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Sat 23 Dec 2017

  • DC appeals court denies stay of transgender military ban
    WASHINGTON — The White House has lost another attempt to put a hold on a requirement that it allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting on Jan...
    Links: NZ Herald

Fri 23 Dec 2016

  • Lesbian web series receives $100k from NZ On Air
    The producers of the lesbian web series Pot Luck have secured $100,000 from NZ On Air’s Digital Fund to allow second season to be created...

Wed 23 Dec 2015

  • US gay blood donation rules now in line with NZ
    Gay men in the US will now be faced with the same rules as New Zealand men when donating blood after the US Food and Drug Administration relaxed a 30 year-old rule...

Tue 23 Dec 2014

  • Ask Agony Aunt Lisa – My BF Hit Me for Wearing...
    Links: Express

Mon 23 Dec 2013

  • The blood donation debate: An international perspective
    LGBT communities don’t agree on everything, so how do we resolve those issues on which there is honest dissent and diversity of opinion? Take the issue of gay male eligibility for blood donor status, for example...

Sun 23 Dec 2012

  • NY crash report finds chopper was too heavy
    (L-R) Paul Nicholson, Sonia Marra, Harriet Nicholson and Helen Tamaki A report into the New York chopper crash which claimed the life of lesbian New Zealander Helen Tamaki has found the helicopter was too heavy to be in the air...

Fri 23 Dec 2011

  • QWU tickets selling fast, creative director warns
    Advance tickets for the final instalment of Queen of the Whole Universe in July are flying out the door and anyone who wants to see the last show is being urged to get their ticket so they don't miss out...

Thu 23 Dec 2010

  • Obama wipes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
    PBS News - 23rd December 2010...

Wed 23 Dec 2009

  • Same-sex couples caught breeding on Dunedin's Otago Peninsula
    Conservation rangers have confirmed that two female royal albatrosses are incubating an egg together on the Otago Peninsula, the world's only mainland breeding colony of these endangered sea birds...

Tue 23 Dec 2008

  • Media7: Discussing Shorty St's gay BJ scene
    On the topic of Morals episode, transmitted back in April, showed two guys in bed together, with one of them ducking under the covers… A viewer complained to the BSA about the scene, which, after some discussion with the show's producer and TVNZ, was upheld as 'indecent' for the show's 7pm timeslot...

Sun 23 Dec 2007

  • Presents and condoms for busy holidays
    Thousands of dollars' worth of gift donations left under the Christmas tree at the NZ AIDS Foundation's national office have now been delivered to HIV positive men and women via Body Positive and Positive Women – and the NZAF has organised staff, volunteers and condom packs for Christmas/New Year events, parties and camps over the next few weeks...

Sat 23 Dec 2006

  • Stanley Waipouri is killed
    (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
  • The War on Christmas
    Seasons greetings to everyone...

Fri 23 Dec 2005

  • Conspiratoria!
    With the apparent demise of the Maxim Institute after Logangate, what might we expect from the Christian Right Old Guard in the future? Conspiracy theorists...

Thu 23 Dec 2004

  • The Tamaki Interview
    Brian Tamaki On National Radio's Nine to Noon programme Linda Clark speaks with the poisonously anti-gay Pastor Brian Tamaki about his Destiny Church, the rewards of ministering to the needy, defensiveness and Harleys...

Mon 23 Dec 2002

  • Garden City gays to celebrate St Valentine's Day
    Christchurch's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered people will celebrate their relationships on a day traditionally reserved for romanticising heterosexual love - St Valentine`s Day - on February 14 next year...

Wed 23 Dec 1998

  • Television news report: fears that patients have come into contact with a worker who is HIV+
    (New Zealand)
    One news, ref: F38793.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Sat 23 Dec 1995

  • The Dyke Ball takes place
    (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Thu 23 Dec 1993

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) comes out publicly
    (New Zealand)
    Carter becomes the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
    Links: Queer History NZ, Wikipedia

Tue 23 Dec 1902

  • Civil libertarian Walter Scott is born
    (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara

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