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March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

February 6, 2015

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print 'out and proud' on receipts

A New Zealand bank has transformed four of its most prominent ATMs into rhinestone-covered GAYTMs in support of diversity and inclusion.

The GAYTMs, which were by introduced by ANZ Australia last year to celebrate the famous Sydney Mardi Gras and quickly became a sensation on social media, were commissioned in New Zealand as part of the bank’s diversity program.

Antonia Watson, chief financial officer and ANZ Pride Network executive
sponsor, said celebrating diversity was not only the right thing but also made good business sense.

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

July 19, 2013

Newcastle couple Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler and 8 friends and family members will be flown to Wellington by Tourism New Zealand for a dream wedding

New Zealand’s tourism authority is paying for an Australian couple’s wedding in the hopes of attracting the Australian same-sex marriage dollar across the Tasman Sea.

Newcastle couple Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler and 8 friends and family members will be flown to Wellington by Tourism New Zealand for their dream wedding on August 19 – the same day changes to the New Zealand Marriage Act come into effect.

The ceremony will be held at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington.

June 13, 2013

Hobbit and Lord of the Rings actor joins fundraiser for New Zealand Labour Party

Wizardly actor and gay rights activist Sir Ian McKellen is donating his time to the New Zealand Labour Party for a fundraising lunch in Wellington on 23 June.

The antipodean country has become a second home to the British actor as he has been working there for more than a decade for his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit trilogy.

May 6, 2013

New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, who became the world's first openly transgender MP in 1999, has chronic kidney failure

The world's first transgender MP, New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, is seriously ill with chronic kidney failure.

Beyer had been about to announce her candidacy in the Wellington mayoral election. She has not confirmed if she will no longer stand, but her illness means she has to have dialysis four times a week for the rest of her life, unless she gets a kidney transplant.

'I'm sure as hell not going to sit back and think, "woe is me",' said the 55-year-old in an interview with Woman's Day magazine.

May 3, 2013

We check into Brighton gay hotel Legends and check out the shopping, sights, sea and scene highlights

Brighton has always attracted the right sort. Way back in 1822, when the seaside city was just developing as a holiday capital, a servant from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George Wilson, met a guardsman there in a pub called the Duke of Wellington.

Fancying the look of him, and probably knowing guardsmen were famously easy, he offered him a sovereign and two shillings to go to the beach together and ‘commit an unnatural crime’.

Not much has changed.

April 27, 2013

A billboard suggesting people would be unhappy if their father married a man put up by a beer company after New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage has drawn criticism

A billboard erected by New Zealand beer company Tui after the country legalized same-sex marriage has been criticized as homophobic.

Tui billboards typically state something that is unlikely for anyone to say followed by the phrase, ‘Yeah, right!’ – meaning ‘as if anyone would ever say that!’

April 22, 2013

Archbishop John Dew of Wellington says 'an understanding of marriage that has its origin in human nature' has been discarded in New Zealand

The head of the Catholic church in New Zealand has responded to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country last week.

Archbishop John Dew of Wellington said:

'We find it bizarre that what has been discarded is an understanding of marriage that has its origin in human nature and is common to every culture.'

The Archbishop added 'we know many New Zealanders stand with us in this', Catholic News Agency reports.

January 31, 2013

Young gay Asian man says there is support for marriage equality among New Zealand's ethnic minorities

A young gay Asian man told the select committee examining the marriage equality bill in New Zealand's parliament yesterday that not all ethnic minorities in the country are against same-sex marriage.

Asian and Pacific Island communities in New Zealand have expressed opposition to the marriage equality bill. For example, members of a Korean church travelled from Auckland to Wellington to present their opposition to parliament.

David Do, a New-Zealand-born man of Vietnamese-Chinese heritage, spoke for gay members of ethnic minority communities.

January 26, 2013

GSN meets LGBT aquatics club Team Auckland Masters Swimming

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Damien Strogen - president of Team Auckland Masters Swimming (TAMS).

When was the TAMS club established?

We were formally set up in 1992. Ron Judd initiated the creation of TAMS. The idea germinated in 1990 at the Vancouver Gay Games and came into being 1992 with poolside coaching two times per week and registration as a masters club.

January 9, 2013

GSN meets the team from Wellington’s LGBT aquatics club in New Zealand

Continuing our series of getting to know the world’s LGBT sports clubs, in this issue we head to New Zealand to meet Martin Kaulback, Club Captain of Different Strokes - the LGBT aquatics club from Wellington.

How did Different Strokes start?

Different Strokes was established in 2008 by three swimmers - Hamish Allardice, David Huxford and myself.

Is Different Strokes just a swimming club or does it include other activities?

