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Fri 22 May 2020

  • Netflix: From a gay clergyman to a working mum, Queer Eye's new season brings back the magic
    The fifth season will launch on June 5...
    Links: Stuff
  • Court Releases LGBT+ People Jailed in Uganda
    Links: Express
  • Simon Bridges’ First (and Last?) LGBT+ Interview
    Links: Express

Wed 22 May 2019

  • 30 Years of RainbowYOUTH
    Links: Express

Tue 22 May 2018

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 22 May 2018
    A prominent Niuean New Zealander is seeking a senior post at the World Health Organisation; Thousands of students in Solomon Islands took time out to think about their futures earlier this month at a careers market day in the capital Honiara; Edouard Fritch is re-elected French Polynesia's president; After a month of crisis, top up HIV drugs arrive in PNG, and; Hawaii passes a pesticide control bill...
    Links: RNZ
  • Lawyer says complainant 'made up' sex allegations about spiritual medium
    The lawyer acting for a spiritual medium on trial for indecently assaulting a teen while performing a ritual cleansing has told a jury the teen made up the allegation because he thought the medium was a "weirdo", and because he was gay...
    Links: Stuff
  • Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Israel Folau’s Car Taken Away Over Recent Anti-Gay Comments
    Links: Express
  • Pope Francis Tells Gay Man That “God Made You Like This...
    Links: Express

Sun 22 May 2016

  • Doing the Eagle Rock!
    Links: Express
  • Looking back and looking forward
    Shaun Robinson arrived at the NZAF five years ago at an extremely difficult time for the organisation...

Fri 22 May 2015

  • Irish Working Class Could Prove Decisive in Historic Marriage Equality Victory
    Links: Express
  • Kiwi MPs Announce Cross-Party Working Group on GLBT Rights
    Links: Express
  • Pink Shirt Day marked across New Zealand
    Students up and down the country have switched uniforms for pink shirts today, while politicians, lgbti groups, police officers, members of the Defence Force and countless other organisations are backing the initiative...

Thu 22 May 2014

  • Marlborough’s Most Memorable Meals Part One
    Links: Express
  • Michael Hootman’s Wonderful World of Gayness Part Two.
    Links: Express
  • There’s Something New About Mary
    Links: Express
  • Schools getting ready for Pink Shirt Day
    Events are being held up and down the country tomorrow to mark anti-bullying initiative Pink Shirt Day...

Wed 22 May 2013

  • Wigarama raises nearly $2,000 for Cartier
    Karen Ritchie performing at Wigarama, picture taken by Andrea Auckland high-heeled and even higher-haired charity event Wigarama has raised almost $2,000 for the Cartier Trust...

Tue 22 May 2012

  • Wellington: Ivy finds a new home on Cuba St
    Greig and Leon Wilson Wellington gay bar and nightclub Ivy is to reopen in August in a new home on Lower Cuba St, in the old James Smith department store basement...

Sun 22 May 2011

  • Priscilla actor Bill Hunter dies
    Bill Hunter (r) and Terrence Stamp in Priscilla Bill Hunter, the Australian actor who played a mechanic who couples up with a transgender woman in the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, has died, aged 71...

Sat 22 May 2010

  • NSW politician resigns after gay sauna visit aired
    David Campbell A New South Wales cabinet minister has resigned after being outed in prime time by TV network Channel 7...

Fri 22 May 2009

  • Two years' jail for one gay bar punch
    An Australian man has been jailed for breaking a fellow drinker's jaw in a fight over his boyfriend at a Brisbane gay pub...

Thu 22 May 2008

  • Green Party candidate Kevin Hague
    New Green lister Kevin Hague Ranking at #7 on the Green Party's list means Hague, 48, has a pretty good chance of becoming our next openly-gay MP after this year's election...

Tue 22 May 2007

  • VIDEO: Out Takes Film Fest
    This year's Out Takes Film Fest presents several transgender true stories from around the globe, plus you're sure to fall head over heels for transsexual sex-worker Marieta in the opening night film '20 Centimetres': 20 Centimetres plays on the opening night of the festival, in Auckland on May 24, Wellington on May 31, and Christchurch on June 7...

Mon 22 May 2006

  • Hunky analyst is Mr Gay Akl 2006
    Mark Sawyer, a 24yo risk analyst, has been crowned Mr Gay Auckland at a competition held at Family Bar last night...

Sun 22 May 2005

  • Sports and gays - like oil and water?
    I'm a gay man who really enjoys going to the rugby but all my gay friends make me feel like some sort of leper...

Sat 22 May 2004

  • Civil unions in Question Time
    Constituents are concerned about MPs supportive of the Civil Union bill, according to NZ First leader Winston Peters...

Sun 22 May 1994

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
    A memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland. Following the service the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is carried outspread in a candlelit parade via Hobson and Wellesley Streets to Aotea Square.
    Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

Wed 22 May 1985

  • Television news report: the Human Rights Commission supports homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F81812.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The Human Rights Commission comes out in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)

Tue 22 May 1984

  • Television: Sue Billing of the Family Planning Association interviewed about sex education for young children (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP21820.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The New South Wales government votes to decriminalise male homosexual acts (New South Wales, Australia)
    The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples). The law is enacted on 8 June 1984.
    Links: Wikipedia

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