LGBTQIA+

Rainbow refugees come to NZ to find safety, but say the system is not built for them

New Zealand welcomes refugees who are persecuted in their home country for being part of the rainbow community. But the experience isn’t always a safe haven. 

Halloween…

I’m intersex and I wish doctors had left my body alone

"I woke up out of the surgery and I just felt hollow."

Behind the scenes at Auckland's biggest vogue ball

“I vogue because it makes me feel safe and makes me feel like I have purpose.”

We went behind the scenes at the Legacy Ball, Tāmaki Makaurau’s…

Trans people tell us how they fell in love

We meet four gender diverse couples at locations in Tāmaki Makaurau that are special to them, and hear their swoon-worthy stories of how they met and…

Miss Arielle: New Zealand’s first trans beauty queen

Meet Miss Arielle Keil, New Zealand’s first transgender beauty pageant queen.

Petition to urgently ban conversion therapy in NZ is blowing up

Update Monday 22 February: The Government has announced it will bring forward the timeline to ban conversion therapy. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which…

Surviving conversion therapy as a young, Māori, takatāpui, autistic person

Content warning: This article contains mention of suicide

I grew up in the pentecostal Christian church from the age of 12 and only properly left at the…

Photo essay: an authentic school ball for rainbow communities

On Friday night in Auckland, people from all walks of life came together to relive their ball night. But this time, they actually felt comfortable to…

Three drag queens make Nigella Lawson's margarita chocolate cake

Auckland drag trio Les Femmes put their baking skills to the test with Nigella Lawson’s margarita chocolate cake.

It’s now easier for gay men to donate blood, as long as you haven't had sex recently

As long as you haven’t had sex in the last three months.

Wellington's first queer vogue ball: in photos

Last week Wellington held its first vogue ball at the City Gallery, hosted by Auckland’s House of Aitu. It’s a competition that mixes runway walking, dance…

Joan was tortured for being gay, and she’s not alone

For 12 years, Joan was forcibly subjected to electroconvulsive therapy.

Rūrangi behind the scenes: Casting trans actors to play trans characters can change lives

We talk to the cast and crew of Rūrangi about how positive trans representation can save lives.

For queer youth in NZ, homelessness is a real fear

1 in 5 trans people in New Zealand have experienced homelessness. We look at why.

At Auckland’s gay rugby club for their first training after lockdown

Now that we’re well into Covid alert level 1, we can finally go out and do fun stuff again. This also means the country’s favourite sport…

Queer Portraits of Auckland

Becki Moss is a photographer and visual storyteller with a background in environmental science, psychology and medical science. Her photo project Queer Portraits of Auckland captures…

People living with HIV tell us how we can stop the stigma

Modern HIV medication keeps New Zealanders alive and untransmittable. Nowadays, the stigma is harder to live with than the virus itself. Re: spoke with three HIV+…

Backstage on a giddy night at the Pride Gala

We handed Freya Finch, the director of OurGala, and Hugo Grrrl, drag king and effervescent MC of the night, a disposable camera each to take photos…

A queer beauty pageant that’s moving away from just looking good

We spoke to one of the finalists of Mr Gay New Zealand, Shaneel Lal, about how appearances are judged in the gay community, his advocacy and…

A poet, a rapper and a house mother talk gender diversity

A poet (essa may ranapiri), a rapper (Randa) and a house mother (Moe Laga) sit down together for a picnic. They talk gender diversity and the…

How this year’s Pride is different

In the past, Pride felt like a space mainly for white, gay men. People involved in Pride 2020 tell us how that's changing.

Exploring queer identity through stripping

"Honey is soft, Honey is sweet," and Honey is a performer at Bodyhaus, a collective of queer strippers. Honey AKA Logan Collis talks about undermining the…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Takatāpui | LGBTQIA+

Gender diversity was an accepted part of Māori and Pacific societies before colonisation. But European Christian values brought stigma and shame. Jaimie Waititi and Falencie Filipo…

Why is bi still hard for people to buy?

Rachel Fawcett repressed her bisexuality for 15 years. She is sick of feeling like a vacationer within the LGBTQ community, viewed as a toy to play…

The trans-exclusionary movement gaining power in NZ

The trans-exclusionary movement has been quietly growing in New Zealand, and this highly-organised campaign has led to deep hurt in the trans community.

In February, a new…

Only gay in the village

Scott and Daegan live in rural Southland and look after Scott's family farm - they are literally the only gays in the village. They share what…

Yes & No Same-Sex Marriage voters in regional Australia

Tomorrow the result of the Same-Sex Marriage vote will be announced, letting the Australian parliament know how the public feel. We travelled to Ballarat in regional…

Love wins by a landslide in Australia's same-sex marriage vote

All the feels and emotions as Australia finally catches up and votes YES for same-sex marriage after an exhausting few months of campaigning. We were in…

What do people in Melbourne think about the Same-Sex Marriage

We traded Ballarat for the city streets of Melbourne to see if there was much of a rural/urban divide. ??Spoiler alert: there is. Here's the word…

The House of COVEN

Meet C O V E N - the collective of artists, friends and immense talent. Harking back to the NYC Ballroom scene, this legendary house aims…