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On This Day: 8th November

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Sun 8 Nov 2020

  • ADB aids Marshalls water supply, sanitation on Ebeye
    The Asian Development Bank has approved a $US3 million dollars grant to improve access to safe water and sanitation in Ebeye...
    Links: RNZ

Fri 8 Nov 2019

  • James and James Discuss Their Two Ts
    Links: Express

Thu 8 Nov 2018

  • The first Government and Partners Rainbow Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Co-organiser Theresa Peters said that "the audience is mostly staff and government agencies. The Rainbow community will be presenting to us; it's about how we review our practices and policies to do better for Rainbow communities."
  • Pensioner, 69, who identifies as a 45-year-old, fights to legally change age
    A 69-year-old Dutchman is battling to legally reduce his age by 20 years so he can get more work and attract more women on Tinder...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Puāwai Transforms Aotearoa’s Relationship to HIV
    Championing authentic expression and representation of the HIV community, the Puāwai Festival is set to kick all things stigma to the kerb, when it returns to Auckland from Monday 26 November to Saturday 1 December ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Public backing for gender and sexuality survey questions
    Statistics New Zealand says it has had positive support for its inclusion of questions about gender identity and sexual orientation in surveys...
    Links: RNZ
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Reputation
    Links: Express
  • Viva La Diva
    Links: Express

Wed 8 Nov 2017

  • Danica Roem becomes first openly transgender state representative elected
    Virginia's most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office today by Danica Roem, a Democrat who is poised to become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker and embodies much of what Del...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Ask Agony Uncle Eli
    Links: Express
  • Having The Chat: Ben and Aaron
    Links: Express
  • Robbie Williams History With The Gay Community
    Links: Express

Tue 8 Nov 2016

  • 2 double passes to Boy George and Culture Club
    Links: Express
  • 3 copies of ‘Holding’ by Graham Norton
    Links: Express
  • 5 tubes of Anime lubricant
    Links: Express
  • Luxury in Palm Springs
    Links: Express
  • What does it mean to be ‘gay’?
    Links: Express
  • United Nations vote on LGBTI rights
    Fierce advocate for the rights of queer and gender diverse people, Aych McArdle speaks to us about the importance of the upcoming UN General Assembly vote and its impact on human rights...

Sun 8 Nov 2015

  • Family’s Sizzling Saturday
    Links: Express
  • Same Sex Marriage Question Outrages Hallensteins Customers
    Links: Express
  • Petition calls to “drop the T” in LGBTI
    A change...

Sat 8 Nov 2014

  • Jenna - Beyond Rainbows (Whatawhata)
    Jenna talks about being young and transgender in 2014
  • Princess To Queen Heat One – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Twerking Out – Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Worse proposed Ugandan law emerges
    A Ugandan human rights lawyer has obtained a leaked copy of a proposed anti-gay law which is even harsher than the one struck down by the Constitutional Court in August...

Fri 8 Nov 2013

  • Watch: Educating for Diversity

Thu 8 Nov 2012

  • US: Multiple victories create "momentous day"
    Barack Obama has become the first incumbent US President to include the gay community in his acceptance speech in what is being described as a “momentous” day for LGBT Americans...

Tue 8 Nov 2011

  • Anne Speir profile
    Features: Anne Speir
  • Aunty Wai Mason profile
    Features: Aunty Wai Mason
  • Geoffrey Marshall profile
    Features: Geoffrey Marshall
  • Johnny Givins profile
    Features: Johnny Givins
  • Jonathan Smith profile
    Features: Jonathan Smith
  • Karen Ritchie profile
    Karen Ritchie talks about growing up and the Cartier Trust
    Features: Karen Ritchie
  • Katija Vlatkovich profile
    Features: Katija Vlatkovich
  • Making a Difference gallery (Auckland)
    Images of interviewees in the Making a Difference series
  • Miriam Saphira profile (Auckland)
    Miriam Saphira talks about growing up, being a writer and researcher, and establishing the Charlotte Museum
    Features: Miriam Saphira
  • Three-way
    Three women with three amazing voices; Feist, Florence + The Machine and Bjork have all released new albums which we have on high rotate at GayNZ...

Mon 8 Nov 2010

  • Search for new NZAF chief begins
    The search for a successor to the recently resigned Executive Director of the NZ AIDS Foundation has begun in earnest, with the position described as offering "new opportunities for service development and innovation...

Sun 8 Nov 2009

  • Sunday of solidarity for intersex people
    Today, Sunday 8 November, has been dubbed international 'Intersex Solidarity Day', to raise awareness of the existence of intersex people and the issues they face...

Sat 8 Nov 2008

  • Sombre response to government change
    Initial response tonight from glbt political activists to tonight's change of government is sombre, with concerns expressed for the future of initiatives to address equal rights and liberties for glbt people...

Thu 8 Nov 2007

  • OUTLine tackles stress with relaxation class
    A free course in Auckland will teach the meditation and relaxation techniques our community might need as we prepare for the silly season, says OUTLine's general manager Neil Denney...

Wed 8 Nov 2006

  • Family boss to expand his empire
    The owner of two Auckland gay nightclubs will open a new gay-friendly restaurant next month...

Tue 8 Nov 2005

  • Anti-gay Fiji church risks prosecution
    The anti-gay Methodist Church in Fiji could face a human rights prosecution if it holds another protest march against homosexuality...

Mon 8 Nov 2004

  • More antigay evangelicals in NZ than US
    Antigay religious conservatives could have big say in next year's general election if they managed to mobilize together, according to Massey University's Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Peter Lineham...

Sat 8 Nov 2003

  • Sturm denies forcing sex
    Auckland bar and restaurant owner Philip David Sturm suggested to police that a 20-year-old who had made allegations of drugging and sexual violation against him might have had "some sort of guilt trip" after their encounter, which Sturm says was entirely consensual...

Fri 8 Nov 2002

  • Kiwi cyclists notch up Gay Games medals
    A gold, one silver and two bronze medals have been won by NZ road racing cyclists at the Sydney Gay Games...

Thu 8 Nov 2001

  • Be Ever Vigilant!
    During the political hiatus between the local body elections and the coming general elections Doreen Agassiz-Suddens, a "lesbian, feminist, member of Rainbow Labour who has an MA (Hons) in Political Studies with a thesis on the Pink Vote," suggests we keep our political antennae carefully tuned...

Wed 8 Nov 2000

  • Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia
  • The first reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand)
    Links: Parliament

Thu 8 Nov 1984

  • Television: David Hartnell promoting his book David Hartnell's Guide to Beauty (Wellington, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP12718.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 8 Nov 1968

  • Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
    Links: Hansard
  • Television news report: Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
    The Petitions Committee has no recommendation to make on the petition when it is returned to the House. MPs, by way of a voice vote, accept the committee's report. NZBC news, ref TZP86826. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)

Thu 8 Nov 1934

  • Effie Pollen dies (aged 55) (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Pollen is buried at Karori Cemetery in Wellington.
    Links: Probate

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