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Sun 16 May 2021

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2021) (Tararua Tramping Club)
    Audio from the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held at the Tararua Tramping Club in Wellington on 16 May 2021
    Features: Cole Hampton, El Prior, Kate Spencer, Kim Wheeler, Kjel Griffiths, Nikki Carlson, Phil Rogers, Richard Benge, Richard Tankersley, Ron Irvine, The Glamaphones (Wellington), Tim Hope, Tiwhanawhana
    Links: PrideNZ.com
  • Greens Call On Labour To Urgently Support Members Bill To Protect The Human Rights Of Rainbow Communities
    The Green Party spokesperson for Rainbow Communities Dr Elizabeth Kerekere is calling for the Labour Party to support her members bill to protect the rights of takatāpui, in particular, trans, intersex, and non-binary people...
    Links: Scoop

Sat 16 May 2020

  • Alison Mau: Champagne and homophobia on the menu at first party of a new era
    OPINION: If this is what the party lifestyle looks like in the post-lockdown era, I'll pass, writes Alison Mau...
    Links: Stuff

Thu 16 May 2019

  • A mystery illness killed a boy in 1969. Years later, doctors learned what it was: AIDS
    The 16-year-old boy had the kind of illness that wouldn't be familiar to doctors for years: He was weak and emaciated, rife with stubborn infections and riddled with rare cancerous lesions known as Kaposi's sarcoma, a skin disease...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Diverse mix of couples revealed for Wife Swap New Zealand
    On the New Zealand version, the swappers are a diverse mix – the 16 families comprise single mums, a gay couple and whānau both big and small...
    Links: Stuff
  • New Zealand is heading to become HIV-free
    The goal to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in New Zealand by 2025 suddenly looks attainable...
    Links: Stuff
  • Australian Pro-Footballer Comes Out As Gay
    Links: Express
  • Dramatic Decline In HIV Diagnoses Continues In New Zealand
    Links: Express
  • Meet a Former US Surrogate and Egg Donor – Free Family...
    Links: Express

Wed 16 May 2018

  • Courtney Act Stars in New Ending HIV Campaign
    Links: Express

Tue 16 May 2017

  • TropOut 2017: New Caledonia
    Links: Express

Mon 16 May 2016

  • Pride Board Responds to EJP Symposium Questions Regarding Corrections
    Links: Express
  • Sir Ian McKellen to Inaugurate Kashish 2016
    Links: Express
  • "Community, testing and meds will stop HIV"
    An HIV rapid test kit A concerted community response, testing, drug treatments and condoms are all now needed if NZ is to see the end of the HIV epidemic, according to the NZ AIDS Foundation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Annual HIV figure tipped to rise yet again
    The number of newly-diagnosed cases of HIV infection looks set to continue its upward trend with a slight increase in the 2015 figures expected...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Corrections deny claims made at Equal Justice forum
    Corrections has responded to claims - made last Wednesday evening at the Equal Justice Project forum - that prisons are unsafe for trans prisoners...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Death of Bangladeshi activist:Islamic militant arrested
    A man has been arrested for the murder of Bangladeshi  LGBTI magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan, who was murdered late last month...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Germany: Historic Offences v Asylum Policy
    Although Germany's Christian Democrat/Social Democrat "grand coalition" government won't legislate for marriage equality, it seems that it is open to other pro-LGBT legislative reforms, such as the announcement of a "historic gay sexual offences' bill...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Surrogate search continues as woman pulls out
    The Auckland gay couple who announced they were successful in finding a someone to carry their child, have found out that the woman can no longer go through with the surrogacy...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 16 May 2015

  • First NZ lgbti appeal funds sent to Nepal
    Blue Diamond Society members sheltering in a tent...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Luxembourg's PM marries his partner
    Luxembourg's Prime Minister has become just the second leader in the world to marry a same-sex partner...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Newlywed Aussie couple show defiance
    Lee Bransden and Sandra Yates marry at last "Stick that up you Tony Abbott" grinned Lee Bransden in a forceful message to their anti-same sex marriage Australian Prime Minister as she and fellow Australian Sandra Yates held their marriage certificate following a moving ceremony held in Rotorua...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The importance of personal histories
    Renee wants us to write our histories...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Urzila Carlson in running for a FRED Award
    Urzila Carlson has been nominated for The FRED Award, which honours the best show by a New Zealand comedian...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 16 May 2014

