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Sat 5 Dec 2020

  • How a gay rugby team taught a Kiwi coach about the game's true values
    Mitch Canning took the Melbourne Chargers from easybeats to Bingham Cup champions but says he is indebted to what they taught him...
    Links: Stuff
  • NZ in last place as sport is accused of dropping the ball on homophobic language
    A major new academic study puts New Zealand at the bottom of an international table as gay male athletes in this country remain all but invisible...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tagata o te Moana for 5 December 2020
    Ava ceremony offers glimpse at aspirations of NZ's Pasifika MPs; A call for Pasifika victims of abuse to seek Royal Commission of Inquiry; Several of the Pacific region still contending with concerning covid-19 figures; UN disturbed by violence in West Papua; NZ opens up pathway for trial shipments of Tongan watermelon; Cook Islanders walk around Rarotonga to promote healthy lifestyle; PNG Supreme Court to decide on political standoff; Lack of awareness, stigma hinder HIV fight in Pacific; Pacific peoples urged to take ownership of new data hub...
    Links: RNZ
  • Your Last Chance To Get Experimental!
    Links: Express

Thu 5 Dec 2019

  • British lesbian couple first to carry baby in both their wombs
    A British lesbian couple have become the first parents to have a baby carried in both of their wombs in a landmark "shared motherhood" procedure...
    Links: NZ Herald

Wed 5 Dec 2018

  • Porn and teens report should serve as a wake-up call
    The Office of Film and Literature Classification’s (OFLC) survey of more than 2000 young people about pornography highlights that sexuality education provides an opportunity for a vital counter-narrative to porn that could reach most young New Zealanders...
    Links: Scoop

Tue 5 Dec 2017

  • Business Standards to Tackle LGBTI Discrimination Launched
    UN officials, business leaders and activists launch global standards to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in the workplace and beyond...
    Links: Scoop
  • Mark Reason: transgender lifter Laurel Hubbard carrying the weight of the world
    OPINION: The participation of transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard in the world weightlifting championships this week brings into focus a well-meaning piece of human rights legislation that will almost certainly have serious consequences...
    Links: Stuff
  • Aussie Politician Proposes to Partner In Marriage Debate Speech
    Links: Express
  • Wellington’s Rainbow Pasefika Communities Need Your Support
    Links: Express

Mon 5 Dec 2016

  • John Key is Out, Who’ll Be Our New PM?
    Links: Express
  • So Much Love at the Love Party
    Links: Express
  • Wallmart pays out on same-sex health benefits
    The world's largest retailer and biggest employer has relented by paying out on health insurance benefits denied to the same-sex employees of its American staff...

Sat 5 Dec 2015

  • Wellington youth sought for filming
    Ara Taiohi is making a short film with young people from LGBTI communities and are currently calling for cast – all identities welcome...

Fri 5 Dec 2014

  • Getting Bigger!
    Links: Express
  • World AIDS Day collection up on 2013
    This year's World AIDS Day appeal raised $30,120, meaning $12,000 will go to the Wellness Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to people living with HIV...

Thu 5 Dec 2013

  • Wgtn team being gathered for Outgames
    Wellingtonians considering heading to the Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin next May are being invited to an information evening...

Wed 5 Dec 2012

  • Trans/intersex passports policy becomes official
    Internal Affairs’ more flexible passport policy for transgender and intersex people has come into effect...

Mon 5 Dec 2011

  • Two Dorothies all at sea: Part Six
    The final of an occasional series detailing the experiences of a “straight” cruise by couple of gay Kiwi boys aboard the Radiance of the Seas cruise liner as it circumnavigates Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand – 15 October to 15 November 2011...

Sun 5 Dec 2010

  • Karen Ritchie of the Cartier Bereavement Trust
    Karen Ritchie Karen Ritchie is the face and founder of the Cartier Bereavement Charitable Trust, which raises money to assist with funerals for those who have passed on of HIV/AIDS related illness...

Sat 5 Dec 2009

  • Rainbow Youth reveals its new-look centre
    Refreshed: Inside Rainbow Youth's new-look drop-in centre Rainbow Youth is proud to reveal that renovations of its drop-in centre on K' Road is now complete...

Fri 5 Dec 2008

  • Iraqi journalist jailed for gay sex story
    An Iraqi journalist has been jailed for writing a story about homosexuality for a weekly news publication...

Wed 5 Dec 2007

  • Waipouri trial jury out today
    The jury of seven women and five men in Palmerston North High Court is expected to retire this afternoon to consider whether 17-year-old Andre Gilling helped his friend Ashley Arnopp murder gay man Stanley Waipouri late last year...

Tue 5 Dec 2006

  • Wellington raises over $20,000 for NZAF
    Wellington HIV/AIDS community prevention workers and volunteers raised over $20,000 for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation on World AIDS Day...

Mon 5 Dec 2005

  • Poisoned candyfloss
    Why hasn't Gordon Copeland done his homework before venturing into print on behalf of his same-sex marriage ban bill? His 'reasons' are so shallow that they can be compared to the insubstantial 'foodstuff' in the title of this column! Marriage is not "universally restricted to one woman and one man," as Canada, the Netherlands and Massachuesetts all demonstrate...

Sun 5 Dec 2004

  • CU opponents obsessed with sodomy
    Newstalk ZB host Kerre Woodham has defended the Civil Union Bill, saying "prejudice, intolerance and an unhealthy prurient fascination with sodomy are more dangerous than people who just happen to love each other"...

Fri 5 Dec 2003

  • Summer Camping: Vinegar Hill
    The Camp holiday camp for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people is just off SH1 near Hunterville, says the reigning Queen Calum of Vinegar Hill in his Christmas message...

Thu 5 Dec 2002

  • Awards acknowledge HIV/AIDS work
    Two gay men have been awarded life membership of the NZ AIDS Foundation in acknowledgement of their contributions to the field of HIV and AIDS...

Sat 5 Dec 1998

  • The Awhina World AIDS Day variety concert is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The concert takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa, with funds raised going to the Awhina Centre.
    Links: Te Papa

Thu 5 Dec 1991

  • Television news report: a viewer responds to the new Kids with AIDS support group (New Zealand)
    Holmes, ref F107913.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 5 Dec 1986

Wed 5 Dec 1984

  • Television: protest by anti-pornography lobby against Arthur Everards film censorship standards (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP12626.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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