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Sun 15 May 2022

  • An AIDS candlelight memorial service takes place at St Matthews in the City (Auckland, New Zealand)
    This year, physical services are only held in Auckland and Hamilton
    Links: Body Positive
  • An AIDS candlelight memorial service takes place at The Lady Goodfellow Chapel (Hamilton, New Zealand)
    This year, physical services are only held in Hamilton and Auckland.
    Links: Body Positive

Sat 15 May 2021

  • New York Pride parade bans police; gay officers 'disheartened'
    Organisers of New York City's Pride events said they are banning police and other law enforcement from marching in their huge annual parade until at least 2025 and will also seek to keep on-duty officers a block away from the celebration...
    Links: NZ Herald

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
  • A Nasty Case of Transphobic Ventriloquism
    Family First is misbehaving on the transgender rights front again, as its derivative, copycat, orchestrated anti-transgender school campaign stalls and splutters...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Aus loses out on millions of dollars to NZ for weddings
    Australia is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars that could be generated from same-sex marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 15 May 2014

  • Express introduces… Michael Griffiths
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Door Mix and Mingle – Occam Cafe
    Links: Express
  • Anglican Church "has a long way to go"
    Helen Jacobi The new Vicar at Auckland’s inclusive St Matthew-in-the-City says while same-sex blessings and ordination have moved a step closer to reality, the Anglican Church still has a long way to go...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Filmmaker hunting lead for trans short
    File Photo The makers of a short film which centres on a story of gender transition are still hunting for the right actor to take on the lead role, and are open to novice actors auditioning...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fresh look, new staff for RainbowYOUTH
    Aych McArdle Rainbow Youth has had a bit of a makeover, with two new staff members and a new logo...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Hauiti "mortified" to have broken rules
    Claudette Hauiti National MP Claudette Hauiti says she "made a really big mistake" in hiring her own wife in her electorate office, saying she didn’t know it was against the rules...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kirby rallies lgbti community at Outgames
    Michael Kirby Keynote speaker Michael Kirby has told the opening of the Human Rights Forum at the Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin that we must not only fight for LGBT rights but for human rights for all...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Luncheon: a slice of Hollywood
    It’s 1958 and Hollywood is preparing for the biggest night of the year – the Academy Awards...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • South Africa: Lesbian raped after Pride
    Content warning...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 15 May 2013

  • Anti-bullying allies urged to don pink on Friday
    This year's Mr Vintage shirt New Zealanders from all walks of life are being urged to join together to show solidarity and raise awareness around bullying by wearing pink this Friday...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brazil: panel clears way for same-sex marriage
    Brazil’s National Council of Justice has ruled notary publics cannot refuse to marry gay couples or convert a same-sex civil union into a marriage...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Richard O'Brien receiving honorary doctorate
    Richard O’Brien is tonight being awarded an honorary doctorate from the Waikato Institute of Technology...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Taurima considering running for Labour
    Shane Taurima Broadcaster Shane Taurima is considering running in for Labour in the Ikaroa Rawhiti byelection next month...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 May 2012

  • Gay man stabbed after looking at killer's crotch
    Gay Polish man Roman Skorek was beaten, stabbed and had his throat slit in a Rotorua park in January after angered another man by looking at his crotch...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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”...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 15 May 2011

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Touching lives
    A few months ago there was a minor controversy over a proposal to bring back something like the Hero Parade to Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Touching lives
    A few months ago there was a minor controversy over a proposal to bring back something like the Hero Parade to Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Turia: Candles represent the "spark of life"
    9...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • British couple to sue over BandB discrimination
    Michael Black and John Morgan A British gay couple are planning to sue the Christian owners of a Bplans to bring a civil case...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Kylie's back with All The Lovers
    There are always certain things in the gay world that are sure to cause excitement...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Lady Gaga flash mob dance-off in Sydney
    A troupe of 150 dancers surprised sightseers on Sydney Harbour with a dance-off flash mob...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 15 May 2009

  • Chch Pride kicks off this weekend
    A packed week of Christchurch Pride events starts tonight with a launch party for the DVD of Christchurch LGBT history documentary Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV predator's accusers go public
    7...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Out Takes 2009 film schedule revealed
    "We've been able to pick the best queer films from the last two years and we're thrilled with the quality and diversity of this year's line-up," says Out Takes Film Festival chief programmer Simon Fulton as 2009's complete film schedule is revealed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Police launch formal 'predator' investigation
    5...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 15 May 2008

  • "Never forget": Maryan Street MP marks Candlelight 2008
    Maryan Street MP will attend Candlelight in Wellington this Sunday, while Chris Carter MP attends the Auckland event...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • "Never forget": Maryan Street MP marks Candlelight 2008
    Maryan Street MP will attend Candlelight in Wellington this Sunday, while Chris Carter MP attends the Auckland event...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Auckland Lesbian Business Assn. thinks pink
    Auckland's Lesbian Business Association (aLBa) has re-launched itself with new activities and events… and a reclamation of the colour pink...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gym expulsion angers Chch transgender
    A Christchurch transgender man has laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission claiming his gym membership was terminated because of his plans to change his gender, reports the Christchurch Press...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Standing ovation for Sir Elton in Auckland
    The entire crowd at Auckland's Vector Arena got to their feet to welcome Sir Elton John, as the openly-gay 'Piano Man' arrived on stage last night for his third New Zealand concert in 18 months - and his first in Auckland for over a decade...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tauranga's Candlelight Memorial cancelled
    Tauranga's AIDS Candlelight Memorial ceremony, planned for this Sunday evening, has been cancelled due to lack of interest in the event...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 May 2007

  • AKL drag queens keep Cartier cash flowing
    Karangahape Road's drag queens raised thousands of dollars for the Cartier Bereavement Charitable Trust last month, says Trust spokesperson Karen Ritchie...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Eighty gay men arrested in Iran
    Eighty members of the Iranian gay community have been arrested by the security personnel in Isfahan, Iranian Queer Organisation IRQO reports...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay ads anger Lithuanian bus drivers
    Concerns about gay rights in the Baltics flared again when Lithuanian trolleybus drivers refused to drive vehicles carrying advertisements encouraging sexual tolerance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Gay media empire in cash crisis
    The San Francisco owner of Gay...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 15 May 2006

  • Archbishop: "Gay life same as greediness"
    The 'gay pattern of life' is the same as 'adultery' or 'greediness' as it is inconsistent with Christian teachings, a visiting Anglican Archbishop told the Christchurch Press...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Damien Calleja, Mr Urge Bear 2006
    Damien Calleja The newly sashed Mr Urge Bear 2006 is an Auckland cabinetmaker with a positive attitude to life...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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)...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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
  • "HIV/AIDS does not discriminate... we cannot relax."
    AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL SPEECHES From the Governor General, The Honourable Dame Sylvia Cartwright: Tena koutou katoa My warm greetings to everyone gathered for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 May 2004

  • Anti-gay party continues tour
    Destiny NZ, the political arm of the 0800-evangelical Destiny Church, is taking its political sideshow to Wellington this week in its bid to bring their unique mix of religion and politics to the New Zealand public...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • 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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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...
    Links: GayNZ.com

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: GayNZ.net, Te Ara

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