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Fri 30 Oct 2020

  • Former Wallabies prop reveals torment about hiding his sexuality
    Former Wallabies prop Dan Palmer overdosed on painkillers before revealing he was gay in a conversation with a friend that changed his life...
    Links: Stuff
  • Former Wallaby comes out
    One-test prop Dan Palmer has become the first Wallabies player to come out as gay...
    Links: RNZ
  • Mamazons and mastectomies: New Zealand's LGBT community faces unique cancer risk
    A lesbian couple who have both survived breast cancer are happy NZ has become more accepting, but the rainbow community still faces a higher risk...
    Links: Stuff
  • Rugby: Former Wallaby Dan Palmer comes out as gay, opens up on struggle hiding his sexuality
    Former Wallaby Dan Palmer has come out as gay in a lengthy self-written column in which he admits his own death felt "preferable" to anybody discovering his sexuality...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • 2 x $100 Giapo Ice Cream Vouchers 
    Links: Express
  • 5 x Sam Smith’s ‘Love Goes’ Vinyl
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Pride Welcomes Two New Takatāpui Onto Their Board
    Links: Express
  • Exclusive: David Seymour Says Human Rights Commission “Hasn’t Done Much” For...
    Links: Express

Wed 30 Oct 2019

  • British Olympian Under Fire For Anti-Trans Comments
    Links: Express

Tue 30 Oct 2018

  • Mobile tests for HIV and syphilis rolled out in Pacific
    New mobile testing kits for HIV and syphilis are being rolled out in the Western Pacific by the United Nations Development Programme...
    Links: RNZ

Mon 30 Oct 2017

  • Sydney Opera House Sails Light up Hot Pink
    In 2018, Sydney will celebrate the historic 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and on Friday 3 November 2017, theSydney Opera House will help Mardi Gras launch its full 2018 program by lighting its sails a blazing hot pink ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Actor Kevin Spacey addresses claims of sexual misconduct against 14-year-old boy by coming out as gay
    Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey, known worldwide for his roles on House of Cards and American Beauty, has apologised following accusations he tried to seduce a 14-year-old boy...
    Links: Stuff
  • Actor Kevin Spacey addresses claims of sexual misconduct against boy, 14, by coming out as gay
    Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey, known worldwide for his roles on House of Cards and American Beauty, has apologised following accusations he tried to seduce a 14-year-old boy...
    Links: Stuff
  • Review: Friday Night Jams at Spark Arena
    Links: Express

Fri 30 Oct 2015

  • 2 x Copies of A Work in Progress
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Copies of Book Inside a Pearl
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to the Topp Twins!
    Links: Express
  • Celebrate New Zealand Bookshop Day!
    Links: Express
  • Netherlands Lifts Lifetime Ban on Gay/Bi Men Donating Blood
    Links: Express
  • A unique journey to motherhood
    In their first media interview since taking to Facebook in a bid to find a sperm donor, lesbian couple Ashleigh Habgood and Alley Williams open up about their relationship, finding themselves at the center of a viral social media story and their journey to becoming mothers...
  • Dan Savage to speak at Otago Uni event
    LGBT advocate Dan Savage will be delivering a keynote speech at the University of Otago tomorrow as part of a three day event celebrating sex-related research...
  • Kiss in Hawaii lands lesbian couple in jail
    A lesbian couple on a romantic getaway in Hawaii were arrested for kissing at a local supermarket and forced to spend three nights in jail...

Thu 30 Oct 2014

  • Dallas Airport Homophobe Escapes Jail Time
    Links: Express
  • Singapore Court Upholds Anti Gay Law
    Links: Express
  • Now showing: Last Chance Café
    Co-facilitated by gay Aucklander Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, Last Chance Café is a play put on by the Hobson Street Players, of 140 Hobson Street, Auckland...
  • Pair admits torture, murder of 'gay' child
    Murder victim Gabriel Fernandez An American woman and her ex-boyfriend have admitted torturing and murdering her eight-year-old son, because they thought he was gay, and will avoid the death penalty...
  • Randa takes out Critics' Choice Prize
    Rapper Randa has taken out the Critics' Choice Prize, scoring a $10,000 grant and industry mentoring...
  • Ricki and Jessie win MKR Viewers' Choice
    Christchurch couple Ricki-Mae Paisley and Jessie Smulders have won the My Kitchen Rules Viewers’ Choice prize...
  • Singapore: court upholds anti-gay law
    File Photo The highest court in Singapore has upheld a Colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex...
  • Survey shows HIV stigma remains rife
    Jonathan Smith is among those who appear in More Than HIV, a short film addressing stigma...
  • Suspicious blaze at Auckland gay sauna
    Gay Auckland sauna the Wingate Club has been hit by the second fire in 18 months, and this time it’s suspicious...
  • Watch: Del Rio and Delano star for Starbucks
    Recent New Zealand visitors Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano get grumpy when they haven’t had their caffeine fix! GayNZ...

