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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
  • 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...

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
  • 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
  • Jaguar XE 2.0 T R-Sport – I’m Sold!
    Links: Express
  • 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...

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
  • SkyTower to celebrate tick in rainbow style
    The SkyTower has previously lit up for Auckland Pride Festival...

Thu 31 Oct 2013

  • 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...

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
  • 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...

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...

Sun 31 Oct 2010

  • 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...

Sat 31 Oct 2009

  • 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...

Fri 31 Oct 2008

  • 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...

Wed 31 Oct 2007

  • 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...

Tue 31 Oct 2006

  • The Well-Hidden
    Well, Family First launched its inaugural "Family Forum" during the weekend, and an old familiar face was present at the event...

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...

Sun 31 Oct 2004

  • Ten seemingly simple questions
    Sometimes it's hard to get a straight answer, or any answer, to a simple question...

Fri 31 Oct 2003

  • 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...

Thu 31 Oct 2002

  • 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).
  • 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...

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.
    Links: Papers Past

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