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Wed 20 May 2020

  • Albania Bans Conversion Therapy
    Links: Express
  • Japanese PM Under Pressure to Introduce LGBT+ Non-Discrimination Law
    Links: Express
  • Queer Artist Jack Panther Chats With express Ahead Of His Lockdown...
    Links: Express
  • Video Of Babysitter Abusing A Young Boy For Dancing “Gay” Causes...
    Links: Express

Mon 20 May 2019

  • Israel Folau Gone For Good?
    Links: Express
  • Love and Marriage: Four Local Couples Share Their Big Day With...
    Links: Express
  • Taiwan Becomes First Country In Asia To Legalise Same-Sex Marriage
    Links: Express
  • The Heels Are Alive: express Talks With Mario Faumui About Fine...
    Links: Express

Sun 20 May 2018

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2018) (Tararua Tramping Club)
    Audio from the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held at the Tararua Tramping Club in Wellington on 20 May 2018
    Features: Bruce Kilmister, Eric Evans, Gertrude Agbozo, Glacer Tormis, Heather Sangster-Smith, Jane Bruning, Karen Ritchie, Kayla Riarn, Kjel Griffiths, Lee Eklund, Phil Rogers, Rev Roger Pym, Steve McVey, Tiwhanawhana
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
    In Wellington a service is held at the Tararua Tramping Club and in Auckland a service is held at St Matthew in the City.
  • How the shame of sexuality drove a man to become an alcoholic
    Growing up in a small rural town in Victoria, Daniel* always knew he was different...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sat 20 May 2017

  • The Topp Twins exhibtion shows at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
    The exhibition, curated by Sian Torrington, runs from 20 May - 29 October 2017

Fri 20 May 2016

  • NZAF Executive Director Farewelled in Emotive Ceremony
    Links: Express
  • Warm praise for departing head of NZAF
    Shaun Robinson The outgoing Executive Director of the NZ AIDS Foundation was warmly farewelled  this evening with speakers praising the work he has done at the organisation over the past five years...

Wed 20 May 2015

  • Michigan Pastor Who Condemned GLBT Rights Resigns After Being Caught On...
    Links: Express
  • Paedophile in Argentina Has Sentence Reduced as Judges Rule Six Year...
    Links: Express
  • RY head to sleep rough for lgbti youth
    RainbowYOUTH General Manager Duncan Matthews will sleep rough this July to highlight the plight of homeless queer and gender diverse youth...

Tue 20 May 2014

  • Express introduces… Modern Maori Quartet
    Links: Express
  • No Fems – No Fun!
    Links: Express
  • NZ Falcons receive major corporate backing
    Links: Express
  • Wgtn memorial was enlightening, solemn
    Body Positive's Bruce Kilmister speaks at the memorial service...

Mon 20 May 2013

  • Urzila Carlson wins People's Choice Award
    Urzila Carlson has won the TV3 People’s Choice Award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival...

Sun 20 May 2012

  • Brian and Matthew - Queen of the Whole Universe (Auckland)
    Brian Andrews talks about photographing the Queen of the Whole Universe and Matthew Hunt talks about performing in the beauty pageant.
    Features: Brian Andrews, Matthew Hunt
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Under the Rainbow raises more than $3,000
    Wellington’s Under the Rainbow art exhibition has raised $3,272, which will go towards funding Out in the Square...

Fri 20 May 2011

  • Rainbow Labour to flesh out campaign
    Maryan Street Rainbow Labour's sector council will this weekend put together campaign heading into the November election...

Thu 20 May 2010

  • Next Year in Tel Aviv?
    One of the problems with Palestinian solidarity politics is the question of Israel's excellent LGBT rights record...

Wed 20 May 2009

  • Police double HIV 'predator' team size
    The police team investigating allegations that an HIV positive gay Auckland man has been knowingly infecting his youthful sex partners has doubled in size with six officers now working on the case...

Tue 20 May 2008

  • Symbolism and stories at Candlelight events
    Karen Ritchie of the Cartier Bereavement Trust attaches a name card Symbolism and personal stories were strongly featured at Candlelight Memorial services held around the country on Sunday night...

Sun 20 May 2007

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • 5,000 march in Poland
    Thousands of people marched on Saturday in Poland for the annual gay-rights parade in Warsaw, days after the education minister called for a ban on the ‘propagation of homosexuality' in Polish schools...

Fri 20 May 2005

  • Stella Duffy: Author, survivor and trying hard
    New Zealand-born, London-based Stella Duffy is clearly happy to talk about sex and horrible illness...

Thu 20 May 2004

  • NZ way ahead of US on transgender issues
    New Zealand is way ahead of the United States when it comes to acceptance of transgender people, says activist and historian Dr Susan Stryker...

Tue 20 May 2003

  • NZ: Sacked presenter punished in TV ad
    Sacked QN presenter Jonathan Marshall will appear on-screen this Thursday in a TV commercial for a chain of adult shops...

Sun 20 May 2001

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

Mon 20 May 1991

Sun 20 May 1990

  • A will making workshop for lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)

Mon 20 May 1985

  • Television news report: Government denies cancelling Homosexual Law Reform Bill committee meetings for political gain in Timaru (Timaru, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP17566.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: the Government denies claims it has suspended submissions on homosexual law reform due to the Timaru by-election (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F81801.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: gay activists have created a new strategy for dealing with anti-gay lobbyists (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP13157.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sun 20 May 1973

  • Writer and poet Charles Brasch dies (New Zealand)

Wed 20 May 1863

  • Rev H M Turton is tried in the Supreme Court on a charge of sodomy (Nelson, New Zealand)
    One of Turton's servants had accused him of an incident in October 1862. The jury found Turton not guilty.
    Links: Papers Past

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