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Mon 12 Dec 2022

  • Alcohol harm high among rainbow students, study finds
    "An unsupportive home or school environment may give rise to alcohol being used as a coping mechanism," InsideOUT director Tabby Besley says...
    Links: Stuff
  • Lindah Lepou on fashion, queer acknowledgement and personal wellbeing
    The designer and recent Arts Foundation laureate dishes on why her grandmother most inspires her and how the world of fashion is changing...
    Links: Stuff

Sun 12 Dec 2021

  • The House: Gender Self-ID (Aotearoa New Zealand)
    RNZs The House reflects on the passing of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act
    Features: Deborah Russell, Phil Smith
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • The first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was identified in New Zealand (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Links: RNZ

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
  • Bill English says he'd now vote for marriage equality
    On his first day as Prime Minister Bill English says he now supports marriage equality, often known as same-sex marriage, despite voting against it in 2013...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brady Bunch actress fired for homophobic abuse
    The actress who played the youngest daughter in the Brady Bunch TV series has been sacked from her job as a talkshow host on a Los Angeles radio station after posting foul-mouthed homophobic abuse on Facebook...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gender-fluid actor nominated for Oscar
    Actor Kelly Mantle has become the first performer to ever be accepted for consideration for both the Best Supporting Actress and the Best Supporting Actor categories of the Oscars...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Introducing Paul Foster-Bell MP - pt 2
    (This is part two of an interview with gay MP Paul Foster-Bell...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Introducing Paul Foster-Bell MP - pt 2
    (This is part two of an interview with gay MP Paul Foster-Bell...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NPIP protesters plead not guilty to trespass
    The three of the four protesters arrested at the Department of Corrections Hamilton office last month and charged with trespass have this morning pleaded not guilty...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 12 Dec 2015

  • Historic Offences: The Case for Erasure
    Justice Minister Amy Adams has said that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that New Zealand should follow the lead of several overseas jurisdictions and erase Department of Justice criminal records that produced convictions for private, consensual adult gay sex before the passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Holiday hours for Auckland support services
    If you are looking for support this silly season you may need to reach out to one of our Auckland LGBTI support services...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer youth facilitator sought for HLR30 art project
    A project examining lesbian involvement in homosexual law reform and lesbian activism is seeking a queer youth facilitator...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UN: LGBTI discrimination is major financial burden
    The United Nations’ Free and Equal campaign has exposed just how much LGBTI exclusion really costs...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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
  • Golden Globe nominations announced
    Movies The Imitation Game, Pride and The Normal Heart, plus TV shows Transparent and Orange is the New Black, are among the Golden Globe nominations...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Marching towards February
    Taki (right) with husband Shane at the 2014 Parade...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Unclear whether Israel will march in Pride
    Protestors were removed from the parade route by security guards when they confronted the Israeli Embassy group...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 12 Dec 2013

  • BBC disciplines Norton over red ribbon
    Graham Norton and all his guests wore red ribbons in the episode Graham Norton has been 'disciplined' by BBC for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon in a recent episode of his chat show, just a few days before World AIDS Day...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • High Court strikes down ACT marriage bill
    File photo Marriage equality advocates say they are devastated the High Court has struck down a bill which allowed couples to marry in the Australian state ACT...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Indian court makes gay sex illegal again
    India's Supreme Court Indian gay rights campaigners say they refuse to go back into the closet, as the nation's Supreme Court has once again made gay sex illegal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF in favour of one year blood stand-down
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is backing a draft recommendation for the ban on gay and bi men giving blood being dropped from five years after they have had sex with another man, to one year...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Skjellerup just misses out on Olympic spot
    Blake Skjellerup Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has missed out on qualifying for the Winter Olympics, by the narrowest of margins...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 12 Dec 2012

  • Catholics offended by Pope marrying gays billboard
    One of the billboards on Beach Rd in Auckland The Catholic Church wants Powershop to take down satirical billboards showing the Pope marrying a gay couple, which it says are highly offensive...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rotorua lesbian slit lover's throat, cut off her ears
    Michelle Hoffman-Tamm It has been confirmed this afternoon that the victim and her female killer in a horrific murder in Rotorua had been in a sexual relationship...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Your submissions: Craig Hoyle
    We are sharing some of the thousands of submissions being made for marriage equality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Your submissions: Craig Hoyle
    We are sharing some of the thousands of submissions being made for marriage equality...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 12 Dec 2011

