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Thu 12 Dec 2019

  • ‘They’ Named the 2019 Word of the Year
    Links: Express
  • Swe Zin Htet Makes History As First Openly Lesbian Miss Universe...
    Links: Express
  • TikTok Under Fire For Censoring LGBTI Users
    Links: Express

Wed 12 Dec 2018

  • A Happier Prince: Rupert Everett Discusses LGBT Politics, Colin Firth, And...
    Links: Express
  • Alex Farrell-Davey From Alea Opens-up About His Band’s Debut Album Titled:...
    Links: Express
  • Samuel Andrews From The NZ Drug Foundation Talks About Being Safe...
    Links: Express
  • Top? Bottom? Facebook Now Bans You From Saying
    Links: Express
  • Winning the Drag Race: express Chats to Kita and Anita From...
    Links: Express

Tue 12 Dec 2017

  • Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military
    WASHINGTON — Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • PrEP and Sex Toys in Luggage May Have Led to Gay...
    Links: Express
  • Russian Bans Nude Rowing Charity Calendar
    Links: Express

Mon 12 Dec 2016

  • Laying Down the Benjamin Law
    Links: Express
  • Mike Pence Lookalike Dons Short Shorts to Collect Money for Charity
    Links: Express
  • Takatāpui book investigation continues
    An investigation into the publication of a book on the lives of takatāpui people remains on-going with no resolution of the problem which saw it withdrawn from public distribution just hours before its planned official launch...

Sat 12 Dec 2015

  • UN: LGBTI discrimination is major financial burden
    The United Nations’ Free and Equal campaign has exposed just how much LGBTI exclusion really costs...

Fri 12 Dec 2014

  • Body Positive’s new Mark
    Links: Express
  • Film Review: 52 Tuesdays
    Links: Express
  • Opinion: The Forgotten Anniversary
    Links: Express
  • Our Ballet Beau!
    Links: Express
  • Wilde delighted at guilty arson verdict
    Fran Wilde says she has been beating herself up for not putting the material into the National Archives Fran Wilde is happy there's been a guilty verdict over the arson which claimed irreplaceable Homosexual Law Reform documents, but says there is no sentence that can make up for what’s been lost...

Thu 12 Dec 2013

  • The key issues we still face
    A group of queer, trans and intersex Kiwis have put together a submission for the Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand’s human rights record, which will take place in Geneva in January...

Wed 12 Dec 2012

  • Your submissions: Craig Hoyle
    We are sharing some of the thousands of submissions being made for marriage equality...

Mon 12 Dec 2011

  • Song composed in memory of Phillip Cottrell
    Phillip Cottrell died in hospital yesterday afternoon A Melbourne-based musician has written a song in tribute to slain Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell, as he tries to cope with the killing of his friend...

Sun 12 Dec 2010

  • Your best of Barbra
    The entries flooded in for our competition giving away Barbra Streisand's Ultimate Collection – and the five lucky winners have been found...

Sat 12 Dec 2009

  • Austria's parliament approves Civil Unions
    Austria's parliament has approved civil union legislation, which will see its same-sex couples able to formalise their relationships from 1 January 2010...

Fri 12 Dec 2008

  • Two gay roles on Golden Globes' list
    Hollywood actors Sean Penn and Ralph Fiennes are both nominated in this year's Golden Globe Awards for playing gay roles...

Wed 12 Dec 2007

  • When Otters go wild...
    Scotty D Otters – either an amphibious (or in some case aquatic) carnivorous mammal, or slim hairy gay men, from a subset of the bear community – are known to have a habit of escaping and letting loose! Last June my otter compatriot of the carnivorous type Jin (although both are known to be very fond of meat!) escaped Auckland Zoo for a generous three months and explored the North Shore...

Tue 12 Dec 2006

  • The Canadian Controversy
    Following several years of Charter of Rights and Freedom constitutional court challenges, Canadian lesbians and gay men had won recognition of same-sex marriage within several Canadian provinces, leading the then-Liberal federal government to pass its own federal same-sex marriage legislation in 2005...

Sun 12 Dec 2004

  • Season of highlights for Ponsonby Heroes
    The Ponsonby Heroes say they're honoured at being named gay sports team of the year at the GABA Charity Auction last Sunday...

Thu 12 Dec 2002

  • Gay link probed in Wellington murder
    Police are seeking help from Wellington's gay community as they investigate the murder of a 72-year-old man found bludgeoned to death in his Upper Hutt flat...

Wed 12 Dec 2001

  • Anti-gay hate crimes in NZ, 1990-2001
    The revelation, by a court witness, that a Waterview, Auckland man was murdered because he propositioned another man highlights that New Zealand, like many other countries, has a sad record of gay men being beaten up or murdered...

Mon 12 Dec 1983

  • The Laetus Social Club ends (New Zealand)

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