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Fri 4 Dec 2020

  • Not deadnaming Elliot Page and other basic trans etiquette
    A transgender teen has educated others after Elliot Page came out...
    Links: Stuff
  • 2 x Mariah Carey and Elton John Autobiographies
    Links: Express
  • 2 x Tickets to SPLORE 2021  
    Links: Express
  • Exclusive Interview: Urzila Carlson is All The Rage
    Links: Express

Wed 4 Dec 2019

  • Chris Martin says he was 'very homophobic' while discovering his sexuality
    On the heels of Coldplay's newest album Everyday Life, Chris Martin sat down with Rolling Stone for an in-depth discussion about his music, life and upbringing...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Fighting HIV-AIDs in the 1980s
    When HIV-AIDs arrived in New Zealand in 1984, homosexuality was still illegal, condoms were a bit of a dirty joke and you certainly didn't talk on the radio about sexually-transmitted diseases...
    Links: RNZ
  • Folau Saga Concludes as Rugby Australia Reach Settlement with Former Wallaby
    Links: Express
  • KEEGAN’S Drag Diary | Ending the Decade of Drag
    Links: Express
  • Out and About | Rainbow Auckland December Mixer
    Links: Express
  • Represent NZ to the World | Register For Mr Gay NZ 2020
    Links: Express

Tue 4 Dec 2018

  • HIV: The shame, stigma, and progress
    A new survey has found almost half of parents don't want their child playing with another who is HIV-positive...
    Links: RNZ
  • Bermuda Makes Same-Sex Marriage legal For The Second Time
    Links: Express

Mon 4 Dec 2017

  • Future Man: Seth Rogen's more vulgar answer to Stranger Things set for Kiwi debut
    From the surrealist nesting doll of realities in Legion to the frank yet humane explorations of sexuality in Transparent, the best moments of the Peak TV era deliver scenes and stories you've never seen...
    Links: Stuff
  • Human Rights Commission NZ backs transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for Commonwealth Games
    The Human Rights Commission says transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is not masquerading as a woman to win medals and critics are wrong to question her Commonwealth Games debut...
    Links: Stuff
  • Big Gay Rainbow Speech Suddenly Goes Viral in Japan
    Links: Express
  • Death of Man in NSW Ruled a Homophobic Attack, 29 Years...
    Links: Express
  • GALS Sing for Those in Hardship
    Links: Express
  • Nature vs Nurture Study Reinforces Stereotypes
    Links: Express

Sun 4 Dec 2016

  • Wellington to host massive gay rights conference
    Wellington is to host the one of the world's most influential glbti conferences in 2018 after a bid from three New Zealand organisations was accepted, making it the first time in 40 years the conference has been held in Oceania...

Fri 4 Dec 2015

  • Former Auckland Pride Parade Registrations Coordinator Speaks Out
    Links: Express
  • Small steps needed for glbti equality in PI nations
    Love Life Fono participants take a break between sessions The path to social and legal equality for glbti people in the Pacific Island nations will be a long and slow one best taken in small and careful steps, participants in a conference heard today...

Thu 4 Dec 2014

  • Extremist US Pastor: Gay People Should Be “Exterminated For An AIDS...
    Links: Express
  • Former Pride Board Member Lexie Matheson “not sure” if 2015...
    Links: Express
  • GABA Christmas Mixer
    Links: Express
  • Thoughts on The Imitation Game
    The Imitation Game is the most recent iteration of the story of Alan Turing, the man who invented digital computers...

Wed 4 Dec 2013

  • UNAIDS strongly refutes 'homophobic' claim
    Dr Louis Loures The Deputy Executive of UNAIDS has refuted claims the organisation is homophobic, but concedes it’s aware the attention to gay and bi men in HIV/AIDS work worldwide is currently not up to scratch...

Tue 4 Dec 2012

  • Dana de Milo (Wellington)
    Dana de Milo talks about her early life
    Features: Dana de Milo
  • GABA scholarships awarded tomorrow night
    Two and possibly three gay students will tomorrow night find out if they are to be recipients of this year's GABA Tertiary Scholarships...

Sun 4 Dec 2011

  • Wilde mausoleum to be protected from kisses
    A glass barrier has been erected around the tomb of Oscar Wilde to deter people from leaving damaging lipstick kisses on the edifice...

Sat 4 Dec 2010

  • Lesbian guilty of burning down ex's house
    A Northland woman has been found guilty of arson after burning down her former partner's Bay of Islands home because she started seeing another woman...

Fri 4 Dec 2009

  • Free sexual health clinic opens in Wellington
    The NZ AIDS Foundation has joined with Wellington Sexual Health Services to provide a full sexual health screening service at the NZAF Āwhina Centre in central Wellington...

Thu 4 Dec 2008

  • UN wants global law reform, Vatican objects
    On behalf of the member countries of the European Union, France will soon table a resolution at the United Nation calling for governments worldwide to de-criminalise homosexuality – but the Vatican has condemned the move...

Tue 4 Dec 2007

  • Wellington boys trash a transwoman
    Some young guys from Wellington posted a vile YouTube video yesterday of a 'big laugh' they had when they were out on the town...

Mon 4 Dec 2006

  • New LGBT nightclub hits Hamilton
    The Waikato's Miss Gloriousole is pleased to announce a new LGBT club for Hamilton...

Sat 4 Dec 2004

  • TVNZ promotes CU phone poll as serious
    TVNZ News is parroting the results of a Close Up at 7 0900 phone poll that received 17,000 calls opposing gay unions as a sign that New Zealanders are seriously opposed to civil unions...

Thu 4 Dec 2003

  • Television news report: Pharmac refuses to subsidise HIV medication (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Matt Whyte, Richard Meech, Wayne McNee and Annette King. One news, ref: F61189.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Speight's cancel gay-joke billboard
    A Speight's beer billboard that made gay men the butt of its joke has been removed by Lion Breweries following complaints from the public...

Wed 4 Dec 1991

  • Television news report: launch of Kids with AIDS support group and trust (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Jeremy Miller and his parents Katrina Miller and Howard Miller. Holmes, ref F107907.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Thu 4 Dec 1986

  • Newspaper report: USA Salvation Army funding anti-homosexual reform campaign in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
    Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)
  • Television news report: HIV prevention - providing clean needles to people who inject drugs (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F132362
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fri 4 Dec 1970

  • Television news report: unsuitable books found in children's section of department store (Auckland, New Zealand)
    This Day, ref TZP86812.
    Links: TVNZ

Wed 4 Dec 1912

  • James Townsley (a.k.a. Evelyn Hartwood) is jailed for 5 years (Sydney, Australia)
    Referred to as the "king of burglers" in South Australia, Townsley is also known for his skill at female impersonation. He is jailed for escaping custody in Adelaide.
    Links: Papers Past

Fri 4 Dec 1835

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