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Wed 26 Dec 2018

  • Martina Navratilova sparks outrage in row about transgender athletes in women's sport
    Tennis great Martina Navratilova has sparked outrage among the transgender community after saying that people who were born male shouldn't be allowed to compete in women's sport...
    Links: Stuff

Mon 26 Dec 2016

  • George Michael: Last Christmas
    George Michael, the ex Wham singer who went on  to have a decades-long solo career, died this morning New Zealand time...

Sat 26 Dec 2015

  • Wellness Fund healthy despite low WAD donations
    Mark Fisher of Body Positive says the bad weather in Wellington played a factor in this year’s drop in donations for World AIDS Day however the Wellness Fund is looking healthier than in previous years...

Fri 26 Dec 2014

  • Michael Sam Says Other Gay NFL Players Thanked Him
    Links: Express
  • US ending lifetime gay blood donation ban
    The US Food and Drug Administration is to end a lifelong ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood...

Thu 26 Dec 2013

  • Waipuka's sentence appeal dismissed
    Phillip Cottrell The man jailed for the manslaughter of gay Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell has had his appeal against his sentence dismissed...

Wed 26 Dec 2012

  • Christmas sermon from Glynn Cardy
    The other night I talked to a man whose whole face was lit up...

Mon 26 Dec 2011

  • The year in global glbt news
    January David Kato was murdered in Uganda Ugandan gay activist David Kato was battered to death with a hammer in his home, after his name was listed in an anti-gay newspaper with the headline "Hang them!" To add insult, the pastor at Kato's funeral let loose with a homophobic rant, "homosexuality is evil and will be punished by God...

Sat 26 Dec 2009

  • Where to welcome in the New Year 2010
    Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight? Here's your guide to hitting the bars and clubs this New Year's Eve...

Fri 26 Dec 2008

  • Time to party like it's 2009!
    Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight? Here's your guide to hitting the bars and clubs this New Year's Eve...

Sun 26 Dec 2004

  • Maxim - (Where's The) Evidence?
    I spotted the latest issue of Evidence, the Maxim Institute's policy journal, and noticed that they've shifted focus to opposing the Relationships (Statutory Relationships) Bill, now that they've been defeated over the Civil Union Act...

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