  • ASB commits to GLBT inclusion by joining Rainbow Tick
    Links: Express
  • Express introduces… Julia Deans
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: So Much Beefiness
    Links: Express
  • 'Anything's better than more standing still'
    ‘Anything (is) better than more standing still’ was among the tweets from the Vicar of St Luke's Mt Albert Clare Barrie as she and others urging the Anglican Church to move forward tried to digest an announcement from leaders that they will “explore ways that the blessing of same gender relationships could be part of Church life”...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • ASB among big guns hunting Rainbow Tick
    Michael Stevens and Barbara Chapman ASB has proudly trumpeted becoming the first New Zealand bank to commit to The Rainbow Tick...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • LYC filming dads with gay sons in new vid
    After the phenomenal success of its ‘gay first kiss’ video, safe-sex promoter Love Your Condom is today beginning work on two new flicks...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 16 May 2013

  • A new gay anthem?
    Sara Bareilles’ new track Brave was inspired by a friend who was struggling to come out...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Auckland Council: Ignoring sound advice about street sex work
    A French Sister of Perpetual Indulgence demonstrates against France's anti-sexworker anti-soliciting laws (July 2012) In the third article in this continuing series on Auckland street sex work, Asenati Lole-Taylor's proposed bill and Ministry of Justice advice are discussed...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Candlelight memorial: tributes and memories sought
    This Sunday is the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Candlelight memorial: tributes and memories sought
    This Sunday is the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Counsellors to wear pink in anti-bullying stand
    The New Zealand Association of Counsellors is urging all 2,500 of its members to wear pink in a show of solidarity against all forms of bullying tomorrow...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Drunk-driving killers find love behind bars
    Two women who were sent to jail for eerily similar killings have revealed they fell in love behind bars...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • From The UN: The Riddle
    From the UN's human rights office: 76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • HIV organisations silent on safe-sex discord
    Both the NZ AIDS Foundation and Body Positive are remaining tight-lipped regarding the cover story of the most recent issue of HIV NZ which questions the NZAF's safe-sex promotion strategy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Shane Bosher bowing out from Silo Theatre
    Gay theatre maestro Shane Bosher is leaving Silo Theatre after 13 years as its Artistic Director, during which he has brought numerous gay productions to Auckland...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 16 May 2012

  • Back Benches to brew up marriage debate
    Marriage equality will be among the topics up for discussion on TVNZ7’s political panel show Back Benches tonight, with gay Labour deputy Grant Robertson among the guests...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Indonesia may ban Lady Gaga from performing
    Indonesian police have banned Lady Gaga from performing her sell-out June show due to threats from Islamic extremists...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Ss to host 'fun' service for adored icon
    A remembrance service for much-loved Wellington gay community icon Johnny Croskery will be held at S  ...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 16 May 2011

  • Adelaide anti-homophobia rally turns violent
    Picture: ABC News A rally against homophobia turned violent in Adelaide as some of those gathered clashed with Christian protestors...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Enthusiasm runs high for new Ak glbt festival
    Meeting chair Gresham Bradley 7...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Masterchef's Jax comes out in woman's mag
    Jax Hamilton finished second in the tough reality cooking show The runner-up for in the second season of Masterchef Jax Hamilton has stated she is in love with a woman in what a woman's rag is headlining as a "shock" revelation...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZAF looking for new social media whiz
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is looking for a new Social Marketing Coordinator whose role will be to use technology to encourage condom use among gay and bisexual men...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 16 May 2010

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Australians march for same-sex marriage
    Thousands of Australians have marched for the right to marry in Equal Love rallies right across the nation...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 16 May 2009

  • Actress Megan Fox says she's bisexual
    One of the world's hottest women has told Esquire magazine there is "no question in my mind" that she is bisexual...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Ski Week returns with new events
    Queenstown's 7th annual Gay Ski Week NZ is set to rock with over 300 room nights sold at the base hotel already, and lots of new events planned, says organiser Mike Sanford...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sex venues shut doors to HIV 'predator'
    Auckland's largest sex on site venues have closed their doors to the alleged HIV predator at the centre of allegations that he has knowingly infected a number of young gay men with HIV...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 16 May 2008

