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Sun 31 Oct 2021

  • Ed Sheeran Discusses His Sexuality: “When I Was A Kid I...
    Links: Express

Sat 31 Oct 2020

  • Dr Fran Priddy: 'Transformational nine months' as scientists race to find Covid-19 vaccines
    How is New Zealand contributing to the urgent global quest for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine? American vaccine expert Dr Fran Priddy recently joined The Malaghan Institute as Clinical Director of the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa NZ (VAANZ)...
    Links: RNZ
  • First Wallabies Player Comes Out as Gay
    Links: Express

Wed 31 Oct 2018

  • Whiringa-ā-rangi / November 2018
    Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-rangi update...
    Links: Lesbian News Aotearoa

Tue 31 Oct 2017

  • Court blocks Trump's transgender army ban
    US federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the military...
    Links: RNZ
  • Federal judge blocks part of Donald Trump's transgender military ban
    A federal judge in Washington has blocked the Trump administration's proposed transgender military ban, writing in a strongly worded opinion that the policy "does not appear to be supported by any facts...
    Links: Stuff
  • Kevin Spacey accused of unwanted sexual advances
    The fallout from Weistein scandal has taken a new twist with US actor Anthony Rapp accusing Kevin Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances in 1986...
    Links: RNZ
  • Kevin Spacey's scandal
    In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Hollywood has now been rocked by a new harassment claims...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Panel with Lavina Good and James Nokise (Part 2)
    It's that time of year again when gouls and ghots are celebrated while children beg for lollies...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Sampler - 31 October 2017
    This week in The Sampler Nick Bollinger discusses the ageing grace of Robert Plant; the conflicts of gay Christian singer-songwriter Julien Baker, and a look at the roots of Memphis pop legends Big Star...
    Links: RNZ
  • Turn Out The Lights by Julien Baker
    Nick Bollinger discusses the chords, choruses and conflicts of gay Christian singer-songwriter Julien Baker ...
    Links: RNZ
  • US court bars Trump from changing military policy on service by transgender people
    A federal court in Washington is barring President Donald Trump from changing the government's policy on military service by transgender people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Amber Maya: One to Watch
    Links: Express

Mon 31 Oct 2016

  • Getting Spooky at Halloqueen
    Links: Express
  • Rufus Wainwright Coming Back to New Zealand
    Links: Express
  • Taiwan Pride More Important Than Ever Before
    Links: Express
  • Boy George to pay for Pete Burns' funeral
    Boy George has reportedly offered his support to the family of the late Pete Burns, paying for the costs of the Dead or Alive singer’s funeral...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Leftists Against Clinton
    There are two sets of contrarians in the current US federal election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ study to highlight trans healthcare inequality
    The inequalities faced by transgender people regarding health and wellbeing is the new area of research by a University of Waikato researcher who aims to bring transgender healthcare issues under the spotlight...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Right to Life versus Inside Out
    Right to Life New Zealand is currently launching an Official Information Act attack against RainbowYOUTH's Inside Out programme...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Smith returns to Ak Pride to create 2017 parade
    Jonathan Smith working on the 2013 Ak Pride Parade In a 'Back to the Future' moment Auckland Pride has returned to its founding parade director to create next year's parade...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 Oct 2015

  • Iris Florence Peter Williams (Wellington)
    Julie Glamuzina talks about her book Perfectly Natural: The audacious story of Iris Florence Peter Williams
    Features: Julie Glamuzina
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Julie Glamuzina - homosexual law reform (Wellington)
    Julie Glamuzina talks about documenting lesbian political activity pre-homosexual law reform, her involvement in various movements in the 1970s and 1980s and the importance of taking direct action
    Features: Julie Glamuzina
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Jaguar XE 2.0 T R-Sport – I’m Sold!
    Links: Express
  • Controversy at ILGA Asia Conference
    The largest LGBT conference in Asia opened amid a cloud of controversy  as it has become apparent that trans participants were identified upon registration using their assigned birth names...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay man refereeing Rugby World Cup final
    When the take no prisoners World Rugby Cup match kicks off tomorrow morning the All Blacks and the Wallabies will be refereed by a gay man...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: The Stronger After Strindberg
    The Stronger After Strindberg By Nathan Joe Directed by Patrick Graham Presented by Theatrewhack at Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland from 28 Oct 2015 to 30 Oct 2015; andThe Lucha Lounge, 1 York St Newmarket, Auckland from 4 Nov 2015 to 7 Nov 2015 Johan August Strindberg was a polymath, no doubt about it...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • RY volunteers honoured with Local Hero Medals
    Three Rainbow Youth volunteers have received Kiwibank Local Hero Medals for their dedication to the community...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tickets to Ak W.A.D launch, Philomena available
    Free tickets to tomorrow's Auckland launch of the World AIDS Day awareness campaign and a special screening of the acclaimed Judi Dench movie Philomena are still available...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 31 Oct 2014

