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On This Day: 30th April

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Thu 30 Apr 2020

  • Madrid and Stockholm Pride Festivals Announce Move to Online in 2020
    Links: Express
  • Puerto Rico Under Fire Over Response To LGBT+ Murders
    Links: Express
  • Report Finds Rainbow Community Becoming Targets During Coronavirus Pandemic
    Links: Express
  • South Africa’s President Criticised Following Public Support Of Iranian Leader
    Links: Express

Tue 30 Apr 2019

  • 'Overwhelming support' the silver lining to the James Faulkner 'boyfriend' confusion
    Gay Aussie ex-cricket star hopes James Faulkner's 'boyfriend' post wasn't a deliberate joke...
    Links: Stuff
  • Cricket Australia apologises for 'unintended offence' after James Faulkner clarifies sexuality in social media post
    Star of 2015 Cricket World Cup final appeared to come out online, but says it was all a "misunderstanding"...
    Links: Stuff
  • Cricket: Former Australian international James Faulkner slammed by fans for 'gay hoax'
    Former Australian cricketer James Faulkner has been slammed on social media after it was revealed an Instagram photo he posted with his "boyfriend" was a misunderstanding...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Folau could still be paid
    Israel Folau could still be paid by Rugby Australia despite having his contract ended because of a social media post in which he said "hell awaits" gay people...
    Links: RNZ
  • Players' sexuality shouldn't matter...but it does
    Analysis - James Faulkner's 'misunderstood' social media post has raised a lot of questions, none more so than why should we care? RNZ Sport Editor Stephen Hewson writes...
    Links: RNZ
  • Student comes out as gay during valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned university
    A student who disclosed he was gay during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University has drawn praise from fellow students and notable figures such as Kristin Chenoweth and the husband of Democratic presidential...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Virginia school systems unite behind transgender student in landmark case
    Four northern Virginia school systems are declaring in court their support for the rights of transgender students, weighing in on a landmark case involving a teenager embroiled in a years-long legal fight over his attempt to use the...
    Links: NZ Herald

Mon 30 Apr 2018

  • UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case
    GENEVA — The U...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sat 30 Apr 2016

  • Emma Jean Kelly - remembering Jonathan Dennis (Wellington)
    Emma Jean Kelly talks about researching and writing her PhD on Jonathan Dennis - the founding director of the New Zealand Film Archive
    Features: Emma Kelly
  • The Bangladesh Tragedy
    On April 25, 2016, the editor of Bangladesh's LGBTI Roopban magazine was murdered by assailants subsequently revealed to have been from the Bangladeshi affiliate of al-Qaeda...

Thu 30 Apr 2015

  • Auckland Council Creates Rainbow Panel
    Links: Express
  • Auckland Council to Decide on Rainbow Panel This Afternoon
    Links: Express
  • UKIP: News from the Far Right
    The far right United Kingdom Independence Party tends to attract those who would have once stood for the Conservatives, before the latter asserted quality control over candidate selection...

Wed 30 Apr 2014

  • HIV/AIDS panel discussion
    Audio from a panel discussion on HIV/AIDS, held at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington on 30 April 2014.
    Features: Carl Greenwood, Jane Bruning, Marama Pala, Nigel Raymond, Ron Irvine, Vaughan Meneses
  • Take gets home detention for client abuse
    Silipa Take Former New Zealand AIDS Foundation counsellor Silipa Take has been sentenced to ten months' home detention and 250 hours community work after admitting indecently assaulting ten clients...

Tue 30 Apr 2013

  • Opposition to Tui billboard sparks death threats
    The organiser of a campaign against a Tui billboard has received death threats, and been told she is “a stupid lezzo who needs more cock"...

Mon 30 Apr 2012

  • Priest accidentally shows parents gay porn
    A priest in Northern Ireland who is accused of accidentally showing pictures of naked men to parents of children preparing for their first communion has asked for sabbatical leave from the priesthood...

Sat 30 Apr 2011

  • Lesbian writer Joanna Russ dies, aged 74
    Writer and critic Joanna Russ has died in Arizona after suffering a series of strokes...

Fri 30 Apr 2010

  • OurFest Awards give back to community
    Chris Banks and Kent Phillips from OurFest, with Hannah Rossiter from GenderBridge Two community charities have benefited from $1,452 raised by Auckland's OurFest 2010 Awards Night...

Thu 30 Apr 2009

  • Thai school offers transgender toilet
    Between the girls' and boys' toilets in northern Thailand's Kampang Secondary School is an extra toilet signposted with a half-man, half-woman icon...

Wed 30 Apr 2008

  • The television soap opera Shortland Street includes a gay sex scene (New Zealand)
    The BSA later rule that the scene breached good taste and decency and children's interests. The scene involved two male characters lying in bed talking. One then went under the blankets and the other nervously asked him "where are you going?". The first character popped his head back up and replied "it's a surprise" before descending back under. This was the first time a BSA complaint was upheld against Shortland Street.
    Links: BSA
  • WGN: Checkmate will reopen closed sauna
    Wellington's Club Wakefield sauna and Out! Bookshop on Tory Street closed last weekend, but will reopen again soon, as the capital's other all-male sauna will relocate there...

Mon 30 Apr 2007

  • Nigeria: Woman in hiding not a lesbian
    A Nigerian woman on the run from police who want to charge her with homosexuality says she is not a lesbian and the ‘wedding' she is accused of having with four other women was nothing more than a fundraiser to help the women marry men...

Sat 30 Apr 2005

  • Youth support camp a success
    A support camp for GLBT youth in Northland run over ANZAC weekend has been a resounding success, say organisers...

Fri 30 Apr 2004

  • Why gays need Rodney Hide
    Rodney Hide The ACT Party needs a new leader...

Tue 30 Apr 1985

  • Television news report: anti-reform petitioners allege that they are gaining significant support (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP134541.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 30 Apr 1886

  • Amy Bock is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Links: Papers Past

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