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Fri 16 Oct 2020

  • Feminist philosopher Judith Butler: why gender still causes
    Professor Judith Butler is an activist, philosopher, and critical theorist who has spent decades writing about gender...
    Links: RNZ
  • Feminist philosopher Judith Butler: why gender still causes trouble
    Professor Judith Butler is an activist, philosopher, and critical theorist who has spent decades writing about gender...
    Links: RNZ
  • LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law
    Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • A Hero’s Touch
    Links: Express
  • Agreeing To Meet, Is Not Consenting To More
    Links: Express
    Links: Express
  • Caining It
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites Aotearoa
    Links: Express
  • Gay Kiwi Choreographer Subjected to Death Threats and Homophobic Abuse From...
    Links: Express
  • Queerseum
    Links: Express

Wed 16 Oct 2019

    Links: Express
  • Trump Describes Democratic Rival Beto O’Rourke as “Wacko” For Anti-LGBTI Church...
    Links: Express

Tue 16 Oct 2018

  • Media report that the government has lifted the cap on gender affirming surgeries (New Zealand)
    Up until this point, the State had only funded 3 male-to-female surgeries and 1 female-to-male every two years. From June 2018 the old cap became the new minimum number of surgeries every two years.
    Links: Newsroom, Guardian
  • Supporting Young People in an Age of Pornography
    How can we support young people to have a healthy understanding of sexuality, relationships and consent in an age of pornography? The ‘birds and the bees’ conversation is no longer going to cut it for young people growing up in the 21st century...
    Links: Scoop
  • Government Removes Gender Reassignment Cap
    Links: Express

Mon 16 Oct 2017

  • Singing for the dispossessed with the GALS
    GALS, the Auckland Gay and Lesbian choir is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event that highlights an important issue for Auckland: homelessness...
    Links: RNZ
  • LGBT+ Students Can Now Access a Resource Explaining Their Legal Rights
    Links: Express
  • Pleasuredome: A Gay Love Story
    Links: Express

Fri 16 Oct 2015

  • Family Expands With Secret Garden Bar and Twist
    Links: Express
  • New Report Calls For End of Conversion Therapy in US
    Links: Express
  • Westpac launch video celebrating LGBT staff
    Westpac NZ have launched a new video #YouBeingYou in support of the global It Gets Better Campaign...

Thu 16 Oct 2014

  • Ask Lisa: How to deal with a Bi-sexual Boyfriend?
    Links: Express
  • Meet My Community – Playwright Victor Rodger
    Links: Express
  • Professor Jonathon Mane-Wheoki’s Impact on GLBT community Will Not Be Forgotten
    Links: Express
  • US Marine charged with murder in Philippines transgender killing
    Links: Express
  • World Spine Day – Improve Vitality and Sex Life
    Links: Express
  • Street to be thanked at Wellington event
    Rainbow Wellington is organising drinks for 7 November as a chance to express thanks to former Labour MP Maryan Street...

Wed 16 Oct 2013

  • Rainbow Youth Educating for Diversity report
    A new study has found Rainbow Youth’s in-school sexuality and gender diversity workshops have led to improvements in students’ attitudes to GLBTI classmates...

Tue 16 Oct 2012

  • WNBA star hoping to marry girlfriend in home state
      Augustus and Varner One of the WNBA’s most talented players, who is openly lesbian, is taking a stand against a move to ban same-sex marriage in the constitution of the state she represents in basketball...

Sat 16 Oct 2010

  • Neil Patrick Harris and partner become daddies
    Daddies Harris and Burtka American TV star Neil Patrick Harris, of the series How I Met Your Mother, and his partner David Burtka have become the parents of twins...

Fri 16 Oct 2009

  • Women's safe sex guide now online
    A comprehensive guide to sexual health for New Zealand's same-sex attracted women is now available online...

Thu 16 Oct 2008

  • Rainbow Labour meet and greet this Sunday
    Auckland Central's Labour MP Judith Tizard will host a "meet the candidates" event for the Rainbow Communities this Sunday at Shanghai Lil's bar...

Tue 16 Oct 2007

  • Sydney: Murder fears for missing gay man
    A young gay man who vanished after partying at one of Sydney's trendiest inner-city dance clubs three weeks ago is feared murdered...

Mon 16 Oct 2006

  • Topp Twin battles breast cancer
    One of a pair of New Zealand icons, Jools Topp of the Topp Twins, is recovering after a mastectomy operation a fortnight ago...

Sun 16 Oct 2005

  • Wellington activist Daniel Fielding dies
    Longtime Wellington HIV campaigner, activist and social scene fixture Daniel Fielding has died after a brief illness...

Sat 16 Oct 2004

  • Choral: Trans-Tasman GALS Concert
    MGLC and GALS - The Anzac Anthem “Trans-Tasman Concert” GALS Concert, AGS Centennial Theatre, Sat 9 and Sun 10 October 2004 GALS concerts always give us a lot more than just the music...

Thu 16 Oct 2003

  • Radio host slams gay police liaison
    Radio Pacific afternoon talk host Mark Bennett yesterday slammed the appointment of a LGBT liaison officer in the Waikato, saying that the police should logically now appoint a liaison officer for paedophiles and necrophiliacs...

Wed 16 Oct 2002

  • Uzi Even becomes the first openly homosexual man in Israel's parliament.
    Links: Wikipedia, Gay NZ
  • Exhibition banned in the '70s opens in New Plymouth
    An exhibition of photos documenting many of New Zealand's iconic drag queens and transsexuals has opened with a hiss and a roar in New Plymouth...

Fri 16 Oct 1987

  • Television news report: Dr Charles Farthing believes an AIDS cure won't be found this century (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F90441.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Wed 16 Oct 1985

  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (16 October 1985) - part 1 (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 16 October 1985 (part 1).
    Features: Bruce Townshend, Helen Clark, Judy Keall, Noel Scott, Phil Goff, Philip Burdon, Rex Austin, Trevor de Cleene
  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (16 October 1985) - part 2 (Parliament buildings, Wellington)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 16 October 1985 (part 2).
    Features: Koro Wetere, Merv Wellington, Richard Northey, Rob Storey, Winston Peters
  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)

Sun 16 Oct 1983

  • Television: interview with Garfield Johnson and Valerie Riches about sex education (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP40312.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Mon 16 Oct 1854

  • Writer Oscar Wilde is born (United Kingdom)
    Links: Wikipedia

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