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On This Day: 23rd December

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Fri 23 Dec 2022

  • Bali sex ban: Gay travellers ask people to ‘check their privilege’
    "So many different countries, we just don't go to...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Exclusive: Kita Mean Out of Hospital
    Links: Express
  • Last minute Christmas Gift: Alan is Cumming To New Zealand
    Links: Express

Thu 23 Dec 2021

  • Emmanuel Macron's wife to sue over false claims she is transgender
    The First Lady of France is suing over claims that she was born a man...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Sexuality and relationship app being developed at Canterbury University
    A new app about relationships and sexuality is being developed by the University of Canterbury...
    Links: RNZ
  • Transgender man who gave birth slams nurses who called him 'mum'
    A transgender person has drawn attention to the fact that not all people who give birth are mothers - and he would like medical workers to remember that...
    Links: NZ Herald

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

  • "Great kuia" Beyer to co-MC Ak Pride Gala show
    Georgina Beyer has been announced as a co-MC for the Auckland Pride Festival's opening event, the Gala show on Friday February 10th...
  • 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

  • Academic to give prestigious lecture on LGBTI issues
    A New Zealand academic for the rights of LGBTI people is to become the first New Zealand social work scholar to deliver the Eileen Younghusband Memorial Lecture at next year’s World Social Work Conference...
  • Cruz control?
    Forget Donald Trump for now...
  • First campers arrive at Vinegar Hill
    The first campers have started to arrive at the LGBTI hot spot Vinegar Hill before the festivities kick off...
  • Orphans Christmas planned for Auckland
    An Orphans Christmas has been organised for any LGBTI people based in Auckland who can't spend Christmas with family this year...
  • Securing the right to adopt
    Meet the Scottish born lawyer whose groundbreaking case has secured the right for same-sex de facto couples in New Zealand to jointly adopt...
  • 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

  • Auckland Pride Gala 2014 tickets on sale
    Bears strut their stuff at 2013's Pride Gala Tickets to the opening event of the Auckland Pride Festival, the Pride Gala, are on sale...
  • Opinion sought on Akl Council framework
    Feedback is being sought on a draft 'rainbow' framework for Auckland Council...
  • 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

  • Dot's closure follows lack of daily patronage
    While they are incredibly sad to be closing their beloved bar, two bastions of the gay community are keeping their chins up and sending the venue out with a bang...
  • Media "ruins" Chris Carter's summer holiday
    Chris Carter Chris Carter is blaming the media for ruining his holiday plans, after his trip itinerary was leaked...
  • Obama signs "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal
    President Barack Obama has signed a law ordering the US armed services to allow gay men and women to serve openly...
  • Obama wipes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
    PBS News - 23rd December 2010...

Wed 23 Dec 2009

  • Diversionary Tactic? Uganda and Its Civil War
    Is the Museveni regime's Anti-Homosexuality Bill a diversionary tactic to mask its real impotence against Lords Resistance Army insurgents? Yoweri Museveni - the President of Uganda Granted, the Museveni regime has a damning record itself in terms of unregulated army violence, suppression of human rights, civil liberties and opposition parties...
  • Govt-backed gay bar opens in China
    After a delay of a few weeks following a wave of media interest in the venue which scarred off potential customers, China's partially government-funded gay bar is now officially open...
  • Rugby's Gareth Thomas "courageous" say Kiwis
    Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas's coming out has been warmly welcomed by David Hindley, co-chair of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames planned for Wellington in 2011...
  • 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

  • "Save mankind from homosexuality"
    Saving humanity from homosexual acts is as important as saving the rainforests, suggests Pope Benedict in his Christmas message...
  • Chch: Miss Mole's bar will close in January
    The Garden City will lose its campest drinking spot in late January when Miss Mole closes the doors on her Flamingo Bar for the last time...
  • Maxim Institute: Reviving the Same-Sex Marriage Debate?
    In February 2009, the Maxim Institute has invited one Janet Marshall, from the US Heritage Foundation, to address their acolytes...
  • 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

  • King: 'Gay panic' defence over-used
    New Minister of Justice Annette King looks set to throw her weight behind the proposed abolishment of 'gay panic defence' as a legally sanctioned courtroom tactic...
  • 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)
  • Maryan Street's Merry Christmas Message
    The compliments of the season to everyone! Thanks for your support during the year...
  • 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

  • Choc fishes and Polyfilla at Hero
    New events are continuing to be confirmed for the 2005 Hero Festival, including the bizarre-sounding Chocolate Fish Swim Meet...
  • Mayor Dick's merry Xmas to gays
    Auckland mayor Dick Hubbard has wished the gay and lesbian community a merry Christmas, and expressed a desire to mend bridges in the wake of his shock letter to MPs which claimed gay and lesbian parents were more likely to abuse and murder their children...
  • Polygamy and Commonwealth Law
    During their anti-civil unions campaign, the Christian Right mouthed cliches about the imminent introduction of polygamous marriage laws if our Parliament passed that legislation...
  • 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

Mon 23 Dec 1985

Tue 23 Dec 1902

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

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