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Wednesday 04 May 2016


 Access to Reassignment Surgery: One Woman's Experience
Posted in: Comment  2nd May 2016


 Reassignment Surgery in New Zealand: A National Scandal
Posted in: Comment  26th April 2016
Although the Special High Cost Treatment Pool is supposed to fund minuscule numbers of reassignment surgeries for New Zealand transpeople, surgeons aren't even doing that.


 Dakota Hemmingson's day in court
Posted in: Comment  22nd April 2016
There has been an important preliminary development in Dakota Hemmingson's anti-transgender employment relations hearing, and the Ministry of Health has put out a document about reassignment surgery.


 History Never Repeats
Posted in: Comment  20th April 2016
More than three years after it was passed in New Zealand, why is Family First still droning on about marriage equality, however selectively?


 Takanini Trouble?
Posted in: Comment  18th April 2016
Bad news. It seems that the ex-gay group Exodus Ministries New Zealand is not as dead as many of us thought.


 The Deregistration Game (Round II)?
Posted in: Comment  14th April 2016


 American (Wrong) Way
Posted in: Comment  11th April 2016
In the United States, several US states have passed either service provider discrimination or anti-transgender legislation recently. Here's a brief summary of the offending states.


 Chile Bans Intersex Surgery
Posted in: Comment  11th April 2016
Since I reported on the recent legislative ban on infantile intersex 'remedial' surgery in Malta last year, there have been some important concurrent and subsequent developments- one in Germany, one in Chile.


 What Went Wrong in Australia?
Posted in: Comment  7th April 2016

What can New Zealand LGBTI community welfare and youth organisations learn from the debacle against Safe Schools in Australia?


 Trans Work Discrimination: Crunch Point?
Posted in: Comment  6th April 2016
Dakota Hemmingson was sacked for disclosing her gender identity at work and is now off to the Employment Relations Authority, but it is uncertain what response she will encounter. Why? Therein lies a tale.


 The Undeclared Baggage of Homophobia 
Posted in: Comment  5th April 2016
One might expect that migrant communities would be self-eradicating homophobia and adopting kiwi attitudes towards LGBT rights. This is unfortunately not the case with tight-knit migrant communities.


 Our Communities: The Surrogacy Dilemma
Posted in: Comment  1st April 2016
Background to our news stories on the NZ gay couple who are stuck in Mexico after having children through surrogacy... and the current NZ legal context awaiting gay men who want to become parents through this avenue.


 The Irrelevance of Baptist Belligerence
Posted in: Comment  24th March 2016
If the latest round of fundamentalist anti-gay literature is indeed predominantly from the Baptist denomination, then what relevance does this have to New Zealand? As it turns out, very little.


 Obituary: Rob Ford: 1969-2016
Posted in: Politics and Religion  23rd March 2016
Toronto's controversial former crack-smoking, alcohol-swilling and antigay mayor, Rob Ford, has just died. Why was this figure such an embarrassment to the Conservative Party of Canada and why was he tolerated for so long before his eventual fall from power?


 The Awkward Brigade?
Posted in: Comment  22nd March 2016