  • A Room with a View
    Links: Express
  • Anti-Gay Pastor Claims Starbucks Is ‘Ground Zero for Ebola’ Because of...
    Links: Express
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out: “I’m Proud to be Gay”
    Links: Express
  • Calls to Wipe Historic Gay Sex Convictions in NZ
    Links: Express
  • Apple's CEO: "I'm proud to be gay"
    Tim Cook Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken publicly for the first time about his sexuality, stating “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ to look at wiping gay sex convictions
    Justice Minister Amy Adams says she is open to discussions about wiping the criminal records of men convicted of having sex with other men before Homosexual Law Reform in 1986...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • SkyTower to celebrate tick in rainbow style
    The SkyTower has previously lit up for Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 31 Oct 2013

  • "NZ, I’m coming home" Dolly announces show
    Gay icon Dolly Parton says she is “coming home” to kick off a world tour at Auckland’s Vector Arena in February...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Moves on queer youth issues welcome
    File Photo The nation's largest queer youth organisation is welcoming Labour’s moves toward improving the lot of glbti high school students...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • New US Ambassador nominated by Obama
    Huebner (right) with husband Duane McWaine at the GABA auction (picture: Andrea) David Huebner’s departure from New Zealand is all but sealed, with US President Barack Obama nominating a former major league baseball player to replace him as the US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 31 Oct 2012

  • Mike Keegan - Older Gay Men (Auckland)
    Mike talks about what its like to be an older gay man in 2012.
    Features: Mike Keegan
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Community volunteers urged to attend The Concert
    Sam Johnson Christchurch community advocate and volunteer extraordinaire Sam Johnson is urging hardworking members of the GLBT community to attend “The Concert”, a music event celebrating people who give their time up to help others...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Five in the running for three NZAF Board places
    Five men with a wide variety of skill sets have been nominated for the three available positions on the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Trust Board...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV infections continued to fall in first half of 2012
    File photo A further six per cent drop innew HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men in the first six months of 2012  is “extremely encouraging” the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Man, 64, murdered after unwelcome advance
    File photo An Auckland hitchhiker has been jailed for at least ten years after bashing a 64-year-old man to death after he made an "unwelcome sexual advance"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marriage Equality: Submission Holds
    Say uncle, fundies! Now that the submission phase of the marriage equality debate has closed, what will happen next? Much depends on what volume of submissions are affirmative and what proportion of submissions are negative...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • OUTLine GM leaving, as major changes signalled
    Timothy McMichael is leaving in December OUTLine has confirmed General Manager Timothy McMichael will leave the organisation in December, as it begins a review of its staffing and structure...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Past chairs uneasy over NZAF's handling of allegations
    Silipa Take is facing indecent assault charges Distinct differences of opinion are emerging over the handling of the 2009 complaint to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation which has ultimately resulted in criminal charges being laid, three years on...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tagata Pasifika for Marriage Equality
    Jonathan Selu has started a Facebook group for Tagata Pasifika people to show their support for marriage equality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tagata Pasifika for Marriage Equality
    Jonathan Selu has started a Facebook group for Tagata Pasifika people to show their support for marriage equality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US: Fundy blames gay rights for Hurricane Sandy
    John McTernan A fundamentalist Christian American pastor is blaming the fight for gay rights for causing Hurricane Sandy, a destructive super-storm which has left more than 100 people dead from the Caribbean to Canada...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 31 Oct 2011

  • Facing a lifetime with HIV - pt1
    What's it like to contract HIV when you're barely out of your teens and just coming to terms with life? Kris is now 25, and this is his story...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Facing a lifetime with HIV - pt1
    What's it like to contract HIV when you're barely out of your teens and just coming to terms with life? Kris is now 25, and this is his story...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 31 Oct 2010

  • "It Gets Better" - Kevin Hague
    Gay Green MP Kevin Hague has thrown his support behind the global "It's Get Better" campaign, making a video to tell GLBT youth that although things may be tough now, life gets better...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mayor becomes Rainbow Wellington patron
    Celia Wade-Brown New Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has agreed to be Rainbow Wellington's patron, the third mayor in succession to do so...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 31 Oct 2009

  • Family Guy's a hit with GayNZ.com readers
    A straw poll of over 300 GayNZ...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obama ends ban on HIV+ travellers entering USA
    President Obama has signed a Bill, which will come into effect in January, ending a 22-year ban on HIV+ people entering America...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Obama ends ban on HIV+ travellers entering USA
    President Obama has signed a Bill, which will come into effect in January, ending a 22-year ban on HIV+ people entering America...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: Good times with GALS' Kiwifruits
    Kiwifruits Gay And Lesbian Singers (GALS) Centennial Theatre, Auckland Grammar School 31 October and 1 November at 5...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington's Out in the Square confirmed for January
    Wellington's annual central city outdoor fair day will return in January, aiming to top 10,000 visitors, pack Civic Square with high-quality stalls, and entertain the crowd with more fabulous performers and games...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 31 Oct 2008

