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Mon 2 May 2022

  • New Zealand borders are opened to international visitors for the first time in two years (New Zealand)
    People vaccinated against Covid-19 from sixty visa waiver countries are allowed to again travel to, and enter New Zealand
    Links: One news
  • 'What the hell?': Men whose images were used to con women out of millions in Tinder scam revealed
    "Dale Plumides" is in fact a gay Dallas real estate agent...
    Links: Stuff
  • Travel: Taking Pride In Dunedin
    Links: Express

Sun 2 May 2021

  • Caitlyn Jenner opposes transgender girls competing in female sports: 'It just isn’t fair'
    The Olympic gold medalist explained her opposition, saying: "This is a question of fairness...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tonga shocked by death of human rights activist Poli Kefu
    Tonga is in shock over the suspicious death of a human rights activist over the weekend...
    Links: RNZ

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)
    Interview with Amy Adams, from the documentary Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Amy Adams
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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
  • Access to Reassignment Surgery: One Woman's Experience
    After my earlier article on the crisis in reassignment surgery access in New Zealand, I was surprised at the number of emails from transwomen who related their experience of negotiating the inflexible morass that is the Special High Cost Treatment Pool...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AKL Pride announce dates for community hui
    Auckland Pride Festival is hosting two community events to give the public an opportunity to share their feedback following on from this year’s festival...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Family violence campaign features takatāpui advocate
    Takatāpui advocate Elizabeth Kerekere features in a new campaign that promotes healthy relationships and aims to reduce family violence in New Zealand...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Jack Trolove: Bodies like story-holders
    Jack Trolove’s first love was painting, but at one point he jumped ship, undertaking an MFA working in installation and moving image in order to articulate his ideas in a way “where narratives could move,” he says...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 2 May 2014

  • Mary Lambert's Body Love
    Lesbian musician Mary Lambert, of Same Love fame, has released a new video for her song Body Love, which is part of her campaign encouraging everyone to embrace their bodies...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Meet: Mr Gay Wellington 2014
    Marton 24-year-old Dean Raimona is the new Mr Gay Wellington...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rupe family defends Carmen's executor
    Members of the Rupe family at the February 2011 Auckland memorial service for Carmen The brother and sister of the late Carmen Rupe have called for an end to on-going social media accusations of wrongdoing aimed at two of the trans icon's closest friends, including the executor of her will, and have strongly endorsed the couple's "past and future actions...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • St Matthew's appoints first female Vicar
    Rev Dr Helen Jacobi Auckland’s glbti-friendly Anglican parish St Matthew-in-the-City has inducted its first-ever female Vicar...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Te Papa memorial to feature AIDS Quilt
    A block from the AIDS Memorial Quilt New Zealand’s AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at a special Candelight Memorial at Te Papa...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 2 May 2013

  • Community urged to lock lips against discrimination
    Sean Bailey Workers’ union Unite is hopeful the GLBT community will back a ‘Turn McDonald’s Gay Day’ kiss-in at an Auckland McDonald’s after a worker was told not to act gay by a manager...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ethiopia: Evangelists pushing for death penalty
    Anti-gay religious groups claim the death penalty could soon be introduced for gay people in Ethiopia...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • McDonald's worker told by manager not to act gay
    Sean Bailey with Ronald McDonald An Auckland McDonald’s worker is taking a personal grievance case because he's unhappy with how a manager who told him to act less gay was dealt with...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • On the job discrimination: are we working it out?
    Since a McDonald’s worker revealed he was told not to ‘act so gay’ by a manager, similar tales have come in showing homophobia is simmering away in some of our workplaces - and transphobia is boiling over...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The gayest musical ever?!
    “Colin Craig may have been right...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 2 May 2011

  • Arousal of the lusting dead
    LA Zombie, starring gay porn star Francois Sagat, is in the sights of The Society for the Promotion of Community Standards It was probably inevitable that the Society for Promotion of Community Standards should lurch out of its grave, wanting to ban Canadian gay independent film director Bruce La Bruce's LA Zombie...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Arousal of the lusting dead
    LA Zombie, starring gay porn star Francois Sagat, is in the sights of The Society for the Promotion of Community Standards It was probably inevitable that the Society for Promotion of Community Standards should lurch out of its grave, wanting to ban Canadian gay independent film director Bruce La Bruce's LA Zombie...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 2 May 2010

  • Ivan Yeo profile (Auckland)
    Ivan Yeo talks about growing up gay in Malaysia.
    Features: Ivan Yeo
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Gareth Thomas abused by league fans
    Welsh rugby league great Gareth Thomas has spoken out about his hurt at being subjected to homophobic abuse from fans of an opposition team...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Pacific states must move more quickly on HIV
    Pacific Island nations must move more quickly to destigmatise homosexuality if they are to keep the rising international tide of HIV at bay, according to a just-released report by the the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 2 May 2009

  • Review: Cadbury Crunchie Comedy Gala 2009
    2009's Comedy Festival began with a pink 'n' mix of local and international talent last night at Auckland's Aotea Centre - and included in the line-up was one visiting comedienne who talked about lesbian speed dating, and a London funnyman who revealed his exciting new hobby - discussing bum sex with Christian friends...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 2 May 2008

  • 2 top gay musicians visit NZ in musical May
    Each May is New Zealand music month, when local artists and bands are played and spotlighted with live concerts and broadcasts - but May 2008 is also a rare opportunity for Kiwis to experience two of the world's most respected LGBT entertainers live in concert - k d lang and Sir Elton John...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Israel: Triangle for gay Holocaust victims
    A monument honouring the homosexual men and women who were persecuted due to their sexual orientation and perished during the Holocaust is to be established in Meir Garden in Tel Aviv, says Tel Aviv's Mayor Ron Huldai...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 2 May 2007

  • Broadcaster Henare te Ua dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: NZ Herald
  • 44% of HIV+ men in London undiagnosed
    More than one in three HIV positive gay men say they have unprotected sex, new surveys reveal...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • An appreciation: Henare Te Ua
    In a small country like New Zealand, the most unlikely people become interconnected, just names one minute, friends the next...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay kaumatua Henare Te Ua dies
    Henare Te Ua, much-respected radio broadcaster and kaumatua of the NZ AIDS Foundation and Auckland Community Church, died at midday today, aged 73, after a long battle with cancer...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Reviews: Three of the Best from Out Takes 2007
    Three previews of the OutTakes 2007 Queer Film Festival have convinced me that there are probably lots more treasures in this year's offerings...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • UK: BP boss quits as gay life exposed
    Major oil company BP says its CEO resigned with immediate effect after a court lifted an injunction preventing a newspaper group from publishing details about his same-sex relationship...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 2 May 2006

  • Cash flows at 'Wigs' relief events
    The future is brighter for Auckland's Cartier Bereavement Trust after two headline events on Karangahape Road, a Black Tie Dinner and the Wigorama spectacular, attracted unprecedented numbers of diners and audience and the money flowed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • History: Babylon hath been a golden cup
    While most knowledgeable LGBT folk are aware of the persecution and downfall of Oscar Wilde in the nineteenth century, what about reknowned Pre-Raphaelite artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) twenty years earlier? In December just past, Birmingham Museum held a retrospective of this unjustly neglected artist's work...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kenneth Anger: A Demonic Visionary in Wellington
    For the past 40 years gay filmmaker Kenneth Anger's name has been a touchstone for independent film making...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 2 May 2005

  • Delay in Fiji gay sex trial
    There has been a delay in the case of an Australian man jailed for consensual gay sex in Fiji, with lawyers being given 45 days to amend an appeal before the country's High Court...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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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