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Wed 6 May 2020

  • CRL tunnel boring machine named after Dame Whina Cooper
    City Rail Link's Tunnel Boring Machine has been named after Maori land rights activist Dame Whina Cooper ...
    Links: RNZ
  • Celebrate NZ Music Month And Tune Into Lockdown Live Week 5
    Links: Express
  • Ex-Pope Unleashes With Homophobic Rhetoric
    Links: Express

Mon 6 May 2019

  • Brunei not enforcing death penalty for gay people after international backlash
    Sultan places moratorium on capital punishment for gay people and adulterers...
    Links: Stuff
  • Brunei says it will not enforce gay death penalty
    Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex...
    Links: RNZ
  • Folau rejects $1m to leave Rugby Australia contract
    The Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has reportedly rejected a 1 million dollar offer from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract...
    Links: RNZ
  • Gay rugby league icon Ian Roberts to Israel Folau: 'Kids are killing themselves'
    "There are young kids in the suburbs taking their own lives," Ian Roberts says...
    Links: Stuff
  • Study proves that HIV transmission can be eliminated, increasing hopes to an end to Aids
    Hopes of an end to HIV get big boost with study showing transmission of the virus can be eliminated...
    Links: Stuff
  • Israel Folau Refuses to Leave, Rejects Million Dollar Settlement
    Links: Express

Sat 6 May 2017

  • Geovana Peres (Auckland)
    Boxer Geovana Peres talks to Benji Watt about winning the New Zealand National (NZNBF Version) Light Heavyweight title
    Features: Geovana Peres

Fri 6 May 2016

  • Small Screen Hunk Confirms He is Gay
    Links: Express
  • US Consul General in Shanghai Marries Partner
    Links: Express
  • Turnbull: Electoral Roulette?
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to be trying to exploit a campaign to restore the Australian Building and Corruption Commission to call a snap Australian federal election, but will this backfire on him and his Liberal/National Coalition government? It would have been the Coalition's approach to industrial relations, but Turnbull backed off confrontation over that one...

Wed 6 May 2015

  • Kenyan GLBT Advocacy Group Wins Historic Court Victory
    Links: Express
  • Tasmanian Woman’s Dying Wish Granted
    Links: Express
  • Miley Cyrus' romances not all "straight"
    Pop star Miley Cyrus has revealed she hasn’t always been in "straight, heterosexual" relationships...

Tue 6 May 2014

  • X-Men stars discover gay fan fantasies
    X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have had a hilarious introduction to fan art and fan fiction on The Graham Norton Show...

Mon 6 May 2013

  • Rainbow Youth farewelling two key staff members
    Hamilton (centre) and Shore (right) with former colleague Priscilla Penniket at tehe WTF launch Two staff members are wrapping up their time at Rainbow Youth, which is heading for a slight restructure...

Sun 6 May 2012

  • Ron New - Queen of the Whole Universe
    Ron New talks about being part of the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Ron New
  • US: Trans woman killed in possible hate crime
    Brandy Martell - photo by Tiffany Woods...

Fri 6 May 2011

  • Naval and Family being turned into strip club
    The teaser ad for the new club K' Rd's Naval   ...

Thu 6 May 2010

  • Review: A Single Man
    A Single Man A film by Tom Ford Based on the Book by Christopher Isherwood (1904 – 1986) Starring: Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, with Mathew Goode, Nicholas Hoult, Ginnfer Goodwin Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in A Single Man Of all the novels of Christopher Isherwood A Single Man, written in 1965, was his favourite work and considered by many to be his best work...

Wed 6 May 2009

  • UK ban for anti-gay energy drink founder
    The American co-founder of Rockstar energy drinks is on a short list of people banned from the UK for 'inciting hatred'...

Tue 6 May 2008

  • Takataapui TV: The World According to Rangatira
    The next episode of Maori Television's LGBT documentary programme Takataapui will be broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday 12 May: An awesome line-up of respected Rangatira takataapui give considered, open - and at times powerfully simple - first-hand accounts of the World According to Takataapui...

Sun 6 May 2007

  • Canada: Gas attacks in gay village?
    On the Saturday night of 28th April, a colourless, odourless gas was released into the ventilation systems of two Toronto gay bars, the Globe and Mail newspaper has revealed...

Sat 6 May 2006

  • When Virgins Attack!
    Virginities tend to get a bad press in the gay male community...

Fri 6 May 2005

  • US cash for NZ antigay campaign
    The conservative Maxim Institute has been handed a cash prize by an American organisation in recognition of its campaign against the Civil Union Act...

Thu 6 May 2004

  • Taking stock of Don Brash
    It was a loaded question, I admit...

Tue 6 May 2003

  • DV8 comes to Auckland
    Gay Sydney will soon entertain and inform Aucklanders every Thursday when Triangle Television screens Sydney's first gay and lesbian television show DV8...

Fri 6 May 1988

  • Television current affairs: Hepatitis B vaccine may contain HIV (New Zealand)
    Media commentator Brain Priestley reviews media coverage. Fourth Estate, ref F91240.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Mon 6 May 1985

  • A lesbian and gay commemoration of the Holocaust is held on the steps of the National War Memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: LAGANZ

Sat 6 May 1933

  • Members of the German Student Union attack the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Berlin, Germany)
    The attack follows a two-month Nazi purge of gay clubs and the banning of gay groups and publications.
    Links: Wikipedia

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