January 9, 2013

New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority rules billboard advert depicting the Pope blessing a male couple did not cause widespread offense

New Zealand's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed complaints against an advert depicted the Pope blessing a gay marriage.

The billboards that were displayed in Auckland and Wellington last month with the slogan 'Same Power, Different Attitude' prompted four complaints.

December 14, 2012

A 15-year-old strangled to death a student, in Campo Grande, Brazil, stating: ‘for me, gays are vermin’. Friend joined murder plot

Two teens have been arrested in connection with the murder of Lawrence Corrêa Biancão, a 20 year-old student, in Campo Grande, in the south west of Brazil.

The two confessed to the crime and stated that their motivation was theft and homophobia.

‘He wanted to kiss me and I wanted to kill him’, declared the boy who killed Biancão to daily Campo Grande News.

December 1, 2012

Gay British acting legend says he hopes New Zealand, the filming location of Lord of the Rings, will pass a marriage equality law

Gay rights advocate, acting legend and star of ‘The Hobbit’ Sir Ian McKellen says he would love to get married in New Zealand.

Speaking in a video message to a conference in Wellington, the British actor said he supported the ‘exciting prospect’ of marriage equality.

‘I hope that by the time I get back to Middle Earth I might even be able to get married,’ GayNZ reports he said.

October 11, 2012

Staff at an eco-sanctuary near Wellington identifies a bellbird with female DNA and male behaviour

Staff at an eco-sanctuary in New Zealand have identified a transgender bellbird with female DNA, male behaviour and plumage of both sexes.

Conservation officer Erin Jeneway at Zealandia eco-sanctuary outside Wellington was the first to spot the trans bird.

‘There’s something we can’t pin down. We haven’t seen anything like this before,’ Jeneway said to The Dominion Post.

September 4, 2012

An anti-gay New Zealand political party’s website now redirects to a website in support of marriage equality after it forgot to renew ownership of its domain name

An internet domain name being used by a New Zealand anti-gay political party now redirects to a website for the marriage equality campaign after the party forgot to renew its ownership of the domain name., along with a similar .org domain name, was being used by the New Zealand Family First Party which claims to promote family values but spends most of its time campaigning against LGBT rights and abortion.

May 22, 2012

Gay sports clubs around the world report a continuing struggle to attract and retain women members

If you look at the website of any LGBT community-based sports club, the goals, objectives and sentiment are generally pretty similar and very inclusive.

For example, Frontrunners proclaims that it’s mission is to ‘promote the sports of running, walking and related athletic activities for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders and their supporters’. But if you talk to most Frontrunners clubs around the world and their membership is dominated by middle-aged gay men.

April 18, 2012

Gay Australian artist Ross Watson has painted a portrait of Stephen Fry in Wellington

Stephen Fry sat for a painting by Australian artist Ross Watson in Wellington, New Zealand last weekend at the end of the actor's three month stay in the country filming Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

Fry was introduced to Watson's work by Lance Corporal James Wharton, the first person to hold a civil partnership ceremony in a British army barracks, whom Watson painted last year.

March 16, 2012

The international running club is going from strength to strength - we talk to Frontrunners from around the world about what this unique club means to them

When American author Patricia Nell Warren had her novel The Front Runner first published in 1974, it would have been beyond her wildest expectations that it would sell more than 10 million copies. But what’s even more impressive is that the novel has been the inspiration for an international grass-roots movement.

Warren’s novel tells the story of the relationship between an ex-Marine track coach and his Olympic athlete. It’s been translated into 10 languages and is widely acclaimed as one of the most popular gay love stories of all time.

March 14, 2012

Germaine Greer glitter-bombed in New Zealand for expressing 'transphobic feminism'

At a book-signing in Wellington, New Zealand today pioneering feminist Germaine Greer was ‘glitter-bombed’ by an LGBT rights group.

New Zealand group The Queer Avengers showered Greer in glitter to protest her ‘transphobic feminism’. 

February 24, 2012

Angry readers picketed The Dominion Post in Wellington, New Zealand, after it printed a 'dangerous' article about trans parents

Outraged protesters marched into the offices of a newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand, today, accusing the publication of transphobia.

The rally was organized by rights group The Queer Avengers after The Dominion Post printed columnist Rosemary McLeod's opinion piece 'Why I feel for the kids of ego-trippers'.

November 23, 2011
British history enthusiasts have launched a new wikimedia web site, LGBT History Project, and want other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to contribute to it.
British history enthusiasts have launched a new wikimedia web site, LGBT History Project, and want other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to contribute to it. The site was unveiled at the prelaunch event for Britain's LGBT History Month in November at the Oval Cricket Ground in south London. Using Wikipedia’s own software, everyone is invited to log on and enter stories, memories and knowledge of British gay life. Suggested topics include arts, sport, business, health, press, people and pubs and clubs.