  • And the award for Chch's Best Gay Event of 2008 goes to...
    Sorry this review of the Christchurch Oscars is a few days late - it took us a long while to get over the SHOCK and AWE! Flattering frock? Miss Mole It was the first Oscars night I'd been to...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Decriminalising Gay Sex in India
    Gay in India: Marching in Bombay Is India finally about to decriminalise male homosexuality? Under its colonial era Section 377 of the Penal Code, sexual acts 'against the order of nature' are still theoretically illegal in India...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • GandL singers choose their favourite songs
    Auckland's Gay and Lesbian Singers is celebrating 16 years of concerts by pulling out all their favourite songs and special guests for their end-of-year concert this weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Irish President condemns anti-gay bullying
    Ireland's President Mary McAleese has urged young people to stand up against those who bully their peers on the grounds of sexual orientation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • North Shore remembers Frank Sargeson
    Auckland's North Shore Heritage Week will present a special literary event to celebrate the life, works and influence of gay writer Frank Sargeson this Sunday...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 31 Oct 2007

  • Cambodian PM disowns lesbian daughter
    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced this week that he is severing all ties with his adopted daughter because she is a lesbian and living with another woman...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Clean-shaven carebears set for 'Movember'
    Anton Cronje It's that time of year again, when men up and down the country try to imitate the likes of Tom Selleck, Freddie Mercury or even Ned Flanders, as "Mo-vember" hits New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Crossing Mali
    Crossing Mali's cover In Ponsonby on Tuesday 23 October, a crowd of 50-60 people celebrated the launch of Crossing Mali, the combined work of the poetry of Brent Coutts and paper collages of Gavin Hurley, with drinks and the opportunity to have copies of the book signed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP Tim Barnett will not stand in Chch again
    Tim Barnett, an openly gay Labour Member of Parliament since 1996, has announced that he will not be standing for the Christchurch Central Electorate again at the next General Election...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Two Rainbow Labour MPs get promoted
    3PM: Prime Minister Helen Clark's major cabinet reshuffle, announced this afternoon, sees important new portfolios for two Rainbow Labour MPs...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: A third of football players had gay sex
    A study of former high-school American football players has found that more than a third said they had had sexual relations with other men...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 31 Oct 2006

  • Auckland drag performer dies in Sydney
    ‘Bustop', a well-known drag queen on the Auckland circuit in the mid ‘90's, has died in Sydney last weekend after a struggle with cancer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Auctioning slaves at Urge Bar
    Auckland's Urge Bar on K' Road is trying something new for charity this weekend – the chance for patrons to win their own personal slave...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sydney: Newspaper highlights gay sex list
    A website listing places where men can meet for sex has meant public toilets in a Sydney department store and community centre have been locked in a bid to put at end to ‘rampent homosexual activity' taking place there, the Sydney Morning Herald reports The list, at squirt...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Well-Hidden
    Well, Family First launched its inaugural "Family Forum" during the weekend, and an old familiar face was present at the event...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 31 Oct 2005

  • Art: Loyalty
    In his new show at the Oedipus Rex gallery, Peter Wichman takes a somewhat misanthropic look at the theme of loyalty...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 31 Oct 2004

  • "Gays and lesbians are family" Waikato Times
    Although morals campaigners frequently talk about gays and lesbians undermining family, Waikato Times columnist Denise Irvine says its time to be reminded that gays and lesbians *are* family...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ten seemingly simple questions
    Sometimes it's hard to get a straight answer, or any answer, to a simple question...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ten seemingly simple questions
    Sometimes it's hard to get a straight answer, or any answer, to a simple question...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 31 Oct 2003

  • Ex-Hero CEO avoids media during stealthy visit
    The man accused of mismanaging Hero into financial collapse in 2001 has slipped in and back out of the country, carefully avoiding the gay media...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Religious freedom above all others?
    Concerns have been raised in Britain over the government's decision to establish a single authority to deal with all forms of discrimination, including race, religion and sexual orientation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Invisible Population
    Statistics New Zealand has decided against including a sexual orientation question in the 2006 Census, despite its own commissioned research discovering that the public generally are accepting of the idea...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 31 Oct 2002

  • GayNZ.com reports that the Newtown School Board will now allow the Gay and Lesbian Fair to take place at the school (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The school had previously declined a request to hold the annual fair at the school (something which had occurred for the last 17 years).
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Capital school bows to pressure from Gay Fair supporters
    Wellington's Gay and Lesbian Fair will return to Newtown School Hall and grounds after being denied hall use by the school...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chair Anne Speir resigns from Hero trust
    Hero Trust chair Anne speir has announced her intention to resign from the embattled Trust to leave the organisation free to regroup for the future...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 31 Oct 1997

  • The domain name GayNZ.com is registered (New Zealand)

Mon 31 Oct 1994

Mon 31 Oct 1988

  • Peter Cuthbert dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Cuthbert is remembered in the first panel of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
    Links: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt

Mon 31 Oct 1960

Thu 31 Oct 1929

  • Leonard Hollobon is sentenced to five years reformative detention after pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault on males (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Norris Davey had earlier testified against Hollobon. Hollobon was released from jail on 14 October 1933.
    Links: Papers Past, Police Gazette (1929), Police Gazette (1933)

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