Wed 30 Oct 2013

  • Advocates get Coca-Cola protest into gear
    A glbti rights group has hired trucks emblazoned with a call to speak out against Russia’s homophobic laws, and had them circle Coca-Cola’s HQ in Atlanta, for an entire day...
  • Meet: baby queen Cherry Poppins
    Cherry Poppins has taken out Baby Queens, proving this pink-wigged performer is one to watch out for! Cherry tells us what drew her to drag and offers some advice for anyone thinking of stepping into some uber-high heels...
  • Rankine sets NZ Masters butterfly record
    Rankine at the end of her swim (picture thanks to Julie Stirling) Auckland swimmer Jenny Rankine has broken the New Zealand National Masters W60 50m Butterfly record...
  • Westboro gets special front lawn drag show
    The viciously gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church has been treated to a drag show, which was performed from the Equality House across the road from its headquarters...

Sun 30 Oct 2011

  • Hague accuses Government of "moral cowardice"
    Kevin Hague The government has been accused of "moral cowardice" over its lack of support for a move by Australia to highlight the criminality and brutal treatment of homosexuals in most Commonwealth countries...
  • Review: From Farrokh to Freddie to immortal fame
    Freddie Mercury - The Definitive Biography by Lesley-Ann Jones Hodder managed to encompass diverse talents and egos without succumbing to destructive tensions - he was always the star turn...

Sat 30 Oct 2010

  • An article profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force is published in Your Weekend (Dominion Post) (New Zealand)
    Out in Uniform, an article by Beck Eleven, is published in Your Weekend (Fairfax) magazine profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force including Major Brendan Wood and Lieutenant Commander Kevin Sanderson, Flight Sergeant Annette Walding and Flight Lieutenant Stu Pearce
  • Buffy and Bimbo join forces with Weta
    Buffy and Bimbo Buffy and Bimbo have been invited to work alongside Weta Workshop on a unique fundraiser for Project Born, which helps with the care of premature babies...

Fri 30 Oct 2009

  • Gender-diverse exhibition comes to Hamilton
    It's now Hamilton's turn to see an art and film exhibition profiling over twenty Kiwis who define their own gender identity outside conventional norms...
  • Last days of OUTLine October this weekend
    We're getting very close to OUTLine October's target of $30,000 to help keep the ailing LGBT phone support network alive - and there are several events happening this weekend across NZ to support the worthy charity...
  • Picking the best Halloween costume for your effeminate son
    Trick or treat! Just in time for Halloween, here's a 'how to' guide to butching up your girly son as he prepares to beg strangers for candy...
  • Review: BENT - Chch's Little Gay Cabaret
    The big event in Christchurch over Labour weekend was of course The Globes at The Bedford...

Thu 30 Oct 2008

  • 'Little Britain' accused of promoting hate
    The characters of hit comedy Little Britain – including "only gay in the village" Daffyd Thomas, are stereotypes which play on people's prejudices, according a new study...
  • Homo horror around NZ for Halloween
    It's a real 'monster mash' this weekend around New Zealand, with several bar theme nights and events aiming to attract brave homos to celebrate Halloween 2008...
  • Jools Topp gets arty for animal charity
    The Topp Twins are much-loved as guitar-playing and yodeling entertainers, but it's Jools Topp's artistic talent which will be in the spotlight this weekend, in aid of a charity which defends animals against cruelty...
  • Watch Ramon's new music video!
    Still Remains has been a journey of love for trans singer/songwriter Ramon Te Wake...

