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Thu 22 Oct 2020

  • Labour MP Louisa Wall calls for homosexual law reform in the Cook Islands
    Labour MP and LGBTQIA+ advocate Louisa Wall is calling on the Catholic church in New Zealand to support homosexual law reform in the Cook Islands...
    Links: RNZ
  • Applications Now Open for Rainbow Pride Auckland’s Parade
    Links: Express
  • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Questions To Be Included In UK...
    Links: Express
  • Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Unions For The First Time
    Links: Express
  • Pope Francis Voices Historic Support For Same-Sex Civil Unions
    Links: Express

Tue 22 Oct 2019

  • “I knew It Was Going To Be Offensive” Folau Boasts To...
    Links: Express

Mon 22 Oct 2018

  • Kevin Baker, a.k.a. Buffy of Buffy and Bimbo fame, dies (Napier, New Zealand)
    Links: Dunstalls
  • ‘Transgender’ definition may be erased in the United States
     The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a US government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law...
    Links: Stuff
  • Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message
    VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops are entering the final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Out and About with Express: Furry Fridays @ The Dogs Bollix
    Links: Express

Sun 22 Oct 2017

  • Inquiry follows council boss' alleged reference to elected councillor as 'homosexual'
    A council boss is under investigation over allegations he referred to "one homosexual" among his elected councillors during meetings with community groups...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Playboy magazine features its first transgender Playmate
    Ines Rau is Playboy magazine's first transgender Playmate, appearing in the marquee spot of the magazine's November/December issue...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • When a straight woman falls in love with a gay man
    Like most people, Monica Davidson was devastated when her boyfriend dumped her...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Robert Mugabe appointed World Health Organisation ‘Goodwill Ambassador’
    Links: Express
  • Three Rainbow MPs to Become Ministers
    Links: Express

Sat 22 Oct 2016

  • Tranzform - 2nd hand clothing sale (2016) (17-19 Tory Street, Wellington)
    Ariki Brightwell talks about Tranzforms first 2nd hand clothing sale.
    Features: Taupuruariki Brightwell

Thu 22 Oct 2015

  • Caitlyn Jenner to be Named Woman of the Year by Glamour...
    Links: Express
  • German Political Party Wants to Ban ‘Gay’ Schoolbooks and TV
    Links: Express
  • Homophobia on the Rise in India
    Links: Express
  • US anti-trans rights scare video
    Opponents of a proposed gender anti-discrimination ordinance in the American city of Houston have plumbed new depths in a video designed to scare the hell out of the city's voters...

Wed 22 Oct 2014

  • “A Night Out” with GALS
    Links: Express
  • GLBT Jamaicans Facing “intolerable levels of violence” – Human Rights Watch...
    Links: Express
  • Jump on Board! Auckland Pride Festival Seeks New Board Memebers
    Links: Express
  • MKR’s Christchurch Cuties
    Links: Express
  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015 Tourism Campaign Launched
    Links: Express
  • Watch: Adorable coming out story
    A gay man recalls coming out to his football mad mum, who tells him "Oh, honey, honey, that's fine, but can we just wait till commercial?!" GayNZ...

Tue 22 Oct 2013

  • Pressure on Coca-Cola to speak up on Russia
    Coca-Cola bosses are expected to meet this week to decide if they should speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws, and the supporters of GLBTI rights worldwide are being urged to pressure the company to do so...

Sat 22 Oct 2011

  • The RWC 1st XV
    After 6 weeks of close evaluation of form and careful deliberation, the Queer Eye for the Rugby Guy RWC 2011 team has been announced...

Fri 22 Oct 2010

  • Russia's gay march ban ruled illegal
    The European Court of Human Rights has told Russia its ban on gay marches is illegal...

Thu 22 Oct 2009

  • Toronto picked for World Pride in 2014
    Delegates at the International Pride Conference in Florida this week have chosen Toronto as the host city for 2014's international celebration of gay equality...

Wed 22 Oct 2008

  • Key's support for anti-gay groups "two faced"
    A National party proposal to disband the gay-friendly Families Commission and instead fund NGO initiatives carried out by homophobic conservative religious groups has led Rainbow Labour spokesperson Maryan Street to label National leader John Key as "two-faced...

Mon 22 Oct 2007

  • Beautiful setting for lesbian summercamp
    January's lesbian summercamp in Kiriwai will be a great opportunity to rest and recover under canvas in the peace of the countryside near the ocean and native bush, says organiser Aggie Jakubska...

Sun 22 Oct 2006

  • Happy Diwali
    Sanjay Dayal Sanjay Dayal, 20, has just led his dance troupe to victory at the Diwali Festival of Lights in Auckland...

Sat 22 Oct 2005

  • Silent Right?
    In the Maxim Institute's latest Evidence magazine, there appears to be a puzzling disengagement from opposing LGBT rights...

Fri 22 Oct 2004

  • Why Flannagan fails... another perspective
    Matthew Flannagan is a conservative Christian student, affiliated to the Reformed Calvinist tradition, and currently works with Student Choice, an organisation that advocates voluntary student unionism...

Wed 22 Oct 2003

  • Sex was consensual, says restaurant owner
    Bar and restaurant owner Philip David Sturm has pleaded guilty to eight charges of supplying speed or ecstasy, but not guilty to twelve charges of sexual violation and stupefying with intent, saying in his defence that the sex was consensual...

Thu 22 Oct 1998

  • New Zealand Navy announces a gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)
    It includes the issuing of pink triangle stickers to identify "safe places"

Mon 22 Oct 1984

  • Churches in New Zealand attempt to block the television series Jesus the Evidence (New Zealand)
    The BBC series contains references to homosexuality.
    Links: YouTube

Mon 22 Oct 1973

  • Television: artist Toss Woollaston talks about painter John Constable (New Zealand)
    Review, ref: TZP6434.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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