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Sat 23 Oct 2021

  • A Rainbow in the Village (2021) (The World's, Unofficial Shortest Pride Parade)
    Pat McIntosh and Val Little from Paekākāriki Pride Inc talk about how COVID-19 has impacted on Pride 2021
    Features: Janet Holborow, Pat McIntosh, Val Little
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • A Queer Existence: The lives of young gay men in Aotearoa New Zealand by Mark Beehre
    REVIEW: Photographs and interviews form an historical document...
    Links: Stuff
  • Daniela Elser: Meghan move that bagged William and Kate $10 million
    OPINION: One of my favourite stories about the royal family and their work goes like this...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Hana Pera Aoake: Uungutungutu
    Links: Express

Fri 23 Oct 2020

  • 'Determined' gay penguin couple in Dutch zoo steal nest of eggs from lesbian neighbours
    A gay penguin couple at a Dutch zoo have turned to a life of crime to become dads...
    Links: Stuff
  • Labour MP Louisa Wall calls for homosexual law reform in Cook Islands
    Labour MP and LGBT advocate Louisa Wall is calling on the Catholic church in New Zealand to support homosexual law reform in the Cook Islands...
    Links: RNZ
  • An URGEnt Need To Party
    Links: Express
  • I URGE You To Dance
    Links: Express
  • Louisa Wall Calls on Catholic Church to Support Homosexual Law Reform...
    Links: Express
  • The URGE To Play
    Links: Express

Wed 23 Oct 2019

  • Jacinda Ardern recognises gay conversion therapy as a religious freedom for...
    Links: Express
  • Marriage Equality Finally Arrives In Northern Ireland
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Families Take Shape
    Links: Express

Tue 23 Oct 2018

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 23 October 2018
    Political parties in Fiji are told to conduct campaigns free from racial and religious intolerance; the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Fiji amid concern their visit could influence the upcoming general election; Papua New Guinea's National AIDS Council says five years of budget cuts have caused the number of HIV infections to creep up; public office holders in Vanuatu learn lessons of accountability through the courts; a former Cook Islands cabinet minister warns of the threat posed by a burgeoning public service; more tests on the horizon for Mate Ma'a Tonga...
    Links: RNZ
  • Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people
    WASHINGTON — LGBT leaders across the U...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Lucy Lawless to Attend The First New Zealand LGBTI Awards
    Internationally-known actress and activist Lucy Lawless will be appearing at the inaugural New Zealand LGBTI Awards Ceremony next month, and says she is delighted to be a part of the inaugural event created as a celebration of equality...
    Links: Scoop
  • Oregon bakery appeals fine for turning away lesbian couple
    PORTLAND, Ore...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Years of budget cuts sees PNG's HIV prevalence creep up
    Papua New Guinea's National AIDS Council says five years of budget cuts have caused the number of HIV infections to creep up again...
    Links: RNZ
  • Kevin Baker, one half of Iconic Drag Duo Buffy and Bimbo...
    Links: Express

Mon 23 Oct 2017

  • UK tells UN: Don't call mothers 'women' - they're 'pregnant people'
    Britain is lobbying the United Nations to start using the term "pregnant people" on the grounds that confining the description to women excludes transgender people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • British Man Jailed For Brushing Against a Man’s Hip in Dubai
    Links: Express
  • Far North District Council Chief Being Investigated for Referring to Councillor...
    Links: Express
  • Mugabe Stripped of ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ Title
    Links: Express
  • Playboy to Feature First Ever Trans Centrefold Playmate
    Links: Express

Sun 23 Oct 2016

  • Blenheim man attacked for being "homo" in pink
    A Blenheim barman has been savagely attacked by two men who taunted him as a "pink-shirt-wearing homo...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Child in father's custody due to being raised female
    A seven-year old in the UK has been removed from a mother's care by a judge because she was raising him as a female...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay crime pardon bill fails in UK Parliament
    John Nicholson MP Despite hopes of gay men who have a criminal record after being historically convicted of same-sex intimacy before anti-gay sex laws were struck down having their convictions wiped, the UK parliament has given the proposal the thumbs down...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mau tells Moa being outed was "awful"
    Former TV and now radio presenter Alison Mau has told talk show host Anika Moa that she had little time to come to terms with her sexuality before she was outed by two mainstream media, an experience she describes as "awful"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The 'I' in GLBTI: Growing up Intersex
    Wednesday October 6th is Intersex Awareness Day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Ghost of Ferdinand Marcos
    Is the current president of the Philippines' 'war on drugs' a harbinger of the days before the peaceful overthrow of the Ferdinand Marcos regime in 1986? And what does it presage for LGBT Filipinos? Over the last thirty years, the South East Asian archipelago has ridden a fractious path to full democratic institutions, and meaningful civil liberties and human rights...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 23 Oct 2015

