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Wed 27 May 2020

  • Larry Kramer, Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84
    The 84 year old was best known for his activism and fight against AIDS...
    Links: Stuff
  • YouTube star Lele Pons recalls walking in on her dad sleeping with another man
    YouTube star Lele Pons reveals how she came to understand her father's sexuality and how it made them closer than ever...
    Links: Stuff
  • Costa Rica Legalises Same-Sex Marriage
    Links: Express
  • Former Australian Governor-General Adds Support For LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day
    Links: Express
  • JK Rowling Under Fire Again With Anti-Trans Controversy
    Links: Express

Mon 27 May 2019

  • Biphobia: What is it?
    The gay community is supportive and inclusive, but what if you're caught between the straight world and the queer world? Bisexuality is often ignored - or hypersexualised - by media...
    Links: RNZ
  • Brazil’s Supreme Court to Make Homophobia and Transphobia Illegal
    Links: Express
  • Syphilis Outbreak Warning For Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Trump Unveils His Own LGBTI Pride Merchandise
    Links: Express
  • Watch: The First Trailer For The New Batwoman Series
    Links: Express

Sun 27 May 2018

  • Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown
    BEIRUT — It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • New Zealand’s Ricky Finishes Runner-up In Mr. Gay World
    Links: Express

Fri 27 May 2016

  • Unreal "Women" of Transphobia
    Why is Family First emulating bottom-of-the-barrel US Christian Right anti-transgender tactics in its never ending fear-mongering campaign against transgender rights? Case in point: imaginary 'transgender sexual predators...

Wed 27 May 2015

  • Jack - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Jack talks about sex work.
    Features: unidentified voice
  • Australian Labor Leader Bill Shorten to Introduce Marriage Equality Bill
    Links: Express
  • Bruce Kilmister Thanked For Decades of Service
    Links: Express
  • Bruce Kilmister’s Farewell Party
    Links: Express
  • Vatican Calls Marriage Equality in Ireland a “Defeat For Humanity”
    Links: Express
  • Overseas surgeries being looked into
    The Ministry of Health says work is underway to explore sending people overseas for gender reassignment surgery...

Tue 27 May 2014

  • Express Interviews The Looking’s Murray Bartlett aka Dom
    Links: Express
  • My lips aren’t sealed!: Begger and Butter Balls
    Links: Express
  • The Pop Bangers That Imploded: Adam Rickitt (UK)
    Links: Express
  • South Africa gets first gay cabinet minister
    Lynne Brown South Africa's President has made an openly-lesbian woman a cabinet minister...

Mon 27 May 2013

  • The Edge trying to host first same-sex weddings
    The Edge host Dom Harvey had to march in Auckland's Pride Parade because he lost a bet A radio show which brought listeners a “so gay I just got AIDS” joke, a pride parade march as a result of a lost bet and a song about rug munching is now attempting to host New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings...

Sun 27 May 2012

  • Evan Donnelly - Queen of the Whole Universe
    Evan Donnelly talks about performing in the Queen of the Whole Universe beauty pageant.
    Features: Evan Donnelly
  • Boycott Queensland?
    Should New Zealand and Australian LGBT organisations launch a boycott of Queensland, Australia's 'hate state?' It seems as if the right-wing Liberal-National Coalition Queensland state government is intent on repealing its civil union legislation and cutting funding to Queensland Action for Healthy Communities, the state's HIV/AIDS prevention group? This has been tried before, and succeeded...

Fri 27 May 2011

  • Youth groups hold 'positive' meeting with PM
    Left to right: Seb Stewart, Blake Skjellerup, Prime Minister John Key, Tabby Besley, Thomas Hamilton Representatives of queer New Zealand youth have met with Prime Minister John Key and asked him to support their education programmes and Queer Straight Alliance Networks, and say the meeting was a positive experience...

Thu 27 May 2010

  • Out Takes trailer: An Englishman in New York
    "Thirty five years after the seminal Thames TV movie 'The Naked Civil Servant', John Hurt reprises the role of Quentin Crisp...

Wed 27 May 2009

  • Youth survey finds gay students at risk
    A major New Zealand survey of over 9,000 secondary school students suggests that same-sex-attracted youth experience greater levels of depression, suicide and self harm, are less likely to use condoms, and report higher levels of bullying and discrimination...

Tue 27 May 2008

  • Takataapui TV: The World According to Drag Artistes
    Tess Tickle The next episode of Maori Television's LGBT documentary programme Takataapui will be broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday 2 June: "Women always break space...

Sun 27 May 2007

  • Moscow Gay Pride to go on despite ban
    Russian gay activists vowed yesterday to hold a demonstration in Moscow despite a ban, a year after a similar attempt led to arrests by police, attacks by right-wing nationalists and verbal abuse by pensioners...

Sat 27 May 2006

  • OutTakes: Wellington filmmaker takes on gay threesome
    When Wellington filmmaker Naomi Wallwork was looking to create a short documentary, she needed only to ask the neighbours for help...

Fri 27 May 2005

  • Touch of Pink
    TOUCH OF PINK Dir: Ian Iqbal Rashid, 2003, Canada, 35mm, 91 mins It's a sign that GLBT cinema is coming of age that we can say there is such a thing as a well-worn plot, but seeing as there are only thirty-odd plots in existence, it's just as well that GLBT filmmakers are more talented when it comes to providing fresh new twists on them – such is the case of Touch of Pink, the best film to open the Out Takes festival in the last four years...

Thu 27 May 2004

  • Shopping and Fucking at the Silo Theatre
    Shopping and Fucking Dir: Stuart Devenie Silo Theatre, Auckland...

Tue 27 May 1986

  • Television talkback: Dr. Paul Goldwater discusses AIDS with talkback callers (New Zealand)
    Newsline, ref F91769.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Thu 27 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui, New Zealand)
    Mackay had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. In the hope of mitigating Mackay's sentence, his defense lawyer pointed to how Mackay had been suffering from homo-sexual monomania for a number of years.
    Links: Papers Past

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