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Mon 21 Dec 2020

  • Elliot Page thanks fans for 'greatest gift' of support after coming out as transgender, shares selfie
    Page praised his fans for their continued "love and support" following his transgender announcement on December 1...
    Links: Stuff
  • Elliot Page thanks fans for their support after coming out as transgender
    The Umbrella Academy and Juno star Elliot Page returned to Instagram weeks after coming out as transgender...
    Links: Stuff

Fri 21 Dec 2018

  • ATEED Confirms Funding Pulled from Auckland’s 2019 “Pride Parade”
    Links: Express
  • Next British Census Will Count LGBT People For First Time
    Links: Express
  • Victory For LGBTI Parents as Israeli Court Rules Gay Parents Must...
    Links: Express

Thu 21 Dec 2017

  • Brazilian transgender player debuts in top volleyball league
    BAURU, Brazil — While playing in men's professional volleyball leagues in Europe, heavy-hitting Brazilian player Tiffany Abreu accumulated dozens of trophies...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Mrs Brown's Boys' 'no gay no show' stance to Russian TV
    Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll has taken a stand for gay rights against Russia...
    Links: Stuff
  • AAF: Love Me As I Am
    Links: Express

Wed 21 Dec 2016

  • Good Tidings to All This Christmas
    Links: Express
  • Lorde Surprises at New York LGBT+ Fundraiser
    Links: Express
  • Cabinet Varnish?
    New Prime Minister Bill English has announced his new Cabinet...

Mon 21 Dec 2015

  • Slovenia Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality
    Links: Express
  • Tasmania to Apologise For Historic Gay Convictions
    Links: Express
  • Same-sex defacto couples secure the right to adopt
    In a groundbreaking adoption case, an Auckland judge has granted all same-sex couples, whether de facto or married, eligibility to be granted joint adoption orders...

Sun 21 Dec 2014

  • Marriage Equality To Go Ahead in Florida
    Links: Express
  • Was The Salvation Army’s Pro Gay PR Campaign Just Spin?
    Links: Express
  • Slam poets coming to Akl Pride Festival
    A special one-off slam poetry night at Auckland Pride Festival will focus on lgbt themes...

Sat 21 Dec 2013

  • Vinegar Hill readying for influx of campers
    Campers are beginning to arrive at the campest campground in the land for the annual Christmas and New Year revelry...

Fri 21 Dec 2012

  • Wedding Belles: Nothing sacred here
    You have to laugh at claims we gays will ruin the “sanctity” of marriage when you see some of the shocking themes, dresses and cakes that have been used in weddings around the world...

Wed 21 Dec 2011

  • Deeply symbolic pounamu accompanied Carmen
    Carmen in the 1960s In a deeply significant gesture a small pounamu stone was placed in the hand of the late Carmen Rupe before her coffin was closed prior to yesterday's funeral...

Tue 21 Dec 2010

  • New Year's Eve Guide!
    New Year's Eve @ Uretiti We can only hope the weather gets better before the 31st so the camp campers can party at Northland's Uretiti beach...

Mon 21 Dec 2009

  • The moments that filled us with pride in 2009
    We asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT events and the moments that gave you pride in the past year...

Fri 21 Dec 2007

  •'s guide to festive fun!
    This time of year always sneaks up on you doesn't it? If you're not sure what's on offer over Christmas...

Thu 21 Dec 2006

  • Viagra and party drugs
    Overseas HIV/AIDS and STI prevention research has shown an increase in polydrug use, possibly related to unsafe sex...

Wed 21 Dec 2005

  • Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor
    Perhaps Maddy simply has nothing interesting to say any longer, and that's why parading around in a pink leotard seems vaguely ridiculous for her now...

Tue 21 Dec 2004

  • United Future wished "a very gay Xmas"
    ACT leader Rodney Hide has wished the po-faced United Future fundies a very gay Christmas...

Sun 21 Dec 2003

  • It's all natural for kokako
    Native New Zealand birds can be gay too, a Landcare Research scientist said this week...

Sat 21 Dec 1991

  • The Dominion Dance is held at the Dominion Hotel (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The dance is organised by Dykes Out Of Debt (DOODS).

Fri 21 Dec 1984

  • Television news report: footage of New Zealand's first AIDS patient (New Zealand)
    The footage appears as part of a year-in-review programme. The man's sister is also interviewed. The footage was first broadcast earlier in 1984. Eyewitness news, ref F60412.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

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