  • Chile’s Civil Union Laws Take Effect
    Links: Express
  • FAFSWAG BALL registrations now open
    Registrations are now open for this year’s FAFSWAG BALL...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV Awareness ahead of World AIDS Day
    An HIV awareness campaign will be launched on November 1 ahead of World AIDS Day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • PandR: Bobbing Overseas?
    It's time for a status report on our solitary local Christian Right nuisance pressure group, Family First...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sochi Olympic medalist comes out as gay
    Gus Kenworthy, US Olympic freeskier who won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, has come out as gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 23 Oct 2014

  • Awash with Grooming Knowledge
    Links: Express
  • Bill Passed in New South Wales to Extinguish Historic Gay Sex...
    Links: Express
  • GlaxoSmithKline Floating Minority Stake of HIV Treatment Company
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi Women Urgently needed for Historic Study
    Links: Express
  • Shanghai Lil’s Ponsonby Opens Friday
    Links: Express
  • #Pants2HIV!
    UK gay men’s health charity GMFA has come up with its own take on the ice bucket challenge...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Bishops' stance exposes NZ tensions
    Professor Peter Lineham A noted religious affairs expert says the shunning by Catholic Bishops of the Pope's move to modify the church's stance on gay people highlights tensions around the subject in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Christchurch couple bows out of MKR
    Christchurch couple Ricki-Mae Paisley and Jessie Smulders have left My Kitchen Rules in a mixture of emotion and humour...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Legacy Project: Get your submissions in!
    The clock is ticking to get your story in for the Legacy Project, with submissions closing in just over a week...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marriage Equality: USA!! USA!! USA...???
    Why has marriage equality become one of the core LGBT issues within the United States, as increasing numbers of US states strike down earlier statutory or constitutional bans against it? Thirty one states have now done so- and almost sixty percent of US inhabitants now live in a state where marriage equality is recognised...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • O'Connor and Wainwright for WOMAD
    Sinead O'Connor...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 23 Oct 2013

  • ACT passes historic marriage legislation
    File photo Australia’s first-ever marriage equality legislation has passed in the ACT...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • K' Rd misspelled in Auckland Monopoly
    Auckland’s gayest street, Karangahape Rd, has been misspelled in a new Auckland edition of the Monopoly board game...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Randa's Frankenstein vid up for NZ Music Award
    A video for Auckland rapper Randa has been nominated for a Vodafone New Zealand Music Award...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tony Abbott: The Irrelevance of Australia?
    Last month, Liberal leader and conservative Catholic Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister of Australia- much to the unease of many Australian social liberals and the Australian LGBT communities...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 23 Oct 2012

  • Author to speak on church anti-gay teachings
    Dr Stuart Edser Traditional church teachings on gay sexuality are "wrong, unjust and harmful" says a gay Christian psychologist who will speak at a Metropolitan Community Church service in Auckland this Sunday evening...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Christchurch Pride: It's back!
    “We reckon the time for Christchurch to stand up and party is long overdue,” is the statement which heralds the return of Christchurch Pride, after an 18 month absence...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Christchurch Pride: It's back!
    “We reckon the time for Christchurch to stand up and party is long overdue,” is the statement which heralds the return of Christchurch Pride, after an 18 month absence...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Committee will be "swamped" McCoskrie claims
    Bob McCoskrie Opponents of marriage equality claim they’ve had “overwhelming” demand for information on making a submission against the bill...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Man says church kept him imprisoned for being gay
    Mike Lowry Four members of an extremist church in North Carolina have been charged over allegations they held a young gay man against his will and repeatedly assaulted him, in an attempt to “cure” him...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Voting about to close for Olwage's NZGT semi-final
    New Zealand’s Got Talent semi-finalist Chris Olwage is waiting with bated breath as voting is about to close...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • “Fractured” community to reconnect at Pride12
    Chritschurch Pride has not been held since May 2010 The organisers of Pride12, the first such event to be held in Christchurch since before the earthquakes, hope it will be a chance for the community to reconnect...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 23 Oct 2011

  • Gay rugby fans pick Frenchman over Carter
    Carter (left) is considered past it when it comes to looks, with France's Trinh-Duc seen as the man of the future Former favourite Dan Carter has been left out in the cold by gay rugby fans, who have picked Frenchman Francois Trinh-Duc as the most visually appealing first-five in their Rugby World Cup 1st XV...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Quinto to play gay ghost in horror show
    Heroes and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto will play a dead gay man in a new series American Horror Story, after he recently spoke for the first time publicly about being gay to New York magazine...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 23 Oct 2010

  • Newspaper: "Hang Uganda's top 100 homos"
    US evangelical Christians are believed to be behind a Ugandan newspaper's outing of the first installment of what it calls "Uganda's 100 top homos" with the headline "hang them...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Your guide to Labour Weekend
    For those of you who aren't at the beach, the bach or the campground soaking up the rays this long weekend, there are plenty of GLBT events happening in the main centres...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 23 Oct 2009

