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Thu 20 Aug 2020

  • Baseball commentator just kissed his career goodbye with on-air gay slur
    Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air, prompting the team to apologise for the "horrific, homophobic remark...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Homophobic Couple Who Pointed Guns At BLM Protesters To Speak At...
    Links: Express

Tue 20 Aug 2019

  • Extensive supervision order granted to strictly monitor 'high risk' HIV positive recidivist child sex offender
    An Extended Supervision Order has been granted by the court to strictly monitor a repeat child sex offender who threatened to give "many people HIV, HEP C"...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • High-risk child sex offender Laken McKay to be monitored after release from prison
    HIV positive paedophile who assaulted multiple children will be back on the streets next month...
    Links: Stuff
  • High-risk child sex offender to be strictly monitored after September release
    A HIV positive repeat child sex offender will be released from jail next month, but will be heavily monitored by the Department of Corrections for seven years...
    Links: RNZ
  • Australian Police Formally Apologise to Rainbow Community for Historical Prosecution
    Links: Express
  • Yungblud Discusses Being Sexually Fluid And Breaking Gender Norms
    Links: Express

Mon 20 Aug 2018

Sun 20 Aug 2017

  • Montreal Apologises for Historic LGBT+ Raids
    Links: Express
  • Officers Provoke Inmates to Attack Psychologist Reporting LGBT+ Abuse
    Links: Express
  • OUTLine Sees Drastic Increase in Call Volume
    Links: Express

Sat 20 Aug 2016

  • August Drag Wars: Season Two!
    Links: Express
  • Police entrapment of gays in Egypt
    Police entrapment using hook-up apps are just one of the fears gay Egyptians must now face following the reigning in of the relatively trusted army and the resurgence of the hated police...

Thu 20 Aug 2015

  • Auckland Pride Seeks New Parade Director as Richard Taki Declines to...
    Links: Express
  • Tiffany and Co. to Open Store in Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Trans Personality Mary Haddock Staniland to Feature on New Zealand Version...
    Links: Express
  • Watch: The Inspiring Story of Magic Stormers – Uganda’s Transgender Basketball...
    Links: Express
  • Richard Tankersley: Our journey is ongoing
    Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley reflects back on some of our milestones, and looks ahead to what still needs to be achieved...

Wed 20 Aug 2014

  • GABA AGM – Empire Tavern
    Links: Express
  • Meet our GLBT parliamentary candidates: Jan Logie.
    Links: Express
  • Meet our GLBT parliamentary candidates: Robert Moore.
    Links: Express
  • Uganda criminalises HIV transmission
    Uganda President Yoweri Museveni President President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill which introduces fines and prison sentences for the transmission of HIV in Uganda...

Tue 20 Aug 2013

  • Whistleblower journalist's gay partner detained
    David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald The gay partner of the journalist who first interviewed US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has been detained at Heathrow Airport and questioned under the UK's Terrorism Act...

Mon 20 Aug 2012

  • Michigan: Defamed gay student wins compo
    Chris Armstrong The University of Michigan's first openly-gay student body president has been awardedUS$4...

Sat 20 Aug 2011

  • Teacher suspended over Facebook post
    Jerry Buell A Florida teacher has been suspended after he ranted on Facebook that the news gay marriage had been legalised in New York almost made him vomit...

Fri 20 Aug 2010

  • Longtime staff member parts ways with NZAF
    Jenkin (left) was a judge at the recent Mr Urge Leather contest The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's National Campaigns Co-ordinator Douglas Jenkin has has parted ways with the organisation...

Thu 20 Aug 2009

  • Transsexuals win right to be deemed men
    Two Australian female-to-male transsexuals have won the right to be considered men without having to undergo surgery on their reproductive organs...

Wed 20 Aug 2008

  • UK: Lesbian stalker "a danger to women"
    A British lesbian has been sentenced to an indeterminate term in a mental facility after pleading guilty to stalking, threatening to kill and intimidating her former lawyer...

Mon 20 Aug 2007

  • Sir Ian McKellen in Chekov's The Seagull
    Sir Ian McKellen with Richard Goulding The Seagull by Anton Chekov Royal Shakespeare Company of Great Britain Dir: Trevor Nunn ASB Theatre, The Edge, Auckland In its own way, “The Seagull” stands as important a work from the nineteenth century as Shakespeare's “King Lear” from the seventeenth...

Fri 20 Aug 2004

  • Muslim faith taken into account for gay killing
    The homosexual panic defence has again been used to reduce a murder charge to manslaughter, but more disturbingly, the killer's Muslim beliefs were also taken into account in considering his sentence...

Wed 20 Aug 2003

  • NZer opens Belfast's first gay sauna
    New Zealand-born Andre Graham has opened Belfast's first gay sauna, in a move welcomed by police who have since noticed a marked decline in local men cruising in parks and toilets...

Fri 20 Aug 1976

  • Television news report: Gay Pride Week (New Zealand)
    Looks at the Gay Liberation Movement's Gay Pride Week. Tonight, ref: TZP3871.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Bruce Mason on "Courting Blackbird" (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP2031.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Fri 20 Aug 1909

  • Artist Rodney Kennedy is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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