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Mon 19 Oct 2020

  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Victoria hotel quarantine guests at risk of HIV after test stuff-up
    In Australia, more than 200 people who underwent hotel quarantine in Victoria have been urged to get tested for HIV and other viruses after a testing stuff up resulted in possible cross-contamination...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • NZ has most Rainbow parliament in the world
    New Zealand now holds the title of the most rainbow Parliament in the world...
    Links: RNZ
  • Ricardo Menéndez March - first gay Mexican Green MP
    You may've seen the photos of footage of all the new MP's gathered at Parliament yesterday, some have likened it to the first day of school...
    Links: RNZ
  • Australia’s Only Openly Gay Leader Seals Election Victory with a Kiss...
    Links: Express
  • NZ Parliament Has Largest Rainbow Representation in the World
    Links: Express

Sat 19 Oct 2019

  • Poutokomanawa: The Carmen Rupe Generation - storytelling (New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington)
    As part of the exhibition Poutokomanawa: The Carmen Rupe Generation, community members came together to recount stories of people, places and events in Wellington in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Features: Chanel Hati, Georgina Beyer, Kayla Riarn, Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan

Fri 19 Oct 2018

  • Gender confirmation surgeries cap lifted
    Gender-affirming surgeries for transgender people are set to become a lot more accessible, now that a cap on the number of funded operations has been lifted...
    Links: Stuff
  • Medical Pathway For Transgender Children Based On Ideology
    A new report by an Australian paediatrician is sending a strong warning to New Zealand that allowing children to choose their gender has no scientific evidence in medical literature to support the massive interventions of the medical pathway, and that ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Self-Lubricating Condoms May Be New Tool in Fight to End HIV
    Links: Express

Thu 19 Oct 2017

  • ILGA Oceania Welcomes the New Labour Led Government
    Co-convenor, Rawa Karetai said that, "after a long campaign and coalition negotiations, it is great to know that LGBTI rights will continue to progress in New Zealand" ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Jacinda Ardern is the Next New Zealand Prime Minister
    Links: Express
  • Twelve Men Arrested in Tanzania for “Promoting Homosexuality”
    Links: Express
  • What The LGBT+ Community Can Expect From The New Government
    Links: Express

Wed 19 Oct 2016

  • Call for Volunteers to Collect on World AIDS Day
    Links: Express
  • Review: Graham Norton’s ‘Holding’
    Links: Express
  • Watch Kesha Speak Out for LGBT+ Rights
    Links: Express
  • Rock: receiving Honour a 'surreal' experience
    Lesbian activist and events organiser Cissy Rock, who yesterday received her Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit from the Governor General, says the experience was pleasantly “counter cultural” for her but she also enjoyed talking with people at Government House, Wellington, about their experiences with glbti family members...

Mon 19 Oct 2015

  • Kenyan President Says His Country Has “More Pressing Issues” Than GLBT...
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith lands two Guinness World Records
    Openly gay singer Sam Smith has won two Guinness World Records...

Sun 19 Oct 2014

  • Back to the 90’s – Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Bintang Models 1st Year Anniversary – Sofitel Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: New Face on K Road
    Links: Express
  • Topless with Miss Ribena – Family Bar
    Links: Express
  • Pope's pro-gay proposal nixed
    Some of the 200 bishops who attended the synod The leader of the Catholic Church has been delivered a rebuke in his attempt to encourage greater acceptance of gay people by the church's leaders...

Sat 19 Oct 2013

  • The Government announces it will send a diplomat to watch over New Zealanders attending the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (New Zealand)
    Various Members of Parliament had requested the government help protect rainbow people at the games from discrimination and harassment.
    Links: Gay NZ
  • Watch: Any Given Tuesday
    Elton John and Jamie Foxx are among the celebs in a short film in support of the L...

Fri 19 Oct 2012

  • Marriage issue creates further Presbyterian splinters
    More cracks of opposition are appearing in the Presbyterian Church, as another minister at an iconic church makes it clear he is firmly opposed to the ruling body’s moves against same-sex marriage...

Wed 19 Oct 2011

  • Willie Ahsee is found guilty of the manslaughter of Denis Phillips
  • Two Dorothies all at sea: A steamy departure
    An occasional diary detailing the experiences of a “straight” cruise by couple of gay Kiwi boys aboard a cruise liner as it circumnavigates Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand – 15 October to 15 November 2011...

Mon 19 Oct 2009

  • The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill is considered by a Select Committee (New Zealand)
    Links: Parliament
  • Parliament committee: 'Abolish provocation defence'
    An end to New Zealand's controversial Partial Defence of Provocation is a step closer today as a parliamentary committee has recommended it be abolished...

Sun 19 Oct 2008

  • Urge bar's Slave Auction raises $2,800
    The global economic meltdown was ignored in one small part of Auckland's K Road last night as Urge Bar hosted its second annual Slave Auction...

Fri 19 Oct 2007

  • Review: Lives on the edge in 'Hotel de Dream'
    Hotel de Dream, by Edmund White(Bloomsbury 2007) "Stephen Crane is writing a book, and it may be his last...

Thu 19 Oct 2006

  • GMH testing new safe sex campaign
    Gay Men's Health is calling for participants in a focus group to be held in Auckland on Saturday November 4 to evaluate a major new safe sex campaign, which will be launched before the end of this year...

Wed 19 Oct 2005

  • Sex and the Satirist: the unapologetic, exuberant Joe Orton
    Joe Orton In the late seventies, I came across my first smut...

Tue 19 Oct 2004

  • Renee - playwright, novelist and teacher
    Prolific author Renee writes with an observant eye and wry good humour...

Sun 19 Oct 1980

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