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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 Rimene, Phil Rogers, Richard Benge, Richard Tankersley, Ron Irvine, The Glamaphones (Wellington), Tim Hope, Tiwhanawhana

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
  • 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...

Sat 16 May 2015

  • 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...

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
  • 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...

Thu 16 May 2013

  • 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...

Wed 16 May 2012

  • 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  ...

Mon 16 May 2011

  • 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...

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...

Sat 16 May 2009

  • 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...

Fri 16 May 2008

  • 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...

Wed 16 May 2007

  • 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...

Tue 16 May 2006

  • 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...

Mon 16 May 2005

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

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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