealand AIDS quilts will travel to Sydney to be part of an international quilt display at the Sydney Gay Games...

Mon 12 Oct 1998

  • Matthew Shepard is killed in Wyoming (United States of America)
    Links: Wikipedia

Sat 12 Oct 1996

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) is defeated in the first MMP General Election (Auckland region, New Zealand)
    Carter was New Zealalnd's first openly gay Member of Parliament. He returned to Parliament in 1999.
    Links: Wikipedia
  • Tim Barnett (Christchurch Central, Labour Party) is elected in the first MMP General Election (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Barnett, who is openly gay, would subsequently introduce the Prostitution Reform Bill (2003) and was heavily involved in the passing of the Civil Union Bill (2004).
    Links: Wikipedia, Parliament

Thu 12 Oct 1989

Wed 12 Oct 1988

  • The New Zealand Navy announces its gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)

Mon 12 Oct 1987

  • Television news report: a rally in Washington DC calls for more funding for HIV/AIDS treatments (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F90428.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fri 12 Oct 1923

  • Hector Froggatt is sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for indecent assault on boys (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    A medical man giving evidence at the trial said Froggatt suffered from "homo-sexual abnormality".
    Links: Papers Past

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