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Thu 31 Dec 2020

  • NikkieTutorials on why it's hard for her to talk about her robbery and coming out experience
    YouTuber and makeup artist NikkeTutorials, whose full name is Nikkie de Jager, addressed the conversation around her coming out as transgender as well as getting robbed at gunpoint with her fiancé...
    Links: Stuff

Tue 31 Dec 2019

  • Julianne Hough's husband Brooks Laich wants to "Learn More" about his sexuality in 2020
    Juliane Hough's husband Brooks Laich took to Instagram to share his goals for the upcoming year and one of them is learning more about his sexuality...
    Links: Stuff
  • Margaret Court doubles down controversial attacks to lash transgender athletes
    Tennis great Margaret Court has served up another volley, this time to transgender athletes...
    Links: Stuff
  • Sir Elton John Named in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List
    Links: Express

Mon 31 Dec 2018

  • Big read: 2018 was the year of online hate. Meet the people whose lives it changed
    It cost a school-shooting victim the safety of home...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 31 Dec 2017

  • 'Make America Gay Again' sign greets Pence in Colorado
    ASPEN, Colo...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • LGBT advocates welcome end of 'gay panic' defence in second US state
    When 21-year-old US man Matthew Shepard was punched, pistol-whipped, tied to a fence and left to die in 1998, his killers' attorneys said the attackers were triggered by Shepard making sexual advances toward them...
    Links: Stuff

Sat 31 Dec 2016

  • Looking back: George Michael
    For a comprehensive look back at the late George Michael's amazing career and sometimes controversial life click here...

Thu 31 Dec 2015

  • Website aims to help chemsex users in AKL
    A new website has launched calling for Aucklanders who engage in chemsex to help shape the city’s support and health specific services...

Wed 31 Dec 2014

  • Film review: The Imitation Game
    Links: Express
  • Preserving our Pride
    Links: Express
  • Smith honoured for HIV/AIDs work
    Event director, performer, fundraiser and advocate Jonathan Smith is to be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with HIV/AIDS...

Tue 31 Dec 2013

  • Our biggest stories of 2013
    1 Lesbian couple denied shared bed at lodge In May, we broke the story of a Northland couple who were denied a shared bed at Whangarei’s Pilgrim Planet Lodge by its bible thumping owners...

Mon 31 Dec 2012

  • What's on for NYE?
    It's the biggest night of the year and we have you covered, with our guide to the gayest places to be to see 2013 in...

Sat 31 Dec 2011

  • Weatherman Tamati and Tim have tied the knot
    Tim and Tamati pictured before last year's Pink Flight to Sydney Mardi Greas TV weatherman Tamati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith were married in a Civil Union ceremony in Auckland on Thursday afternoon...

Fri 31 Dec 2010

  • Vinegar Hill glbt camp crowded and relaxed
    Queen Aaron New Zealand's premier glbt camping spot is packed to overflowing and preparing for a party night this evening to usher in the new year...

Thu 31 Dec 2009

  •'s New Year's Honours list
    Every year many people make life better for glbt New Zealanders...

Wed 31 Dec 2008

  • What you picked as the Best of 2008
    We asked our readers to choose their favourite things of the past year, and the results are in! The votes are counted and now it's time to "pass the envelopes please...

Mon 31 Dec 2007

  • Three more gandl folk in New Year Honours

Sun 31 Dec 2006

  • AIDS Foundation research director awarded QSM
    NZ AIDS Foundation Press release 31 December 2005 NZAF welcomes QSM for its Research Director A Queens Service Medal in the New Year Honours List is a fitting recognition of a man whose dedication and work commitment has directly contributed to New Zealand having one of the lowest rates of HIV in its at-risk populations of any country in the world, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation said today...

Sat 31 Dec 2005

  • Vinegar Hill's camp camp gears up
    Around 300 glbt people are expected to have filed in by midnight for New Year's celebrations at the 29th annual Vinegar Hill gay camp near Hunterville...

Fri 31 Dec 2004

  • The sun always shines on Vinegar Hill
    The rest of the country may be suffering under a cloud of wintry darkness, but down at popular gay campsite Vinegar Hill the boys of summer are out to play...

Wed 31 Dec 2003

  • Topp Twins get New Years Honours
    Entertainers Jools and Lynda Topp have made the New Years Honours list, becoming members of the New Zealand Order Of Merit...

Wed 31 Dec 1986

  • Television current affairs: the year in review (New Zealand)
    Lindsay Perigo presents a review of the major news stories - including homosexual law reform and Eve van Grafhorst. News, ref F92032.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 31 Dec 1985

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