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Wednesday 26 November 2014


 A safer place to call home
Posted in: True Stories  20th November 2014
Now settled in Auckland, Colombian refugee Eliana Rubashkyn says it’s wonderful to be somewhere where she no longer has to be afraid to be herself.


 25 years of RainbowYOUTH: Mathijs Lucassen
Posted in: True Stories  19th November 2014
Mathijs Lucassen first became involved with RainbowYOUTH when he moved to Auckland in the mid-90s. Now he is an executive advisor to its board.


 25 years of RainbowYOUTH: Briana's story
Posted in: True Stories  19th November 2014
As we mark RainbowYOUTH's 25th birthday celebrations, 18-year-old Briana tells us what it was like attending for the first time, and what impact the organisation's had.


 Gabe writes: "Enough is enough"
Posted in: True Stories  13th November 2014
"This GLBTI community where everybody is ‘pro equality and acceptance’ is the ONLY community where I have ever felt judged, hated or bullied."


 Tough Love: Alexander's story
Posted in: True Stories  1st November 2014
"Alexander Lowe" recounts his harrowing personal story of surviving same-sex partner abuse, in an effort to shine a light on an issue he worries is being ignored.


 "I regret that his jaw was broken"
Posted in: True Stories  30th August 2014
Gay Queenstown man Ricardo Edwards tells us he just snapped when he punched a homophobic Australian man in a bar.


 Kelly Ellis: Privilege Lost
Posted in: True Stories  31st July 2014
"Having my genitals talked about, being called a man, having comments made about my teeth and hair so offended me that I avoided reading them until long after I’d been told of it."


 The legacy of Corporal Dougie Hughes
Posted in: True Stories  20th July 2014
Despite being muzzled by a Coroner's order the New Zealand Defence Force indicates it has learned some lessons from the tragic death of a gay soldier.


 Watch: Ian Thorpe - "I'm not straight"
Posted in: True Stories  14th July 2014
Aussie Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe tells Sir Michael Parkinson "I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight. I'm comfortable saying that I'm a gay man."


 Send a Kiwi ref to the Bingham Cup!
Posted in: True Stories  14th May 2014
Ref Jack Cottrell and his whistle would love to be part of the Bingham Cup in Sydney in August. He just needs a little help from the community to get there.


 Abuse of Trust Pt 4: Justice
Posted in: True Stories  11th May 2014
A second sexual assault complainant initiates a chain of events which finally sees Silipa Take called to account for his reprehensible actions.


 Abuse of Trust Pt 3: Victims ignored
Posted in: True Stories  10th May 2014
Following a formal complaint of sexual assault Silipa Take hurriedly resigns, but no-one follows up with his other clients and it emerges NZAF staffers already knew there was a problem.


 Abuse of Trust: Pt 2 - The assaults
Posted in: True Stories  4th May 2014
We take you behind the closed door of counsellor Silipa Take's consulting room where some of the men he sexually assaulted didn't even know that it was happening ...


 Abuse of Trust: Pt 1 - The trap
Posted in: True Stories  3rd May 2014
Ten vulnerable men were sexually assaulted by a sexual health counsellor they thought they could trust. It took over four years for help to arrive and justice to be done.


 Harley's story
Posted in: True Stories  31st March 2014
Zakk's d'Larte's story of overcoming high school nastiness inspired Harley to tell his heart-breaking tale of school-yard bullying.