  • Malaysia's $39 million gay lawsuit thrown out
    Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim wanted to sue former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for 100 million Ringgits (NZ$39 million) after he accused him of being gay - but the appeals court has rejected the case...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Volunteers needed for World AIDS Day 2009
    The nationwide annual World AIDS Day street appeal will be on Friday 27 November, and volunteers are needed to help take donations...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Volunteers needed for World AIDS Day 2009
    The nationwide annual World AIDS Day street appeal will be on Friday 27 November, and volunteers are needed to help take donations...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 23 Oct 2008

  • Concern grows at National's families plan
    Gay politicians and community leaders are expressing heightened concern at the National Party's announced intention to disband the gay-aware Families Commission and divert its funding to services run by organisations such as "repressive" religious groups with a homophobic track record...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ gay porn going to Berlin Festival
    An explicit gay male sex film produced in Auckland will make its European debut this week at the 3rd Annual Berlin Porn Film Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tim Barnett on shortlist for top UNAIDS job
    Long-time Rainbow Labour and Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett is one of four people recommended for an internationally high-profile role as Executive Director of the UNAIDS programme...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 23 Oct 2007

  • Awkward start for gay Desperate Housewives
    Gay couple Bob and Lee have moved into Wisteria Lane - and made an enemy of Susan Myer instantly - in the new series of US comedy/drama Desperate Houswives...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Homophobes lose power in Poland election
    Poland will have a new Prime Minister after Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice party conceded defeat to Civic Platform...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer artist exhibition at Aotea Centre
    A new exhibition at Auckland's Aotea Centre will showcase painting, photography and sculpture from a group of local queer artists...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer as Folk creator's new gay drama
    Russell T Davies, the executive producer of Doctor Who executive producer and creator of Queer as Folk, says he's developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sunday slot for The L Word's third season
    Local free-to-air TV channel Prime will show new episodes of lesbian drama The L Word on Sunday nights from this weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • What about a Forum for Real Families?
    National MP Judith Collins Last weekend, the Christian Right gathered its pressure groups to converse about The Family...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 23 Oct 2005

  • Beyer shown where the door is
    MP Georgina Beyer says she's been told by the Prime Minister the door will always be open for her this parliamentary term – the exit door, that is...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 23 Oct 2004

  • Boyjoy, Platinum Plus, Manup and Wei Ge Wang recalled
    The Ministry of Health's medicines safety authority (Medsafe) has ordered the recall of four herbal products because they contain undeclared prescription medicines...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Destiny plots takeover of country - yes, really
    Destiny's self-proclaimed charge towards rule of New Zealand continues this weekend, with two consecutive Labour Weekend conferences at the Destiny Church headquarters in Mt Wellington; one for the Church, and one for the political party – who of course have nothing to do with one another...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Do Gays Cause Hurricanes?
    Pat Robertson Do "Unnatural" Acts Cause Natural Disasters? Pat Robertson, founder of the USA Christian Coalition, warned Orlando, Florida, that it was courting natural disaster by allowing gay pride flags to be flown along its streets...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 23 Oct 2003

  • 'NZ Tabloid' website bows out
    David Herkt and Jonathan Marshall's first post-Queer Nation venture, the controversial website NZ Tabloid, has been discontinued as from yesterday...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lies from witness in Sturm case
    A 21-year-old electrician who alleges that Philip David Sturm drugged and sexually violated him admitted in court yesterday that he lied about the extent of his drug use, for fear it might incriminate him...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 23 Oct 1986

Wed 23 Oct 1985

  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (23 October 1985) - part 1 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 23 October 1985 (part 1).
    Features: Ann Hercus, Bill Dillon, Frank O'Flynn, Maurice McTigue, Peter Tapsell
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Parliament: second reading debate - Homosexual Law Reform Bill (23 October 1985) - part 2 (Parliament buildings)
    Audio from parts of the debate during the second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 23 October 1985 (part 2).
    Features: Bill Sutton, David Butcher, Derek Angus, Fred Gerbic, Jim Bolger, John Falloon
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
    Links: PrideNZ.com

Sat 23 Oct 1976

  • The fifth National Gay Liberation Conference is held over Labour weekend (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The conference is promoted with the text: repeal all anti-homosexual laws; ban discrimination against gays! The conference takes place in the Student Union Building at Victoria University.
    Links: Salient

Wed 23 Oct 1968

  • The Homosexual Law Reform's Society petition is presented to the Petitions Committee (New Zealand)
    The petition called for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in private between consenting males aged 21 and over.
    Links: University of Auckland

Thu 23 Oct 1919

  • The Thames Star reports on a play about Dr. James Miranda Steuart Barry (Thames, New Zealand)
    Barry was a military surgeon in the British Army who lived their adult life as a man.
    Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

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