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Rugby players around the world have worn rainbow laces on the field to support for openly gay former player Gareth Thomas after he was the victim of a gay hate crime. The former Wales rugby player, who came out as gay in 2009 and retired in 2011, told his Twitter followers on November 18 he …

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Several major supporters and sponsors have pulled out of New Zealand’s largest pride parade after organisers banned police officers from marching in uniform. Two weeks ago, the Auckland Pride Board announced they would not allow police officers to march in uniform at their next parade in February next year, because they do not “currently meet …

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Pink performs on her beautiful trauma Australian tour

Two friends have spoken of their disappointment in the response of staff after they were the target of homophobic slurs at one of Pink’s New Zealand concerts. Chris Dutton and a friend told Stuff.co.nz they left the concert at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium early last Saturday after two other concertgoers harassed them for being gay. …

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Openly Gay Priest

A community’s prayers have been answered with Reverend Chris Swannell making history as the first New Zealander in an openly gay relationship to become an Anglican priest. Rev Swannell, who owns a boutique lodge at Russell’s Orongo Bay with his partner, the wine and travel writer Michael Hooper, led his first service at Christ Church …

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Challenges Of Coming Out Later

The challenges older men face coming out as gay is the focus behind new research in New Zealand. Gay Men Coming Out Later in Life, a thesis written by Auckland University of Technology Professor Quentin Allan, gives a unique insight into the lived experiences of Kiwi men who, having spent most of their lives in …

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Denied Wedding Cake

A Brisbane same-sex couple planning to wed in New Zealand have had their request for a wedding cake refused by a baker who told them same-sex ceremonies are against her beliefs. Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick got engaged last year and had planned a wedding for the small northern New Zealand town of Waipu next …

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nz police graduation proposal

A New Zealand police officer has surprised his boyfriend with a marriage proposal at his graduation ceremony from the police academy. Constable Erik Meechan from Hawke’s Bay took the opportunity during the ceremony to surprise partner Matty Judd, interrupting proceedings to ask him to step forward. Judd with their with he and his partner of …

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NZ Politician

Labour MP Tamati Coffey believes it’s time for New Zealand to create a ministerial portfolio for rainbow affairs. “I personally think that we need a minister in government that’s actually in charge of rainbow issues,” he said during a Facebook Live interview with Newshub Nation. “In Canada I know they’ve got a minister that’s in …

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blacks

The New Zealand All Blacks are famous for the All Black strip – emblazoned with the silver fern. But they have shown their true colours in a recently released video showing the players wearing specially designed ‘rainbow’ jerseys. The All Blacks, along with female counterparts the Black Ferns, are shown in the clip entering a …

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Laurel Hubbard

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has suffered what is likely a career-ending elbow injury at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The New Zealand athlete was reportedly leading with a lift of 120kg in her 90kg-plus class on Monday, but injured her arm after attempting to lift 132kg and was forced to withdraw. Hubbard said …

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