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Mon 4 May 2020

  • Arrests Made Over Trans Women Murders in Puerto Rico
    Links: Express
  • Kenyan Court Refuses to Lift Ban On Lesbian Film ‘Rafiki’
    Links: Express
  • Laws Allowing Legal Gender Change Without Surgery Introduced In Australian State...
    Links: Express
  • Namibian Community Leader Filmed Performing hate Crime On Trans Woman
    Links: Express
  • Tunisia Denies Recognising Same-Sex Marriage After LGBTQ Group Claimed It Had
    Links: Express
  • What Bars and Nightclubs May Look Like at Level 2 COVID...
    Links: Express

Fri 4 May 2018

  • The Latest: Oklahoma approves adoption bill targeting LGBT
    TOPEKA, Kan...
    Links: NZ Herald

Thu 4 May 2017

  • Rainbow Auckland Mixer
    Links: Express
  • The Good Guys Comedy Extravaganza
    Links: Express
  • Two cities plan Candlelight Memorial services
    Candlelight Memorial services, held annually to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will be held in just two centres this year, continuing a trend which has seen the number of services around the country dwindling...

Wed 4 May 2016

  • Reflecting on HLR30 Hands On (Wellington)
    Creek reflects on HLR30 Hands On - a massage event for activists, survivors and veterans of homosexual law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Features: Creek
  • Divorce Laws for Same Sex Couples who Marry in NZ Cause...
    Links: Express
  • University of Auckland Supports GLBT in the Workplace with Upcoming Seminar
    Links: Express
  • Three cities to host AIDS memorial services
    AIDS Candlelight Memorials are once again taking place around the country this year, a reminder of the impact that HIV still has on many lives...

Mon 4 May 2015

  • Lick Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Tasmanian Couple’s Last Wish To Marry in New Zealand
    Links: Express
  • Stark Dichotomy: The SNP and Northern Ireland LGBT manifestos
    Given that it may hold the balance of power and go into coalition with Labour despite Ed Miliband's statements to the contrary, what does the Scottish Nationalist Party say about LGBT issues within its manifesto? And what about Northern Ireland's political parties? Once again, Attitude magazine has scooped most of its British competition...

Sun 4 May 2014

  • QWU to make a majestic comeback
    The queerest beauty pageant in the cosmos is to make its return to mark the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s 30th year of operation...

Sat 4 May 2013

  • Gay rugby players "not a matter of if, but when"
    "We're probably a bit naive and maybe we need to look at starting the conversation in this particular space," Rob Nicol says...

Fri 4 May 2012

  • Intersexion a winner at Doco Edge Fest
    A documentary capturing the life of New Zealand’s first ‘out’ intersex person Mani Mitchell has won best local feature at the Documentary Edge Festival’s opening leg in Auckland...

Wed 4 May 2011

  • Ugandan lgbt rights campaigner honoured
    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has bravely appeared on Ugandan national TV The brave founder of Uganda’s lgbt rights organisation is to receive the world’s major human rights award...

Tue 4 May 2010

  • UK Tory candidate founded 'gay cure' church
    Philippa Stroud It has been revealed a high-profile prospective Conservative MP in the British elections founded a church that tried to cure gay people by driving out their "demons" through prayer...

Mon 4 May 2009

  • Court allows trans teen to remove breasts
    Melbourne's family court has allowed a 17-year-old biological female who wishes to live as a male to have surgery to remove her breasts...

Sun 4 May 2008

  • The anti-smacking petition smackdown
    On Tuesday, the Kiwi Party and Family First were found to have fallen short of their required number of signatures to trigger a non-binding citizens' referendum...

Fri 4 May 2007

  • Te Ua welcomed and remembered

Thu 4 May 2006

  • More Anger: Mouse Heaven premiere
    In conjunction with the current NZ Film Archive exhibition of groundbreaking gay filmmaker Kenneth Anger's Icons NZ author Alice L Hutchison is to present a talk on Anger's work which will be followed by the Southern Hemisphere premiere of his most recent film, Mouse Heaven (2004)...

Wed 4 May 2005

  • Unsafe sex for "definitely" HIV-neg men
    One in three men in an Auckland survey who say they're "definitely" HIV-negative have actually had unprotected anal intercourse since their last test...

Tue 4 May 2004

  • Sexual v business ethics - the Derek Corporation
    Craig Young ponders the connections and ethics surrounding the anti-gay Maxim Institute and the Derek Corporation...

Sun 4 May 1997

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
    The memorial is moved earlier in May this year to accommodate dates in the USA calendar (generally the memorial is held on the 3rd Sunday in May).
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

Sun 4 May 1952

  • Politician Chris Carter is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Carter would later become the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
    Links: Wikipedia, Parliament

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