  • A dark week
    The fatal bashing of a Wellington man has shocked the gay community, and comes as it's been revealed police believe a Christchurch teenager was murdered, and two people are about to be sentenced for attacks on gay men in Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Facebook-loving teen remembered online
    Hayden Miles was 15 when he disappeared Tributes are flowing on Facebook for a Christchurch teenager who loved spending time on the social media site, on the day three people have appeared in court on various charge relating to the missing teenager, who is believed to have been murdered...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Finlayson retains Attorney General role
    Chris Finlayson Gay MP Christopher Finlayson has retained his role as Attorney-General in the new cabinet announced today by Prime Minister John Key...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • First-ever Bay Pride Festival "a huge success"
    The queens' arrival at Bay Pride The first ever Bay Pride Festival is being declared a huge success and organisers are already looking forward to next year when it will all happen again...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay NZ "prince" arrested over massive Q'land fraud
    Joel (Hohepa) Morehu-Barlow convinced friends he was a Tahitian prince A man who was well-known on the Auckland gay scene a decade ago has been arrested in Queensland, where he is alleged to have defrauded taxpayers of $21 million, while enjoying a lavish lifestyle and convincing people he was a Tahitian prince...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Killing "unprovoked and totally unnecessary"
    The death of Phillip Cottrell has left his many friends in the gay community in utter shock Police believe the death of Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell was random and unprovoked, and do not think it was related to his sexuality...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Killing may have been for "a few dollars"
    A gay Wellington journalist who was fatally bashed as he left work may have been killed "for the sake of a few dollars"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • MP to discuss community safety with police
    Grant Robertson Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson is vowing to talk to police in the city about community safety measures that can be taken, following what he terms an "horrific weekend for violence in Wellington"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 12 Dec 2010

  • Outgames launching massive arts festival
    Queen of the Whole Universe will have a special Outgames performance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 12 Dec 2008

  • Helen Clark popular with lesbians - Survey
    Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has proven popular among women in a survey by popular gay dating website gay-parship...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nations sign up for global gay law reform
    Vexing the Vatican: A gay couple kisses in St...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 12 Dec 2007

  • Another bashed gay New Zealander dies
    11...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AUS: Former Home and Away star comes out
    Former Australian soap actor Tim Campbell has publicly confirmed he is gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jodie Foster thanks "my beautiful Cydney"
    After year of rumours about her sexuality, Hollywood leading lady Jodie Foster has publicly acknowledged Cydney Bernard - widely believed to be her partner - in a recent entertainment award speech...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Glamazons Spice up all our lives
    The Glamazons know what you really want for Christmas! Wellington's mischievous tranny-gang The Glamazons (Natasha Crowe, La Toya Jacksin, Ellie Kat and Victoria, joined by Arabia) wowed the crowd with their Spice Girls tribute at Imerst nightclub recently… and by popular demand (from the girls themselves!) we present the videos from their show: Viva Forever We love Arabia and her umbrella at 00:34"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 12 Dec 2006


  • Wellington's annual Mr Gay Wellington pageant will return at Easter 2007, after some delay and debate...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hooking up on the net
    Ten New Zealand guys told us their favourite stories of good, bad and downright scary experiences in their quest to find love and sex online...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Nigeria: Plan to outlaw gay media
    A proposed Nigerian law would make it illegal just to share a meal at a cafe with gay friends...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Safe sex ads target Auckland bus shelters
    NZAF's Gay Men's Health team will today launch its popular “Men Seeking Men” safe sex campaign on nine bus shelters in central Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 12 Dec 2004

  • New NZAF research grant for students
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is calling for applications for a new $6,000 grant scheme which will be awarded annually to a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher working either on HIV/AIDS or men-who-have-sex-with-men...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 12 Dec 1983

  • The Laetus Social Club ends (New Zealand)

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