  • Chch: Cruz unveils Awards trophies
    The owner of Christchurch's Cruz nightclub says he's pleased - and a little surprised - at how many scene-goers have nominated themselves and their friends in the venue's inaugural awards ceremony tonight...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Robin Isaacs Pt1: Searching for HIV treatments
    Dr Robin Isaacs "I was always interested in science," says ex-Auckland medic Robin Isaacs, "and I wanted to do good things for people...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 16 May 2007

  • AKL: Two gay birthday parties for June
    Karangahape Road's Finale drag cabaret venue, and ever-popular Auckland gay dance party Salvation are both having their fourth birthdays in June, and have elaborate parties planned...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Beyer won
    Contrary to speculative media reports at the time Georgina Beyer left Parliament recently, the ex-Rainbow Labour MP has now revealed she is not planning to stand for Mayor of Wellington in the upcoming local body elections...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Chch Pride Week: Half-time round-up
    Christchurch Pride Week organiser Brent Mitchell says we're halfway through the busy calendar of events, and has updated us on what's been happening...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Moscow bans gay pride parade again
    The Moscow government has again officially rejected the organisation of gay pride parade in Russia's capital...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • USA: Anti-gay Reverend Jerry Falwell dies
    The Reverend Jerry Falwell, 73, has died after being found 'unresponsive' in his office at Liberty University on Tuesday morning...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • VIDEO: Out Takes Film Fest
    Gorgeous gals, classic cowgirls, transgender tales, queer comics, and a feast of foreign film… yes, the Out Takes Film Festival is back! There's a great line up for women this year including the nine-time festival award winner The Gymnast...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 16 May 2006

  • GAP announces Anti-Homophobia Day
    The Wellington based network of gay and lesbian professionals (GAP) has thrown their support behind the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), to be observed around the world tomorrow, May 17...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Review: The Gay Archipelago
    The Gay Archipelago, by Tom Boellstorff...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sex, Saints and Sectarianism
    In the context ofIslamic/gay understanding, the incident of Saint Pelagius of Cordoba is cause for some interest, even if it did happen back in the tenth century CE...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 16 May 2005

  • Brash too busy for gay community
    National Party leader Don Brash is too busy to speak to the gay community about its concerns over the party's blanket support for a Bill which would ban gay marriage, according to a spokesman...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Planet Wishart does the Time Warp, again
    In some alternate universe, Auckland-based fundamentalist tabloid 'editor' Ian Wishart's lurid social conservative fantasies are reality...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 16 May 2004

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Television news report: Solomon Islands expect a major increase in HIV diagnoses (New Zealand)
    The news comes after it was revealed that blood products hadn't been screened for the last four years. One news, ref F81625.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fri 16 May 2003

  • Mayor Banks another "paparazzo" target
    Auckland Mayor John Banks has reportedly been another target of Queer Nation's moonlighting paparazzo, Jonathan Marshall...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • NZ: Go Girl exhibition going to Sydney
    A photographic and video exhibition of Auckland transgender personalities from past decades is to be shown in Sydney...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Queer Nation pair fired in paparazzi fall-out
    Queer Nation presenter Jonathan Marshall and researcher/director David Herkt have been fired from gay TV programme Queer Nation following a week of semipublic battling with the programme's makers...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Sacked QN presenter taking legal action
    Sacked Queer Nation presenter Jonathan Marshall has instructed a lawyer to take legal action after being fired from the company which produces the gay TV programme...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Straight parents' suitability "never questioned"
    The suitability of straight couples to conceive and raise children is never questioned, says an editorial in the Hawkes Bay Today newspaper...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sun 16 May 1999

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

Thu 16 May 1996

  • Sexual Healing? a documentary featuring former homosexual Noel Mosen is broadcast on TV One (New Zealand)
    A number of people complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority about the content. The complaints are upheld in November 1996.
    Links: BSA

Wed 16 May 1984

  • Television: Judith Carver from New Zealand Childcare Association interviewed about sex role stereotyping in children (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP21816.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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