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Wed 12 Oct 2022

  • Interview: The 30 year battle to exonerate Peter Ellis
    In 1993 a gay man called Peter Ellis was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail on charges he had sexually abused seven children at a child care centre in Christchurch, New Zealand...
    Links: Andrew Whiteside
  • Did Madonna Come Out as a Lesbian?
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith Spills The Tea About Their NSFW Gift From Ed...
    Links: Express

Tue 12 Oct 2021

  • DC Comics reveal latest Superman character is bisexual
    DC Comics has announced that its latest Superman, Jon Kent, will be bisexual...
    Links: RNZ
  • It’s Official! DC Comics’ New Superman Just Came Out As Bisexual
    Links: Express

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
  • Bearracuda's back!
    The largest attended bear dance party in the US is once again coming to Auckland this Saturday after a four year hiatus...
  • Blunder on the Right?
    Watching the saga of Donald Trump's perhaps irretrievable US presidential campaign, one is left wondering about the role of the 'alt right' in this shipwreck and how applicable it is to our own situation...
  • Mika releases hot new video for Coming Out Day
    To celebrate World Coming Out Day, Mika Haka has released a hot new music video for New Zealand’s first gay pop hit Loved Me a Man...
  • 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

  • Jack Black talks of brother's HIV-related death
    American actor Jack Black has opened up about the heartbreak of loosing his brother to an HIV-related illness...
  • 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
  • Mr Gay World org acknowledges "hurdles"
    Mr Gay World owner and president Eric Butter The Mr Gay World organisation has acknowledged shortcomings in the running of this year's event in Rome, which saw Mr Gay New Zealand Troy Williams part company from the contest just two days into preparations and rehearsals...
  • 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
  • Attacked and dismissed: a gay Aussie's warning
    Zac (right) with his Kiwi partner Justin Zac Damelian was sexually assaulted in a Melbourne public toilet block, and then met with ridicule when he reported it at a nearby police station...
  • Celia Wade-Brown back as Wellington Mayor
    GLBTI community supporter Celia Wade-Brown has won another term as Wellington Mayor...
  • Dalziel easily wins (and election wrap)
    Longtime GLBTI community friend Lianne Dalziel has romped home in the Christchurch mayoralty race...
  • Jenny Rowan beaten in Kapiti Mayoralty race
    A pioneer in New Zealand's marriage equality fight, Jenny Rowan, has been ousted as Kapiti Mayor...
  • 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
  • Lack of action on trans inmates issue slammed
      Jan Logie, pictured here in Parliament, offered Ministers a trans 101 session - but had no takers...
  • Sydney to host Bingham Cup in 2014
    Sydney will host the 2014 edition of the ‘gay rugby world cup', the Bingham Cup...
  • 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

  • "Delighted" Ali Mau to host GABA auction
    Ali Mau will MC the glitzy event Bisexual TV personality Alison Mau will host what is set to be a star-studded Gay Auckland Business Association charity auction at Auckland's Langham Hotel on 6 November...
  • "Nah" - teen's reply when asked if he killed someone
  • Candidates to front Auckland election forum
    Nikki Kaye (left) and Jacinda Ardern (right) are fighting for the Central Auckland seat Representatives from National, Labour, the Greens, Act, United Future, Mana and the Maori Party will speak at the Gay Auckland Business Association's Electoral Forum on Thursday evening...
  • DJ Rob set to steal the night
    A Sydney-based DJ with plenty of major gigs under his belt is bringing his retro collection to New Zealand for the first time for a show at Auckland's Urge - and entry to the show is FREE! DJ Rob originally started his DJ career while living in London and is now living in Sydney...
  • DJ Rob set to steal the night
    A Sydney-based DJ with plenty of major gigs under his belt is bringing his retro collection to New Zealand for the first time for a show at Auckland's Urge - and entry to the show is FREE! DJ Rob originally started his DJ career while living in London and is now living in Sydney...
  • DJ Rob set to steal the night
    A Sydney-based DJ with plenty of major gigs under his belt is bringing his retro collection to New Zealand for the first time for a show at Auckland's Urge - and entry to the show is FREE! DJ Rob originally started his DJ career while living in London and is now living in Sydney...
  • Johannesburg police reject serial killer fears
    Johannesburg police say there is no evidence a serial killer is targeting gay men, despite reports six gay men have been killed in the past 18 months in cases which have similarities...
  • Two new staff members hired for School's Out
    Wellington queer youth support group School's Out has two new part time staff members thanks to financial help from Wellington City Council and the AsiaPacific Outgames Legacy Fund...
  • 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

