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Saturday 20 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.

 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?

 Past and Prejudice? The Postgay Agenda
Posted in: Comment  16th October 2014
Grant Robertson has been more identified with issues outside the 'traditional' LGBT legislative reform domain. What does the term "postgay" mean in this context? And how does Louisa Wall come into this?

 Comment: 1997 and all that
Posted in: Comment  9th October 2014
LGBT/Tongzhi inhabitants of Hong Kong do seem to be involved in pro-democracy protests in the Chinese "Special Administrative Region". But what are the origins of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and how exactly do LGBT/tongzhi activists fit in?

 Ebola: No time for 'compassion fatigue'
Posted in: Comment  3rd October 2014
Craig Young says we should join other Commonwealth countries in providing medical and humanitarian support for West African nations hit by the Ebola virus.

 Labour's new "Game of Thrones"
Posted in: Comment  29th September 2014
Will Grant Robertson eventually become Labour - and New Zealand's - first out gay Prime Minister, after Labour's worst ever election result? And what about the other contenders?

 Not Our Enemies?
Posted in: Comment  25th September 2014
Why is it that New Zealand LGBT communities tend to have better relationships with Kiwi Muslims than our counterparts elsewhere in the world?