Our favourite part of the year is looking back on the people who have shone over the year. To start 2013 on a positive note, we present our New Yearâ€™s Honours.
With the help of a small band of informed advisers we choose a handful of people who have made a difference to their glbti brothers' and sisters' lives. People who have stood out as being exceptional.
(See politicians we have already honoured - and dishonoured - here)
Nigel StuddartFor standing up for our kids and parents
Studdart spoke up- and was promptly dismissed. â€śObviously I feel really upset that Iâ€™ve lost my job, but I couldnâ€™t have done anything else quite honestly. And every time I get another message it really confirms what I did was the right thing to do,â€ť he told us.
Studdartâ€™s future remains in limbo as a hearing on the matter is delayed and delayed. We hope it gets sorted soon, as our glbti kids desperately need teachers like Mr Studdart.
Joan BellinghamFor bravery
While she was finally victorious this year, and received a pittance for what she went through, it was never about the money. She fought and shared her story in the hope it would help others who had faced the same.
We hope Joan has an incredible life from here on in, she deserves it.
Michael BancroftFor caring
Hundreds of quilt panels were made and in recent years were overseen by The Quilt project. When the death rate subsided and quilt making passed into history it was finally left to Michael Bancroft, who also presided over more HIV funerals than he can count, to care for the panels, to arrange their storage, to transport them to events around the country and eventually to negotiate their care in perpetuity by Te Papa.
It's has been a labour of duty and of love. For year after year watching over these delicate and priceless reminders of our HIV dead and ensuring their future we honour Michael Bancroft, the guardian of the memories of our brothers lost to HIV.
Steven KasikoFor his courage and hope
We are glad Steven has come to New Zealand and hope he will be allowed to stay to enjoy the protection, freedom and rights he, and every other GLBT person in the world, deserves.
Our glbti youthFor standing up and speaking out
They are ready to fight for fairness and justice, and seem to be just getting started.
Gresham BradleyFor ushering in Pride to Auckland
Jonathan SmithFor Queening the Whole Universe
QWU creator and powerhouse Jonathan Smith ushered in an era of fabulosity on a truly galactic scale - the likes of which we may never see again.
With all the religion-spouting hatred hurled our way, from churches of all sizes, denominations and cultures itâ€™s refreshing to have church leaders who represent true Christ-like love. Margaret Mayman and Glynn Cardy are two leaders who have consistently stood up for GLBT people and their rights, putting forward concise and poignant arguments against the final bastions of bigotry and hatred.
In public, in open letters and statements, in sermons and in the media they have provided a Christian viewpoint that is embracing, humane and inspirational.
David Clark (posthumously)For courage and conviction
He was punished for it with a stalled career but his congregation and right-thinking Presbyterians and the gay community stood by him. When he died in March we lost a man of warmth, intellect, earthy humour and rare courage.
But even in his death Clark provided a platform for others to continue to call for equality and humanity, and to prick the consciences of those who still fear the consequences of simple decency.