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Thursday 29 September 2016


 My Life Before Law Reform: Michael Stevens
Posted in: True Stories  10th June 2016
I was a very active criminal in this country up until the age of 25, when Homosexual Law Reform passed... being a criminal simply for whom we loved or lusted after had a major effect.


 In response to Peter Wells
Posted in: True Stories  31st May 2016
I read Peter Wells' piece on his memories of pre-law reform days with great interest but without recognising my own experience.


 Pillow Talk
Posted in: True Stories  7th April 2016
"I’m getting old, this country has changed and in this instance, for the better. The fight for gay rights that I was part of in the old days has resulted in some completely unexpected developments."


 Owning the narrative
Posted in: True Stories  15th March 2016
Shortland Street have cast a young trans guy to play a trans character in the series and have brought in a consultant from the trans community to assist with the storyline.


 My queer Airbnb affair
Posted in: True Stories  26th February 2016
They message me after browsing through various profiles in the area, looking for the best the fit for their particular needs. I check out their pictures, guessing what they are like in real life and decide if I want to accept their offer.


 Securing the right to adopt
Posted in: True Stories  23rd December 2015
Meet the Scottish born lawyer whose groundbreaking case has secured the right for same-sex de facto couples in New Zealand to jointly adopt.


 Becoming mums: Ramblings of the sleep-deprived
Posted in: True Stories  17th November 2015
There is absolutely nothing like the feeling of your newborn baby on your chest. The first time they are placed there you get hit by a bolt of lightning that shocks some entirely new emotion into life.


 Help a songbird soar: Luana Howard
Posted in: True Stories  18th September 2015
Impressive young Kiwi Luana Howard has overcome small town bullying over her sexuality to chase her dream of becoming an opera singer - and would love your help to further her studies in Italy!


 Becoming mums: tips for getting started
Posted in: True Stories  16th September 2015
Donors, legal agreements and doing it ... Jacqui Stanford has been asked lots of questions from other queer and lesbian women since she became pregnant, and shares some tips.


 Becoming mums: A sense of community
Posted in: True Stories  21st June 2015
"Just hearing ‘we’ve been there and done that and are here for you’ is more reassuring than you could imagine," writes Jacqui Stanford.


 The importance of personal histories
Posted in: True Stories  16th May 2015
Renee wants us to write our histories. The Otaki resident is in Auckland for the Writers Festival giving advice on how to get started telling your life story.


 Lee and Sandra just want to get married
Posted in: True Stories  4th May 2015
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help Tasmanian couple Lee Bransden and Sandra Yates get married in New Zealand - Lee has just weeks to live.


 A gay medic’s war diary
Posted in: True Stories  25th April 2015
David Wildey, a young New Zealand medic stationed in the Pacific during the Second World War, kept a diary in which he wrote about a passionate romance with a combat soldier.


 Becoming mums part one: hi baby!
Posted in: True Stories  16th April 2015
"Seeing our baby at an ultrasound for the first time is one of the most astounding experiences of my life so far," writes Jacqui Stanford, who is embarking on the journey of becoming a mum.


 "Your name wasn't approved"
Posted in: True Stories  4th April 2015
Bearded lady Laquisha Redfern has her Facebook account back after being locked out! She wrote about why her drag name is so important.