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Thu 14 May 2020

  • 'This virus may never go away' - WHO
    The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organisation says, warning against any attempt to predict how long it will stay in circulation...
    Links: RNZ
  • Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie
    South Korea has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, traced to the Itaewon district which has popular nightclubs, that are locally referred to as gay clubs...
    Links: RNZ
  • States Must Include LGBT Community In COVID-19 Response: The How And Why From A UN Expert
    Governments worldwide must ensure COVID-19 emergency measures do not worsen inequalities or structural barriers faced by people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, or lead to increased violence and discrimination against them, a UN expert ...
    Links: Scoop
  • RainbowYOUTH Launches New Online Support Service
    Links: Express
  • Republican Congressman Set To Loose Seat Following Officiating Same-Sex Wedding
    Links: Express
  • Sydney Man Charged Over 1988 Gay Hate Murder
    Links: Express

Tue 14 May 2019

  • Andy Brennan becomes first Australian male footballer to come out as gay
    Former Newcastle player says huge weight off his shoulders after breaking a football barrier in Australia...
    Links: Stuff
  • Australian PM admits gay people don't go to hell
    The leaders of both of Australia's major political parties agreed on Tuesday that gays don't go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Cult movie The Full Monty brought to life on musical stage in Wellington
    "The issues of sexuality, self image, unemployment, prejudice, depression are probably more relevant now than ever before...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ireland Says No To Hate Banning Homophobic Preacher Steven Anderson
    Links: Express
  • Sartorial Style with Attitude: Belinda Nash Talks With Model Zac Macfarlane
    Links: Express
  • The Return Of The Auckland Pride Parade
    Links: Express
  • Transgender People Forced To Conduct Self-Surgery In China
    Links: Express

Mon 14 May 2018

  • Sam Smith Releases New Music Video for ‘Pray’
    Links: Express
  • Students Stand-up to Anti-Gay Religious Bigotry in Private South African School
    Links: Express

Sun 14 May 2017

  • Accusation: Mortuary denigration of dead gays
    Staff of Auckland City Hospital's mortuary are alleged to have been disrespecting the bodies of dead people in their care including making disparaging comments about people known to to be homosexual, according to a front page article in today's Herald On Sunday...

Sat 14 May 2016

  • More than marriage
    On Thursday the Anglican Church’s governing body in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia effectively decided to continue to ignore the lives and relationships of sexual and gender minorities, and to hope we would go away...

Thu 14 May 2015

  • Big Business Backing Marriage Equality in Ireland
    Links: Express
  • Christian Group in Tonga Tell “Immoral and Evil” GLBT Activists to...
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: Our Market Stall of The Month!
    Links: Express
  • Gambian President to Gay Men: “I will Slit Your Throat”
    Links: Express
  • Trans 201 – documentation change
    Allyson Hamblett discusses the ongoing issues with documentation changes still impacting some transgender people in New Zealand...

Wed 14 May 2014

  • Conchita wins Eurovision in Wellington?!
    Links: Express
  • Express introduces… La Gateau Chocolat
    Links: Express
  • Jess Holly Bates
    Links: Express
  • Send a Kiwi ref to the Bingham Cup!
    Ref Jack Cottrell and his whistle would love to be part of the Bingham Cup in Sydney in August...

Tue 14 May 2013

  • Wall hits out at lodge's attempt at justification
    Louisa Wall: "Their personal views are their own business except when they choose to exercise them in circumstances that run foul of the law of this country...

Mon 14 May 2012

  • Marg Curnow - Older Lesbians
    Marg Curnow talks about growing older and the Lesbian Elders Village.
    Features: Marg Curnow
  • Television current affairs: Campbell Live looks at a boy with HIV (New Zealand)
    Ref F221798.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Wear pink this Friday
    The Mental Health Foundation is urging all New Zealanders to wear pink this Friday, to mark national anti-bullying initiative Pink Shirt Day...

Sat 14 May 2011

  • Taylor to be remembered at candlelight service
    A special signed photograph and letter from the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor will be on display at the Auckland AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service tomorrow evening...

Fri 14 May 2010

  • Sesame St - for grown-ups
    If you learned to count, spell and behave in society from a steady childhood diet of Sesame St, but have felt lost ever since, never fear – Avenue Q is here to teach you about the adult world...

Thu 14 May 2009

  • Google Doodle wishes for "gay rights now"

Wed 14 May 2008

  • Manchester hosts Pride Games this Sept
    Registrations into a range of sports including rugby, athletics, running, swimming, water polo, canoeing, football, badminton, dancing, archery and mountain biking are now open for participants in Manchester's Pride Games taking place from 7-14 September 2008...

Mon 14 May 2007

  • Serbian lesbian singer wins 'Eurovision'
    An estimated 100 million television viewers saw an openly-lesbian singer from Serbia win this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki on Saturday evening...

Sun 14 May 2006

  • Protecting our past: The Lesbian and Gay Archive Pt1
    Phil Parkinson As we rapidly approach the 20th anniversary of Homosexual Law reform in New Zealand on July 8th and look to times past, it crosses the mind to wonder if New Zealand's lesbian and gay histories are in safe hands...

Sat 14 May 2005

  • Up magazine co-publisher Andy Boreham
    Andy Boreham The co-publisher of Up magazine believes NZ glbt people need to work more on strengthening our relationships with one another, as individuals and groups...

Fri 14 May 2004

  • Gay community dysfunctional says comedian
    Auckland's gay community is very dysfunctional, according to gay comedian Philip Patston, who has become disillusioned after a few months foraying into the world of online dating...

Mon 14 May 1984

  • Television: Sociologist Rosemary Novitz interviewed about sex role stereotyping of children (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP21887.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Mon 14 May 1979

  • Television feature: A Matter of Style - Quentin Crisp with Davina Whitehouse (New Zealand)
    Features footage of Crisp's visit to New Zealand in 1978, performing in Takapuna. Ref TZP97073.
    Links: TVNZ
  • Pink Triangle magazine begins (New Zealand)
    The magazine is produced by the National Gay Rights Coalition and is an important source of news and feature articles. The magazine is distributed nationally, with the first issue published on 14 May 1979. The magazine's last issue is September/October 1990.
    Links: Auckland Museum

Tue 14 May 1935

  • Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld dies (Nice, France)
    Hirschfeld dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday.
    Links: Wikipedia

Fri 14 May 1897

  • Magnus Hirschfeld founds the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee (Berlin, Germany)
    The Committee was formed to campaign for social recognition of gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, and against their legal persecution. It was the first LGBT rights organisation in history.
    Links: Wikipedia

Thu 14 May 1868

  • Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld is born
    Links: Wikipedia

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