Tue 30 Oct 2007

  • "My personal passion for the AIDS Foundation"
    Hoani Jeremy Lambert After eleven years as a NZ AIDS Foundation volunteer, including three years as Trust Board member and two of those as chair, Hoani Jeremy Lambert has decided to sever his formal connection with the organisation he credits with saving his life...
  • AUS: 'Family First' man caught nude on net
    An Australian campaigner for family values has been dumped as a candidate by the Family First Party after nude photos of him were discovered on gay websites...
  • Pageant: Queens cause airport shutdown
    Auckland Airport passenger and freight processing operations came to a shuddering halt on Sunday as the contestants from this years' Queen of the Whole Universe pageant arrived on charter flights from all over the world, says the event's Creative Director...
  • Rudd's Wrong Step?
    Kevin Rudd Unfortunately, prospective Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has wrongstepped the Australian LGBT communities over relationship reform...
  • UK: "Gay sex" in Royal blackmail plot
    The story of the two men arrested after attempting to blackmail a minor member of the British Royal Family has been headlined as a "gay-sex-and-drugs blackmail plot" by The Times newspaper yesterday...
  • Urgent meeting to plan Burnett Centre move
    Auckland's HIV testing and counselling facility, the Burnett Centre, urgently needs a new home, and now interested people in the community are invited to discuss its relocation options...

Sun 30 Oct 2005

  • Beyer's Gender Identity Bill dumped
    MP Georgina Beyer's Human Rights (Gender Identity) Bill has been dumped from parliamentary consideration, and Prime Minister Helen Clark has said it will not be revived...
  • Fleming's Glasshouse: We take Maxim to task over its public statements
    On Thursday 20 October I was interviewed by Eva Radich about the Maxim Institute's plagiarism scandal on National Radio's Nine To Noon programme...
  • HIV/AIDS Conference: Logan's warning - the full text
    At the NZ AIDS Foundation Gala 20th birthday celebrations, marking the end of the Pan Pacific HIV/AIDS conference, Wellington activist and strategist Bill Logan was amongst those honoured with a life membership for his outstanding contribution to the work of the Foundation and to the fight against HIV...
  • Menfriends' Stuart Yeatman
    Stuart Yeatman Stuart is one half of the team behind Christchurch's sauna, adult shop through diversifying into wholesaling adult products and a program of constant venue development and focus on excellence we have managed to do that...
  • NZAF awardee: Board is disoriented
    The NZ AIDS Foundation board stands accused of being strategically disoriented and placing the effectiveness of the Foundation at risk, ironically by a man it had just honoured for his assistance to the board...
  • The marketing of idiocy?
    The venomous vicar, Garnet Milne, is once again bursting (...

Thu 30 Oct 2003

  • Television item (New Zealand)
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    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Gay pensioner bashed to death in home
    A 28-year-old man is on trial in Wellington for the murder of a 72-year-old gay man, who was bludgeoned to death in his home on December 8 last year...
  • Lindah E at Fashion Week
    Joint winner in the 'Innovation' category at this year's Modus Operandi Fashion Awards, fashion designer Lindah Le Pou last week showed her new collection at the Civic Theatre in Auckland as part of the high-profile New Zealand Fashion Week...
  • Sturm accuser denies sexuality confusion
    A 25-year-old electrician who alleges he was secretly drugged and sexually violated by Philip David Sturm yesterday denied that he consented to sex and then had doubts about his sexuality...

Wed 30 Oct 2002

  • "Be careful in Sydney" say sexual health workers
    Sexual health workers in New Zealand are warning sexually active kiwi gay men to be careful in Sydney during the Gay Games...
  • Nature of relationships is subject of Silo play
    A theatre production with a gay theme which proved popular in Wellington's fringe Festival opens at Auckland's Silo Theatre this Friday night...
  • Violent, tragic movie to premiere for Hero
    A movie following the tragic story of gay lovers trapped in a murderous life in Medellin, Colombia, will have its NZ premiere as an early fundraiser for Hero...

Tue 30 Oct 2001

Mon 30 Oct 2000

Sat 30 Oct 1999

Sat 30 Oct 1993

  • A silent auction and cabaret evening is held to fundraise for the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

Thu 30 Oct 1986

Wed 30 Oct 1985

Sat 30 Oct 1971

  • Politician Grant Robertson is born (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia

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