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Sat 23 May 2020

  • Watch: Lady Gaga Debuts ‘Rain on Me’ Music Video with Ariana...
    Links: Express

Thu 23 May 2019

  • Professor calls for All Blacks to start anti-homophobic campaign
    An Australian professor is calling for the All Blacks to start an anti-homophobic campaign in a bid to stamp out gay slurs...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Use All Blacks to stamp out rugby's gay slur culture, expert urges
    If NZ Rugby wants to end gay slurs in rugby it has the perfect tool - the All Blacks...
    Links: Stuff
  • Canada to Ban Advertising of Conversion Therapy to Youth
    Links: Express
  • Exclusive: Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki to Forge a New Relationship with...
    Links: Express

Wed 23 May 2018

  • Judge sides with transgender teen, declines to dismiss suit
    NORFOLK, Va...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark
    Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church...
    Links: Stuff
  • The Latest: Gay man loses bid to challenge Ky. county clerk
    ATLANTA — The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local):7:25 p...
    Links: NZ Herald

Tue 23 May 2017

  • Butch: a photographic exploration by Rachel Hoskin exhibits at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
    The exhibition runs from 23 May - 18 June 2017.
  • Julie Andrews: LGBT+ Ally
    Links: Express

Mon 23 May 2016

  • Gay May at Family
    Links: Express
  • Nationwide Lack in Support Systems for Rainbow Domestic and Sexual Violence...
    Links: Express
  • Transphobia, Toilets and ...Nuclear War?!
    Why have sections of the US Christian Right apparently lost all rationality when it comes to transgender child health and safety at school? I've been monitoring the issue of transgender rights in this context over the last few months and some of the outbursts have been either amusing or alarming...

Sat 23 May 2015

  • Yes vote looking likely to win in Ireland
    The early indication is that voters have backed same-sex marriage in a history-making Irish referendum...

Fri 23 May 2014

  • Franco’s Homoerotic Photo Fetish
    Links: Express
  • Out Takes Opening Night – Rialto Cinemas
    Links: Express
  • POP Quiz – POP on Ponsonby
    Links: Express
  • Who Doesn’t Like a Little Foreplay
    Links: Express
  • Pink pink pink!
    It's Pink Shirt Day, and people up and down the country are getting in the spirit - from the Greens, to The Drag Kings, to the police Bluelight team and the Mad Butcher! The Greens are more like The Pinks today The Drag Kings The Mad Butcher The Mr Vintage team Sacha McNeil and Jacinda Ardern on Firstline this morning The police Bluelight team Newstalk ZB's Lorna Subritzky The Genesis Youth Trust Polly and Grant Akira from the NZAF The Pink Shirt Day concept comes from Canada - after a young boy at a school in Nova Scotia got bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school and some older students decided to show their support of him and opposition to bullying...

Thu 23 May 2013

  • US: Gay couples left out of immigration reform
    File Photo American GLBT rights groups have joined forces to condemn gay couples being left out of a bill that would offer US citizenship to immigrants living in the country before 2012...

Wed 23 May 2012

  • WTF? Well, we'll tell you!
    More than 30 celebrities and MPs have lent their time to WTF? The slick new campaign from Rainbow Youth and OUTLine...

Mon 23 May 2011

  • The Chateau Pulsated Pink
    The first ultra glamorous Pink Ball kicked off in the old-world desert chic of Bayfield Tongariro Chateau this weekend...

Fri 23 May 2008

  • Turkey 'must address anti-LGBT brutality'
    Turkey must urgently change law and policy to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from harassment and brutality on the streets, in homes, and in state-run institutions, according to a just-released report...

Wed 23 May 2007

  • Special events for
    An opening night after-film party, a dress-up movie event, and a question    Ref: Out Takes (m)...

Tue 23 May 2006

  • NZ Catholic group: gay adoption

Sun 23 May 1993

  • Beacons of Hope is held at Frank Kitts Park (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Beacons of Hope is held as part of the 10th International AIDS Memorial commemorations. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington members of the New Zealand Youth Choir perform at Frank Kitts Park. The event begins at 7pm and includes people carrying flaming torches representing those that have passed away.
    Links: Archives New Zealand, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

Wed 23 May 1984

  • Television: Sue Billing of the Family Planning Association interviewed about sex education for young children (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP87559.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 23 May 1924

  • A parliamentary inquiry begins into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Parliamentary Papers

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