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Sat 2 May 2020

  • Transgender prisoner spent three weeks in men's prison
    Inmate's lawyer says Corrections "dropped the ball" after isolation in men's prison...
    Links: Stuff
  • American “Queer As Folk” Reunite For A Good Cause
    Links: Express

Thu 2 May 2019

  • Amy Adams - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand (Rainbow Room, Parliament)
    Interview with Amy Adams, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Amy Adams
  • Homophobia difficult to tackle in sport - researcher
    People being gay or bisexual is not something to fear, but it's something sports organisations in New Zealand are finding difficult to address, a researcher says...
    Links: RNZ
  • Homophobia difficult to tackle in sport - researcher
    A researcher is describing sport as inherently homophobic...
    Links: RNZ
  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Turn Down Anti-LGBTI Summit
    Links: Express
  • Oil Giant Facing Growing Pressure Over Ties To Homophobic Brunei Leader
    Links: Express

Wed 2 May 2018

  • Former MP Katherine O'Regan dies (Waikato region, New Zealand)
    As Associate Minister of Health, O'Regan championed amendments to the Human Rights Act 1993 - outlawing discrimination on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, and having organisms in the body which might cause disease.
    Links: Stuff
  • Bookmarks with Damian Barr
    Scottish Author Damian Barr's memoir Maggie and Me was about growing up gay in a Britain ruled by Margaret Thatcher...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lance Bass waited to come out as gay to save *NSYNC
    As the boy band accepted their Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday, the former boy band member spoke about his decision to come out as gay in 2006, years after *NSYNC went their separate ways...
    Links: Stuff
  • New vaccine development kick-starts powerful immune response
    Researchers have developed an exciting new vaccine substance that could lead to improved immune responses and reduced side-effects for existing vaccines...
    Links: RNZ
  • The Latest: San Francisco designates gay, leather district
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on a gay and leather cultural district in San Francisco (all times local):2:25 p...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • ABBA Together Again
    Links: Express

Tue 2 May 2017

  • Gay Therapist Uses Instagram to Inspire
    Links: Express
  • How My Three-Way Polyamorous Relationship Works
    Links: Express
  • Music: WCB And Marika Hodgson
    Links: Express
  • Type with Pride: New Font Dedicated to Rainbow Flag Activist
    Links: Express
  • Hubbard dominates at World Masters Games
    Laurel Hubbard has shattered records at the World Masters Games, outdoing even her own New Zealand national records...

Mon 2 May 2016

  • Auckland Pride Community Hui Dates Selected
    Links: Express
  • Emanations of Truth
    Links: Express
  • Fans Urge Disney to Come Out of the Closet
    Links: Express
  • Zimbabwe opposition leader addresses LGBTI rights
    With the national elections coming up in Zimbabwe, the country’s opposition leader has spoken out about LGBTI rights, saying that while he doesn’t support gay people, it is unconstitutional to persecute them...

Fri 2 May 2014

  • Trans model to compete in final tonight
    Brosnahan impressing in the heats Transgender modelling hopeful Amy Brosnahan will tonight compete in the national final of the Battle of the Babes in Auckland...

Thu 2 May 2013

  • The gayest musical ever?!
    “Colin Craig may have been right...

Mon 2 May 2011

  • Erotic artist's work selected for Seattle festival
    **image1***Two pieces by Waikato erotic artist Graeme Hitchcock have been selected to appear at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival...

Sun 2 May 2010

  • Turning the Tide: how to head off AIDS in the Pacific
    HIV has yet to become a significant health issue within NZ's Pacific Island neighbours, but the example of nearby Papua New Guinea, where public health programmes and support initiatives have been too little too late, is worrying...

Sat 2 May 2009

  • Top Gun star says she's a lesbian
    She starred alongside Tom Cruise in classic '80s movie Top Gun, and recently appeared in The L Word – and now Kelly McGillis has come out in an interview on a lesbian website...

Fri 2 May 2008

  • Lesbos citizens fight for the name 'lesbian'
    Three islanders from the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos - home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women - have taken a gay equality group to court for using the word 'lesbian' in its name...

Wed 2 May 2007

  • Broadcaster Henare te Ua dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: NZ Herald
  • USA: 16yo bullying victim killed principal
    A 16-year-old boy from Wisconsin who shot his principal to death last year after complaining nothing was being done to stop fellow students from anti-gay bullying him has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder...

Tue 2 May 2006

  • NZAF launches Internet safe-sex service
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is launching a new Internet-based service to more effectively connect with men who use the web to hook up for sex...

Mon 2 May 2005

  • Smoking/sodomy comparison "flawed"
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has dismissed an argument from a religious right think-tank comparing smoking and "sodomy" as "seriously flawed...

Thu 2 May 1985

  • Television news report: anti-reform petition presented to Parliament (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP134545. Opponents of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill allegedly present Parliament the largest petition ever in New Zealand.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: petition against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    Features an interview with chief petitioner Keith Hay. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F80459.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

Mon 2 May 1983

  • The first international AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (San Francisco, United States of America)
    Memorials are held in San Francisco and New York. There was no memorial held in 1984.

Fri 2 May 1975

  • A Parliamentary Select Committee reports back on the Crimes Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
    The Committee recommends the age of consent be reduced from 21 to 20.

Thu 2 May 1974

  • Television current affairs: should sex education be taught in schools (New Zealand)
    Nationwide, ref TZP121235.
    Links: TVNZ

Mon 2 May 1898

  • Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh is born (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
    Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform.
    Links: Te Ara

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