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Fri 5 Jun 2020

  • French Parliament Tables Conversion Therapy Bill
    Links: Express

Wed 5 Jun 2019

  • US gay tour group gets death threats for planned Ethiopia visit
    Plans for company to visit Ethiopia greeted with anger in the deeply religious and conservative African country...
    Links: Stuff
  • Folau Convinced Not To Remove Homophobic Post By Father: “You’ll Go...
    Links: Express
  • MTV Reboots Dating Show With Sexually Fluid Singles
    Links: Express
  • Our Rainbow History – Years of Progress
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Tick Programme Manager Hits Back at Criticism
    Links: Express
  • Storytelling in its Truest Form: Auckland Live’s Cabaret Season
    Links: Express

Tue 5 Jun 2018

  • Baker In spotlight after court win in gay wedding cake case
    LAKEWOOD, Colo...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Justices side with US baker over same-sex wedding cake refusal
    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ricardo Simich: Travelling under a rainbow flag
    The world's not one big, inclusive dance party, writes Ricardo Simich...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Top US court backs baker's gay cake snub
    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple...
    Links: RNZ
  • US baker allowed to refuse to make gay couple's wedding cake
    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to custom make a wedding cake for a gay couple...
    Links: RNZ

Sun 5 Jun 2016

  • Queer Leader Honoured With QB Award
    Links: Express

Fri 5 Jun 2015

  • Applications For Rainbow Advisory Panel Members Now Open
    Links: Express
  • Ireland Will Now Accept Trans People’s Own Declaration of Their Gender
    Links: Express
  • Marriage Equality Reaches Guam
    Links: Express
  • Opinion: All Trans Lives Matter
    Links: Express
  • South Korea Bans Pride March to Appease Christian Protests
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Trans Woman Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison For Stabbing...
    Links: Express
  • Trans woman jailed for stabbing stalker
    A transgender Wellington woman has been sentenced to 21 months jail for stabbing a man who had stalked and threatened her...

Thu 5 Jun 2014

  • Auckland Council Wants Rainbow Pictures
    Links: Express
  • GABA June Mixer – Empire Tavern
    Links: Express
  • Pink T Shirt Day – Out At AUT University
    Links: Express
  • TAMS – Darwin Outgames 2014
    Links: Express
  • Threat made against Carmen's headstone
    As final preparations are made for this weekend's unveiling of a headstone on trans icon Carmen Rupe's grave a threat has been made that it will be removed and replaced by a group unhappy at the way her affairs have been handled...

Wed 5 Jun 2013

  • Gosnell jailed for 18 years for teen's murder
    Gavin Gosnell Gavin Gosnell has been jailed for 18 years for the murder and dismemberment of gay teenager Hayden Miles...

Tue 5 Jun 2012

  • Meet: Joey Macdonald
    New chair of Auckland-based transgender support and advocacy service Genderbridge Joey Macdonald is bursting with energy and enthusiasm for the new role...

Sun 5 Jun 2011

  • Dykes on Mics marking one year anniversary
    Musician Jodi Pringle is a regular Dykes on Mics performer Auckland's Dyke on Mics will tonight celebrate a year of bringing a diverse range of women to the stage...

Sat 5 Jun 2010

  • Obama extends same-sex partner benefits
    US President Barack Obama has extended a wider range of benefits to the same-sex partners of eligible federal workers...

Fri 5 Jun 2009

  • Review: Cindy and Eric Go To Hell
    On now at the Maidment Theatre's Musgrove Studio in Auckland: Cindy, Eric and their friend Hans get horribly killed in a car crash… then the fun begins! Todd Emerson, Martyn Wood   ...

Thu 5 Jun 2008

  • Review: 'Laramie' - theatre you must, must see
    The cast of The Laramie Project In October 1998, gay 21-year old Matthew Shepard died after being tied to a rural Wyoming fence and savagely beaten because he was a homosexual, a 'lifestyle' many in his home town of Laramie didn't agree with...

Tue 5 Jun 2007

  • Sportswear wet dreams
    The M2 boys are getting their lasers out for another Salvation Dance Party in Auckland...

Mon 5 Jun 2006

  • Television news report: 25th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand)
    TV3 news, ref F93401.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Laramie Project at Waikato Uni
    Review: The Laramie Project University of Waikato Academy A theatre group travels to Laramie, a city in Wyoming...

Sun 5 Jun 2005

  • Poster Boy
    POSTER BOY Dir: Zak Tucker USA, 2004 DVD, 97mins Poster Boy isn't so much a movie as a thinly-disguised party political broadcast, heavy-handed and sloppily constructed, which is a shame given the promising-sounding premise – a gay son of an ultra-conservative US senator campaigning on "family values" is bullied into helping endorse his dad's campaign...

Sat 5 Jun 2004

  • Bishop dreams of gay backlash
    The new head of the Anglican Church in New Zealand is a Maori who blames Europeans for homosexuality amongst his people and fantasises about a future backlash against gays and lesbians...

Thu 5 Jun 2003

  • HIV+ man signs up for 'positive energy cure'
    UK-based New Zealander Warwick Powell, with the approval of his doctor, is exclusively treating his HIV+ condition via an alternative therapy centre which requires meditation in special rooms for up to twelve hours per day, seven days a week...

Wed 5 Jun 1991

  • Television news report: 10th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand)
    Interviewees include Warren Lindberg, Christina Lewis, Gloria Taylor and Eve Van Grafhorst. Holmes, ref F104646.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, CDC (1), CDC (2)

Mon 5 Jun 1989

  • A South Island lesbian conference is held at Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Wed 5 Jun 1985

  • Television news report: gay activists are learning to fight back as gay bashing increases (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP14411.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: gay bashings increase (New Zealand)
    Features interviews with Neil Costelloe, Rob Lake and Philip Peek. Eyewitness news, ref F82229.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Kate Leslie remembers Bruce Burnett, co-founder of the AIDS Support Network (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F82228.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: funeral held for Bruce Burnett, pioneering AIDS activist (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP139202.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The media reports self-defense courses for gay men are becoming more popular (New Zealand)
    This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform Bill moves through Parliament.

Fri 5 Jun 1981

  • CDC reports five previously young, healthy gay men in Los Angeles having PCP (United States of America)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report later is acknowledged as the first published scientific account of what would become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
    Links: CDC (1), CDC (2)

Mon 5 Jun 1972

  • A Gay Open Day is held in Albert Park (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The rally is organised by Gay Liberation Front Auckland and takes place on Queen's Birthday Monday
    Links: Craccum

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