Auckland's Good, Bad and Ugly mayors
Posted in: Features 22nd November 2015
The Auckland City mayoralty over the past thirty years has see-sawed backwards and forwards between conservative and liberal, homophobic and pro-glbti equality.
Advance Australia fair
Posted in: Features 19th August 2015
Today marks two years since marriage equality came into effect in New Zealand. Jacqui Stanford writes that Australia has nothing to fear from welcoming a change that is about nothing but love.
Aus marriage Bill introduced to Parliament
Posted in: Features 17th August 2015
"This bill is designed to create an inclusive Australia, not a divided one" - Warren Entsch has presented a marriage equality bill in Australia, as a poll has found 69 per cent of Aussies back same-sex marriage. Yet, it appears clear the Bill won't be going to a vote.
Louisa Wall's speech to Pacific Free & Equal campaign
Posted in: Features 7th August 2015
"We are citizens of our respective countries and we are not criminals," Louisa Wall has told the launch of a Pacific lgbti equality initiative.
"Let them know they are loved"
Posted in: Features 3rd August 2015
â€śThere are a thousand realities about your children that you have no control over. The one you do have control over is to let them know that they are loved by you no matter what,â€ť says visiting American activist-theologian Brian McLaren.
Penny Wong's marriage equality speech
Posted in: Features 29th July 2015
Lesbian Australian Labor Senator Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech on same-sex marriage at the partyâ€™s national conference, saying â€śthere is nothing to fear from equalityâ€ť.
Reaching out to 'Silent Gays'
Posted in: Features 22nd July 2015
Jim Marjoram writes on how he is trying to reach those in our communities who have been hurt by experiences with religion, and create a safe space to reconnect with their spirituality.
Report: Gay asylum seekers living in fear on Manus Island
Posted in: Features 19th July 2015
A new report has raised concerns about the treatment of gay asylum seekers who are being mistreated in Australia's detention centre, and who fear their fate if they are resettled in PNG - where gay sex is illegal.
Family First goes on anti-trans witch hunt
Posted in: Features 30th June 2015
A leading NZ transgender advocate is dismissing a report purporting to offer expertise on gender identity, which anti-lgbti group Family First has commissioned to â€śwarn parents and schoolsâ€ť.
Watch: Shorten introduces Aus marriage bill
Posted in: Features 1st June 2015
Australia's opposition leader has introduced Laborâ€™s Marriage Equality Bill, stating: "On marriage equality, for too long, we in this Parliament have been following, not leading."
Open letter to Jonathan Coleman
Posted in: Features 20th May 2015
Trans woman Diane Sparkes has written to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who she says like every other cisgender person in New Zealand "has never had to walk in our shoes".
Jan Logie: "Nutty" talk causing more harm
Posted in: Features 20th May 2015
Green MP and transgender advocate Jan Logie is disgusted at the Health Minister describing free access to gender reassignment surgery as a â€śnutty ideaâ€ť.
Designing a new flag: the rainbow contenders
Posted in: Features 19th May 2015
Among the more than 1,200 submissions, weâ€™ve found a few budding designers who think we should add a dash of rainbow to our national ensign.
On the cusp of history: Kevin Hague
Posted in: Features 4th May 2015
If his tilt for the Green Party co-leadership is successful, Kevin Hague will become the first ever openly-gay leader of a major NZ political party.
Louisa Wall at #BeingLGBTI in Asia
Posted in: Features 3rd April 2015
Labour MP Louisa Wall at the #BeingLGBTI in Asia Regional Dialogue with the message that â€śall LGBTI people are human beings, so LGBTI rights are human rights.â€ť