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Fri 15 May 2020

  • 40% of LGBT+ People in EU Continue to Face Harassment
    Links: Express
  • Louisa Wall Considering Legal Action Against Her Own Party
    Links: Express

Wed 15 May 2019

  • Man failed to check boy's age after Grindr hook-up, judge rules
    They met on gay dating site Grindr before meeting at a Christchurch car park...
    Links: Stuff
  • Popular American children's show Arthur features a gay wedding
    The word "gay" is never mentioned, but a new episode of beloved children's series Arthur sees Mr Ratburn get married - to a man...
    Links: Stuff
  • Mr. Ratburn From Kids Series ‘Arthur’ Comes Out As Gay And...
    Links: Express

Tue 15 May 2018

  • Trailer for Netflix’s Very Own Gay-Teen Rom-com ‘Alex Strangelove’ Released
    Links: Express

Mon 15 May 2017

  • Vicki Letele dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Letele, who was serving a prison term for fraud, was denied parole in October 2016, but was released on compassionate grounds in November 2016 to spend her final months with loved ones.
    Links: GayNZ
  • Fierce Family
    Links: Express
  • Shining Shanghai
    Links: Express
  • Problems in healthcare
    With a number of queer women in Auckland revealing they have been misinformed about smear testing, we chat to health researcher Katie Palmer Du Preez about the experiences of young women she has interviewed in regard to healthcare...

Sun 15 May 2016

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
    Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - Lady Goodfellow Chapel) and Wellington (4pm - Tararua Tramping Club)
    Links: Body Positive

Fri 15 May 2015

  • AIDS Candlelight Memorials to be Held Across New Zealand This Sunday
    Links: Express
  • GLBT Veterans in United States Get First Federally Approved Monument
    Links: Express
  • Logan censured by Counsellors Assn.
    Bill Logan Long-time gay equality campaigner and Wellington-based counsellor Bill Logan has been censured by the NZ Association of Counsellors for what it calls "professional misconduct and/or conduct unbecoming a member of NZAC...

Thu 15 May 2014

  • Express introduces… Michael Griffiths
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Door Mix and Mingle – Occam Cafe
    Links: Express
  • South Africa: Lesbian raped after Pride
    Content warning...

Wed 15 May 2013

  • Williamson's Ellen appearance canned
    National MP Maurice Williamson says scheduling issues and creative differences mean he won’t be making an appearing on US talk show Ellen...

Tue 15 May 2012

  • New edition Pink Shirt Day tees go on sale
    Mr Vintage has released this year’s edition of its Pink Shirt Day tee, bearing the message “What you do makes a difference”...

Sun 15 May 2011

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Turia: Candles represent the "spark of life"

Sat 15 May 2010

  • Joe talks about Q-topia and Forge (Christchurch)
    Joe talks about the Christchurch youth groups Q-topia and Forge.
    Features: Joe
  • Lady Gaga flash mob dance-off in Sydney
    A troupe of 150 dancers surprised sightseers on Sydney Harbour with a dance-off flash mob...

Fri 15 May 2009

  • Support available for HIV 'predator' concern
    Auckland's gay community support networks are hearing from many concerned people following reports that a predatory HIV positive man is allegedly deliberately infecting younger male sexual contacts...

Thu 15 May 2008

  • Tortured Ugandan lesbian seeks UK asylum
    A woman who says she was raped, tortured and beaten after being imprisoned for homosexuality in her homeland of Uganda is fighting to stay in Britain, where she fled for safety...

Tue 15 May 2007

  • USA: Gay media empire in cash crisis
    The San Francisco owner of Gay...

Mon 15 May 2006

  • Prevention emphasis for AIDS Memorial
    With one New Zealander every two days learning they are HIV positive, this weekend's Candlelight Memorial is an opportunity to renew our commitment to safe sex, while remembering those who have passed on due to AIDS, says the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF)...

Sun 15 May 2005

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Television news report: rates of AIDS rise in Africa (New Zealand)
    One news, ref F86464.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Brash comment mars AIDS memorial
    A speech by Opposition Leader Don Brash provoked a bitter response from gay men assembled for tonight's AIDS Candlelight memorial...

Sat 15 May 2004

  • Lobby group infected with virus
    A press release from a Christian lobby group that blames the forthcoming Civil Union bill on Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution suggests there may be a mystery virus at work...

Thu 15 May 2003

  • Queer Nation silent on paparazzi affair
    A curtain of silence remains drawn around Queer Nation offices as the national gay TV programme's production company deals with the fallout from the Jonathan Marshall paparazzi affair...

Wed 15 May 2002

  • Corpus Christi
    Bomb threats, protests from Christian 'civil rights' groups, street violence, hate graffiti, the withdrawal of sponsors, criticism from Islamic leaders and accusations of blasphemy have followed Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi wherever it has been staged – and from time to time these threats have been successful in halting productions of this extraordinary work...

Mon 15 May 1989

  • Television news report: increase of AIDS cases in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    Eyewitness news, ref F96198.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Tue 15 May 1984

  • Television: Judith Carver of New Zealand Childcare Association interviewed about the sex role stereotyping of babies (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP21815.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sat 15 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay shoots and wounds D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui, New Zealand)
    Mackay is the Mayor of Wanganui at the time.
    Links:, Te Ara

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