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Thu 17 Dec 2020

  • Air NZ to rehire furloughed crew for trans-Tasman bubble
    Air New Zealand will rehire some of the cabin crew it furloughed at the beginning of the pandemic, as the planned Trans Tasman Travel Bubble raises the prospect of increased international air travel...
    Links: RNZ
  • Below Deck's Izzy Wouters comes out as lesbian
    The Bravo star opened up about her sexuality in a cheeky Instagram post and fans are loving it...
    Links: Stuff
  • Big New Year’s Celebrations Planned for Vinegar Hill Camp Ground
    Links: Express
  • Rainbow Inspiration For The Year Ahead
    Links: Express

Tue 17 Dec 2019

  • Outrage over 'gay Jesus' Netflix film The First Temptation of Christ
    Over 1...
    Links: Stuff
    Links: Express

Mon 17 Dec 2018

  • Transgender healthcare 'inconsistent' - will guidelines help?
    Healthcare professionals have created a new set of guidelines for transgender people in the hope they'll go some way to address what's been called 'gross disparities' in access to treatments around the country...
    Links: RNZ
  • UK school children to be taught 'boys can have periods too'
    School children in the UK will be taught that "all genders" can have periods in new sex education lessons, in a victory for transgender rights campaigners...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 17 Dec 2017

  • 2 couples tie knot in Australia's 1st same-sex weddings
    SYDNEY — Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sat 17 Dec 2016

  • Seasonal Recesses
    Merry Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Summer Solstice or whatever you choose to commemorate at this time of year...

Thu 17 Dec 2015

  • Anika Moa Engaged to TV3 Journalist
    Links: Express
  • Fletcher Building CEO: Rainbow Tick Shows We’re a Diverse and Inclusive...
    Links: Express
  • Malta Set to Ban Conversion Therapy
    Links: Express
  • Satirical church aprroved to perform marriages
    The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now able to perform legal same-sex marriages in New Zealand after the Registrar- general of Marriages officially recognised the church’s beliefs and convictions as being in line with the Marriage Act...

Wed 17 Dec 2014

  • Mardi Gras Releases Statement on Sydney Siege
    Links: Express
  • Outgames Seeks Two New Board Members
    Links: Express
  • Sydney Siege Hero was Gay
    Links: Express
  • Uni to fund trans students' name changes
    Auckland University will cover the costs for transgender students to legally change their names, as a stop gap measure till it can update its admin system so it recognises preferred names only...

Tue 17 Dec 2013

  • This Is Your Life: Peter Taylor (Part 2)
    We hear about Peter Taylor's early years as his sister shares her stories in the second instalment of a fabulous night celebrating the gay Auckland icon...

Mon 17 Dec 2012

  • Wedding Belles: Blindsided
    This isn't me, but I know how she feels...

Sat 17 Dec 2011

  • Shearer pro gay marriage and adoption rights
    David Shearer Labour's new leader is in favour of same-sex marriage and gay couples being given the right to adopt...

Fri 17 Dec 2010

  • Your top 5 GLBT films EVER!

Thu 17 Dec 2009

  • Your guide to gay Christmas etiquette
    Got your Christmas Party invites sorted out? GayNZ...

Wed 17 Dec 2008

  • Joan Rivers in Sydney Mardi Gras line-up
    Sydney Mardi Gras have announced their 2009 Festival line-up, which includes appearances from comedienne Joan Rivers, Scottish actor Alan Cumming and soul-singing diva Roberta Flack...

Mon 17 Dec 2007

  • Wellington's Imerst club "will stay open"
    Speculation is rife in Wellington that the city's only specifically-LGBT nightclub has shut its doors, but Imerst's manager Rhys Hakkens insists it's business as usual...

Sun 17 Dec 2006

  • Her Majesty's Vinegar Hill 2006 Christmas Message
    Just overa week from now it will be "Hello Possums!" as I arrive to what will be an action packed 30th anniversary of queer camping at Vinegar Hill...

Fri 17 Dec 2004

  • Reflections: Kevin and Jonathan, banned in Taihape
    Jonathan responsible for several years of Big Gay Outs, and most recently Queen of the Whole Pacific...

Wed 17 Dec 2003

  • Tim Barnett named politician of the year
    MP Tim Barnett has been named politician of the year by one of New Zealand's most respected political commentators...

Wed 17 Dec 1997

  • The Court of Appeal turns down three lesbian couples' appeal against a High Court ruling against same-sex marriage (New Zealand)

Fri 17 Dec 1982

Wed 17 Dec 1913

  • Poet Rupert Brooke arrives in New Zealand onboard RMS Niagara (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

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