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Tuesday 23 December 2014

 Firstblight: "Coming out" wrong
Posted in: Comment  19th December 2014
Seventh Day Adventism is a tiny conservative sect. So why is it picking a fight with the New Zealand LGBT community?

 Deconstructing West City Bible Baptist Church
Posted in: Comment  11th December 2014
"When I read the words 'independent fundamental Baptist' as the church descriptor, I groaned inwardly," writes Craig Young.

 "One area of justice that we have failed to attend to is hate"
Posted in: Features  10th December 2014
Diane Sparkes questions why we are still without any kind of workable law to protect marginalised New Zealanders from hate.

 PLEASE - no threats - no violence - no hate!
Posted in: Features  9th December 2014
Jim Marjoram is calling for cool heads in the response to Logan Robertson: "Despite what we may think about him, he needs love and support, not from his brainwashed followers, but from US!"

 Some of the best responses to Logan Robertson
Posted in: Features  9th December 2014
“And Jesus said to the sinner ‘kill yourself’” – No Bible story ever ... and other responses to the leader of New Zealand's own mini hate church.

 Religious freedom, but at what price?
Posted in: Features, Blogger Zone  8th December 2014
"Since leaving the Exclusive Brethren I’ve come into contact with all sorts of people whose lives have been ruined by their church’s refusal to accept them as a person," writes Craig Hoyle.

 It's over! Select Committee recommends against Manukau Bill
Posted in: Comment  5th December 2014
The Local Government and Environment Committee has scrapped the controversial Manukau City (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill.

 Update: Manukau, moralism and sex work
Posted in: Comment  5th December 2014
Unfortunately, it seems that the anti-sexworker and transphobic Manukau City Council (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill is back in the parliamentary chamber.

 P&R: Historic Offences: Yes, But...
Posted in: Comment  27th November 2014
After assisting the major initiatives of LGBT marriage equality and associated inclusive adoption reform, the Key administration is itself advocating the erasure of pre-eighties historical gay sexual 'offences'. Why, and how should we view this in perspective?

 P&R: Send Them Victorious?
Posted in: Comment  18th November 2014
It's decision time for the Labour leadership contenders, given that the outcome of the current leadership contest will be announced today. What should we make of this?

 United States: It Ain't Necessarily So
Posted in: Comment  7th November 2014
Due to Obama's bungled Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) rollout, the Ebola and ISIS crises, there has been some regrettable backlash against the incumbent US president and his affiliated party.

 Terrorism, Scepticism and Current Events
Posted in: Comment  6th November 2014
How should LGBTI communities respond to the ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria? Should LGBT New Zealanders become actively involved?

 Glasses Half Empty? The Christian Right and the 2014 Election
Posted in: Comment  6th November 2014
Criag Young looks at the Christian Right and its desired outcomes for the Election. He finds on the face of it, they didn't achieve much.

 Marriage Equality: USA!! USA!! USA...???
Posted in: Comment  23rd October 2014
Why has marriage equality become one of the core LGBT issues within the United States, as increasing numbers of US states strike down earlier statutory or constitutional bans against it?

 Rugby, Beer, Rock ‘n’ Roll – Robertson launches leadership bid
Posted in: Features, Blogger Zone  19th October 2014
Craig Hoyle went along to the Labour leadership campaign launch of rugby-loving Wellington grandfather Grant Robertson.