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Mon 25 May 2020

  • Anti-LGBT+ Judge Gets Closer To Supreme Court Position
    Links: Express
  • New Bi-Monthly Drug Could Be More Effective Than PrEP
    Links: Express
  • South African Government Criticised For Excluding LGBT+ Refugees From COVID-19 Relief
    Links: Express

Fri 25 May 2018

  • Series of LGBTI-Friendly Children’s Books to be Released with the Help...
    Links: Express
  • Vatican Cardinal Says Homophobia is an Invention and Doesn’t Exist
    Links: Express

Thu 25 May 2017

  • Auckland Pride Board Retirement and Renewal
    Links: Express
  • Ben and Jerry’s Ban Same-Flavour Scoops Until Australia Achieves Marriage Equality
    Links: Express
  • Three By Ekman Wows Audience
    Links: Express
  • Under the Spotlight: The Covert Practice of ‘Stealthing’
    Links: Express

Wed 25 May 2016

  • Spike in Youth Coming Out Since Irish Referendum
    Links: Express
  • VIC Premier delivers powerful apology to gay men
    Victoria’s Premier has apologised for the ‘abominable’ laws that criminalised homosexuality in Australia...

Mon 25 May 2015

  • Eurovision Winner Mans Zelmerlöw Called Homosexuality “Abnormal”
    Links: Express
  • Doco Fest preview: Te Manu Ahi
    A short film by talented Auckland couple Andy Jalfon and Skot Barnett is showing at the Documentary Edge Festival...

Sun 25 May 2014

  • FOODIE BITES: Worth Waking Up too!
    Links: Express
  • New Zealand and Art The Unexpected
    Links: Express
  • Tom Sainsbury
    Links: Express
  • Vietnam: social stigma increases HIV risk
    Vietnam: Despite the government’s pro-gay stance, society’s marginalizing and prejudice against men who have sex with men put them at a greater risk of contracting HIV, says UNAIDS...

Sat 25 May 2013

  • Michal Boyd - Aged Care Research (Auckland)
    Michal Boyd talks about research into the care of Rainbow people in aged residential care in New Zealand
    Features: Michal Boyd
  • House where Miles was killed to be demolished
    Hayden Miles The Christchurch flat where gay teenager Hayden Miles was beaten to death has been marked for demolition...

Fri 25 May 2012

  • Signing sets HIV organisations on collaborative path
    Shaun Robinson (NZAF), Bruce Kilmister (Body Positive) and Scott Johnston (Body Positive chair) at the signing...

Wed 25 May 2011

  • The American Question
    In 2012, the United States goes to the polls for its next presidential and Congressional elections...

Tue 25 May 2010

  • New GenderBridge Coordinator appointed
    Cam Michael Cam Michael has been appointed to the role of Coordinator with GenderBridge...

Mon 25 May 2009

  • Kiwi videos needed for anti-hate project
    Anti-homophobia videos set to Lily Allen's new song 'Fuck You' are popular on the net this month, and now New Zealand's Triangle/Stratos TV crew wants you to make a local version...

Sun 25 May 2008

  • USA:McCain's gay marriage clash with Ellen
    US Presidential hopeful John McCain has taken issue with Ellen DeGeneres' planned wedding to Australian actress Portia De Rossi during a live TV discussion...

Fri 25 May 2007

  • USA: Having gay friends spurs tolerance
    People with gay friends or family members are far more likely to accept their sexual orientation than those who don't, according to a US survey released by the Pew Research Centre in Dallas, Texas...

Thu 25 May 2006

  • Wanted: The heroes and heroines of law reform
    Wellington's Rainbow Labour and GAP are seeking nominations of people to be honoured as the “sung and unsung heroes and heroines” of the homosexual law reform campaign...

Wed 25 May 2005

  • Augusten Burroughs: an engaging extremist
    At the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, Claire Gummer talks skid marks and cruel streaks with a New York Times best-selling author whose real life seems stranger than fiction...

Tue 25 May 2004

  • Dunne equates gay marriage with child sex
    United Future leader Peter Dunne has equated gay marriage with child sex in his latest attack on the government...

Fri 25 May 2001

  • The seventh annual Out Takes film festival takes place (New Zealand)
    The festival runs in multiple centres: Auckand 25 May - 5 June, Wellington 31 May - 10 June, Dunedin 16 - 17 June, Christchurch 22 - 24 June.
    Links: Out Takes

Sat 25 May 1991

  • Television news report: unexpected consequences after actor plays the part of a man with AIDS (New Zealand)
    Actor Patrick Davies' friends and family thought he had AIDS after media reports about the theatre production. One Network News, ref F104476.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Sat 25 May 1985

Fri 25 May 1984

  • Television: various community members discussing who should teach sex education to children (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP87560.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 25 May 1971

  • Television news report: a bust of Frank Sargeson is unveiled in Takapuna (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Ref TZP144400.
    Links: TVNZ
  • The Labour Party annual conference votes favour of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
    The conference voted in favour of homosexual acts between consenting males in private be legalised. The vote was so close that a count had to be taken.

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