  • Chris Carter thrown out of Labour Party
    Chris Carter has been expelled from the Labour Party after a lengthy hearing...
  • Graham Capill to remain behind bars
    Graham Capill in court Anti-gay campaigner Graham Capill has again been denied parole, five years into a nine year sentence for molesting young girls...
  • Luscious Lady Lovers
    Some lesbians will hate it...
  • Men blame each other for trans murder
    One of two men accused of murdering an Upper Hutt cannabis dealer told police he had gone to the flat to "bash" a transvestite...
  • 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

  • 'Stephen Gately choked to death' - report
    Boyzone's gay star Stephen Gately died in his sleep, choking on his own vomit after a night out drinking at a gay club in Majorca, reports the UK's Mirror newspaper...
  • Analysing 'Parental' Rightists
    Could the right-wing backlash against banning the physical punishment of children repeat itself in the context of adoption reform? We need a tactical analysis to avert that...
  • Chch: 'The Laramie Project' returns for one night
    Last week marked 11 years since young gay man Matthew Shepard was murdered in the US state of Wyoming, bringing international attention to hate crimes and their consequences, and a theatre company in Christchurch will remember him with a one-off production tomorrow (Tuesday) evening...
  • Class, Choice and Sex Work
    In September's Attitude magazine, there's an interesting comparative perspective on how class background affects male sex workers...
  • Obama still promising to end 'Dont ask, Don't tell'
    US President Barak Obama has reiterated his promise to end the US military's controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy...
  • Review: The History Boys at the Maidment Theatre
    The first thing you notice when you enter the Maidment Theatre is The History Boys sumptuous set - huge bookshelves teeming with old volumes...
  • 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

  • Maxim Institute: Beyond the Christian Right?
    In order to survive, the one-time Christian Right frontline Maxim Institute has had to change...
  • United Future 2.0: The little party that's changed
    This is the first in a series of brief interviews with representatives of political parties conducted in the lead up to the November 8th General Election...
  • 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

  • Anti-gay 'rebel' MP Brian Connell to quit
    Outspokenly-homophobic National Party MP Brian Connell plans to quit politics, saying he will not seek selection as a candidate for the next election...
  • AUS: Howard "panders to homophobia"
    The leader of the Australian Green Party has launched an attack on the attitude of Prime Minister John Howard to gay equality...
  • Liberty Versus Death
    sharia law in action The Labour Government supports Amnesty International's call for the international abolition of the death penalty...
  • Review: The Taming of the Shrew at Auckland Uni
    Review: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare Adapted and directed by Patrick Graham, Stage Two Productions 11 October 2007, Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland Stage Two Productions, the University of Auckland student-led theatre company, has followed up its recent successes staging Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Titus Andronicus with The Taming of the Shrew in an adaptation by up-and-coming gay theatre director Patrick Graham that is sure to cause eyebrows to elevate, making the play (like the '50s Musical Kiss Me, Kate I might add, which was also adapted from Shakespeare) a "play within a play" in a updated fashion...
  • 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

  • Drag Oscars hit Chch Labour weekend
    Tickets are selling fast for Christchurch's Drag Oscars ceremony on Labour weekend Sunday 22 October, following television promotion on the South Island's CTV channel...
  • 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

  • "Gay Panic" sentence expected today
    A teenager found guilty of murdering a 55-year-old Auckland man will be sentenced today...
  • 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

  • Capital to farewell gay games competitors
    A going away party s being mounted for Wellington participants and supporters departing for the Gay Games in Sydney...
  • 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 Act (2003) and was heavily involved in the passing of the Civil Union Act (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

Sat 12 Oct 1985

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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