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Tue 19 May 2020

  • Elon Musk’s Newborn Can Determine Their Own Gender
    Links: Express
  • Hate Crimes Against LGBT+ Community Up 36% In France
    Links: Express

Sun 19 May 2019

  • Bella Simpson - Tranzform (Wellington)
    Bella Simpson talks about being one of the first members of Tranzform, a youth support group established in Wellington in 2008
    Features: Bella Simpson
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2019) (Tararua Tramping Club, Wellington)
    Audio from the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held at the Tararua Tramping Club in Wellington on 19 May 2019
    Features: Abby Leota, Alex Anderson, Bill Logan, Fer Dossaints, James Rice-Davies, Kevin Haunui, Lee Eklund, Matt Sharpe, The Glamaphones (Wellington), Tiwhanawhana, Trish McBride
  • Wai Ho - Tranzform (Wellington)
    Wai Ho, co-founder of Tranzform, talks about the early days of the youth support group which was established in 2008 in Wellington
    Features: Wai Ho
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services take place (New Zealand)
    Services are held at St Matthews in the City (Auckland), Lady Goodfellow Chapel (Hamilton) and at the Tararua Tramping Clubrooms (Wellington). The theme for this year is: reduce stigma, ensure access, increase resources, promote involvement.
    Links: Facebook

Sat 19 May 2018

  • A time to shine for Tonga's silenced leitis
    The struggle for more acceptance and tolerance of transgender and LGBT communities within largely religious and conservative Pacific communities has been highlighted in a new film winning the hearts of global audiences...
    Links: RNZ
  • Bill Gates: 'Donald Trump confused on difference between HIV and HPV'
    Donald Trump once struggled to understand the difference between HIV and HPV, billionaire businessman Bill Gates has revealed...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Royal wedding: American bishop brings human rights focus
    He's the son of an American civil rights activist and the descendant of African slaves...
    Links: NZ Herald

Fri 19 May 2017

  • Help yourself now!
    The final days of GayNZ...

Thu 19 May 2016

  • Gay man confirmed as US Secretary of the Army
    In a historic move, the US Senate has confirmed gay man Eric Fanning to be the US Secretary of the Army...

Tue 19 May 2015

  • Bill Logan - early years of HIV AIDS in Wellington (Wellington)
    Bill Logan talks about the early years of HIV AIDS in Wellington, and the response by groups like the Wellington Gay Switchboard and the AIDS Support Network.
    Features: Bill Logan
  • Foodie Bites: A Little Bird Told Me
    Links: Express
  • Louisa Wall Vows to Continue Fight For More Inclusive Human Rights...
    Links: Express
  • Shocking Details Emerge About Auckland Couple Who Beat Daughter They Thought...
    Links: Express
  • TV preview: Empire
    When Empire hits NZ screens tonight, you’re going to want to check it out, for a lot of reasons – including a lead gay character, and the diva to rule them all - Cookie Lyon...

Mon 19 May 2014

    Links: Express
  • Statutes Amendment Bill – A how to guide
    Links: Express
  • Observers note Anglicans' self-preservation
    Peter Lineham Overseas observers have noted that once again the Anglican Church in New Zealand has given it's own unity a higher priority that extending equal status to the glbti members of its congregation...

Sun 19 May 2013

  • NZers "who died before their time" remembered
    Representatives of HIV organisations begin lighting memorial candles The Governor General has tonight highlighted the hundreds of New Zealanders, mostly gay and bi men, "who died before their time" due to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and the people who cared for them...

Sat 19 May 2012

  • Research suggests many straights have 'gaydar' too
    Examples of faces used in the 'gaydar' experiment...

Thu 19 May 2011

  • The Truth According to Urzila Carlson
    It's the next morning and I am still giggling...

Wed 19 May 2010

  • Trans activists beaten by Turkish police
    An investigation is being demanded into a police attack on five transgender activists in Turkey, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia...

Tue 19 May 2009

  • Sohomo crew returns with The Villians
    The crew behind Auckland's just-departed regular gay night Sohomo are back presenting special guest US electro band The Villians in their only New Zealand concert...

Mon 19 May 2008

  • Out Takes chooses two films for June
    There's no full Out Takes LGBT Film Festival this year, but festival organisers say they've picked two of the best films - one gay, one lesbian - to feature at fundraising screenings in Auckland and Wellington next month...

Sat 19 May 2007

  • UK government defends ban on gay blood
    A statement on the UK Prime Minister's website claims some gay men flout blood donation guidelines and reveals that 40 donations a year are infected with HIV...

Fri 19 May 2006

  • Wayne Bridge-Smith Wayne Bridge-Smith has been living with HIV and AIDS for a long time now...

Thu 19 May 2005

  • Kylie's shock breast cancer scare
    Pop diva and gay icon Kylie Minogue has cut short her Australian tour following a shock breast cancer diagnosis...

Wed 19 May 2004

  • Religion hinders Pacific HIV prevention
    Additional funding for HIV/AIDS in the Pacific is not enough to prevent a growing epidemic of the disease in New Zealand's nearest neighbours - religious and cultural barriers must also be overcome, says the New Zealand AIDS Foundation...

Mon 19 May 2003

  • GLBT split over QN sacking, condemnation is clear
    The GLBT community is fairly evenly split on whether ex-Queer Nation presenter Jonathan Marshall should have been sacked in the fallout from his involvement in paparazzi chases of TV celebrity Mike Hosking, according to a GayNZ...

Sun 19 May 2002

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

Sun 19 May 1996

  • The 13th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
    This year's theme is: AIDS discrimination is a global epidemic - together we can overcome it. Blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are displayed in New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill and Auckland. Events take place in Taranaki, Waikato, Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland and Nelson.
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt,

Fri 19 May 1995

  • The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The conference takes place at the Student Union Building at Victoria University. It runs from the 19-21 May. One of the things to come out of the conference was the group Lesbians on the Land.
    Links: Queer History NZ, QNA

Sun 19 May 1991

Sun 19 May 1985

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
    The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May.

Thu 19 May 1983

  • Television: Dunedin blood bank, concerned about AIDS, asks male homosexuals not to donate blood (Dunedin, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP136258.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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