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Wednesday 27 May 2015

 Review: Chekhov Gone Wilde
Posted in: Performance  26th May 2015
"Patrick Graham is a larger-than-life human being and his theatre productions follow suit. He has a big personality and his productions are colonised by characters of not dissimilar dimension."

 Doco Fest preview: Te Manu Ahi
Posted in: Movies  25th May 2015
A short film by talented Auckland couple Andy Jalfon and Skot Barnett is showing at the Documentary Edge Festival.

 Sweden wins Eurovision
Posted in: Music  24th May 2015
Mans Zelmerlow's winning song is called Heroes, and in accepting the prize he said “we are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in”.

 Pink Shirt Day remains about lgbti bullying, Foundation says
Posted in: Our Communities  21st May 2015
Has Pink Shirt Day gone back into the closet? No way, says the Mental Health Foundation. Chief Executive Judi Clements says that’s definitely not the case.

 Doco fest preview: To Russia With Love
Posted in: Movies  21st May 2015
A film featuring New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup and other athletes in the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics opens at the Documentary Edge International Film Festival tonight.

 Comment: A way to fund gender reassignment surgery
Posted in: Our Communities  20th May 2015
Trans woman and rights advocate Allyson Hamblett would love to set up a system which would pay for trans people to have surgery, and allow them to pay the cash back in a way they can afford.

 Patrick Graham's Chekhov Gone Wilde!
Posted in: Performance  20th May 2015
Patrick Graham is back with another theatre mash-up, this time mixing the work of Anton Chekhov and Oscar Wilde.

 In-Trans-Sigent: The Key administration and Transgender Rights
Posted in: Comment  20th May 2015
Craig Young asks, how do LGBT New Zealanders get the general public to support transgender rights concerns?

 Open letter to Jonathan Coleman
Posted in: Features  20th May 2015
Trans woman Diane Sparkes has written to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who she says like every other cisgender person in New Zealand "has never had to walk in our shoes".

 Jan Logie: "Nutty" talk causing more harm
Posted in: Features  20th May 2015
Green MP and transgender advocate Jan Logie is disgusted at the Health Minister describing free access to gender reassignment surgery as a “nutty idea”.

 Comment: "A black day" for trans people in NZ
Posted in: Our Communities  19th May 2015
Agender President Lynda Whitehead says it’s a black day for all trans people in Aotearoa. “We have been hit with a double whammy by the New Zealand Government”.

 TV preview: Empire
Posted in: Television, Features  19th May 2015
When Empire hits NZ screens tonight, you’re going to want to check it out, for a lot of reasons – including a lead gay character, and the diva to rule them all - Cookie Lyon.

 Designing a new flag: the rainbow contenders
Posted in: Features  19th May 2015
Among the more than 1,200 submissions, we’ve found a few budding designers who think we should add a dash of rainbow to our national ensign.

 Nothing but aroha: Lee and Sandra's wedding
Posted in: Weddings & Civil Unions, Our Communities  18th May 2015’s Jay Bennie attended the Rotorua wedding of Lee Bransden and Sandra Yates. He writes of a day that was all about love.

 HIV and AIDS - The Earliest days
Posted in: Health & HIV, Features  17th May 2015
Retired Infectious Diseases specialist Rod Ellis-Pegler recalls the early days as HIV and AIDS moved from ignorance to fear to death and crept inexorably through our national community of gay and bisexual men.