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LGBTI Rights in New Zealand


ADDED ON: 10/07/2022

New Zealand Gay Man’s Convictions Overturned 3 Years after Death

New Zealand's Supreme Court on Friday took the unusual step of overturning a man's convictions even though he died three years ago. The court found there had been a substantial miscarriage of…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2022

Conversion therapy survivors can seek apologies and compensation under New Zealand scheme

The country’s Human Rights Commission launched a free and confidential dispute resolution service for those subjected to the dangerous and discredited practice on Thursday (18 August). The government-funded Conversion Practices Response Service will allow survivors…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2022

Lesbian icon receives Order of Merit for staunch advocacy to NZ rainbow community

For a long time, Miriam Saphira thought she was a freak. “I always knew I was homosexual – I didn’t know the word ‘lesbian’ – but I read in an encyclopaedia that homosexuals…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2022

Rugby: Shifting attitudes towards rainbow community lead to hopes of first gay All Black

It's been a big and progressive week for the rainbow community in sport. First, New Zealand Rugby announced it's signed up to the Pride Pledge, and then professional footballer Jake Daniels publicly announced he's…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2022

A trans history of gay liberation in New Zealand

Trans activist and deeply committed Aotearoa gay liberationist Sandy Gauntlett wrote in the late 1970s of her frustration that cisgender gays “conveniently overlooked” the role of trans people in gay liberation. While…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2022

New Zealand passes law banning conversion therapy

WELLINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - New Zealand's parliament on Tuesday near-unanimously passed a legislation that bans practices intended to forcibly change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, known as…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2021

New Zealand passes law making it easier to change sex on birth certificates

New Zealand’s rainbow community will be allowed to change the sex recorded on their birth certificates without providing evidence of a medical procedure, after a bill to recognise the right for gender minorities…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2021

Stats NZ survey finds 4.2 percent of population is LGBT+ with 0.8 percent transgender

For the first time, we have a decent idea of the size of New Zealand's Rainbow community. One in 20 adults in New Zealand identify as LGBT+, which is 4.2 percent of…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2021

New Zealand locals send record 100,000 submissions to ban LGBT conversion practices

New Zealand is on its way to become the land of conquering the impossible, and adding another feather to this cap of victories is its new record against conversion practices. More than…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2021

Misinterpretation of conversion therapy ban bill causing confusion in some churches

Concerns have been raised about how far the proposed legislation goes, and whether parents could be criminalised for having conversations with their children about their sexuality or gender identity. The Bill aims…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

New Zealand introduces bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

WELLINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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