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By Jacqui Stanford - 29th December 2012

Which were the stories that nabbed the most hits on GayNZ.com in 2012?David Farrier, Maggie Barry, Germaine Greer, Ali Mau and a gay baby Jesus are among the top ten. Find out which the biggest stories of the year were here.

10. TV3 reporter and Am. Cup yachtie's son a couple

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In July TV3 reporter and blogger David Farrier came out as bisexual, and revealed that he was in a relationship with the son of America's Cup yachting hero Russell Coutts.

"I always thought David was cute," Grayson Coutts, a makeup artist, said. ""He made me laugh, then a few months ago he asked me out. We went to a movie full of bloodlust and gratuitous violence. So romantic."

Farrier was the latest in string of mainstream media reporters and celebrities to come out in recent years, others include Rebecca Singh, Darren McDonald, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Tamati Coffey, Alison Mau and Alistair Wilkinson.

9. Barry's trans attack labelled “jaw dropping”

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In October, gardening broadcaster-turned-National MP Maggie Barry attacked lesbian Green MP Jan Logie's advocacy of transgender rights in a debate in Parliament, describing such issues as “fringe”.

Claiming the Green Party rarely spoke in Parliament on environmental issues, she asked “What's your favourite Ms Logie? Ahh … sex change people going into prisons. There's been a lot of talk of these ‘fringe' issues.”

Logie said it showed a level of meanness and ignorance that was “jaw dropping”.

“To reduce my questions about the state's responsibility to protect transgender prisoners from sexual assault to a ‘fringe issue' is just offensive,” she told us.

8. Mills "extremely anxious" prior to his death

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We covered the Coroner's inquest into the death of Glenn Mills, the man accused of purposely infecting a string of sex partners with HIV.

It emerged he was extremely anxious about the publicity surrounding his case, and threats from other inmates, prior to taking his own life in his Auckland prison cell.

Mills was due to appear in court on the day of his death and the inquest heard that during his time in prison he had been “sad and worried”.

An 11 page note was found in his cell, in which he expressed he found prison life challenging, and the public interest in his case to be causing concern and extreme anxiety. Mills also wrote that he found each appearance at court to be particularly stressful due to the public interest.

7. "Gay baby Jesus" billboard makes global waves

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Auckland's St-Matthew's know how to make a statement – and grab a headline in doing it. Our follow up about the reactions to their “time for Jesus to come out” billboard this month was the seventh most-read story this year.

Reverend Clay Nelson said the billboard presented the challenge to think about Jesus as fully human whose growing up would have involved the same range of character possibilities, and even sexuality, as the rest of us.

“Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay,” Nelson said. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?”

6. Germaine Greer glitter-bombed by Queer Avengers

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In March those cheeky Queer Avengers glittered bombed a visiting Germaine Greer in Wellington.

She has a history of outing and denouncing transwomen, even describing them as “ghastly parodies” of womanhood.

“Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century,” said Stacey of the Queer Avengers. “It wasn't okay then and it's not okay now. Women's liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression.”

5. Mr Gay NZ 2012 Andreas Derleth

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In March we profiled Mr Gay NZ winner Andreas Derleth before he went to South Africa to represent New Zealand (and ultimately win the Mr Gay World title!)

He told us all about himself and his amazing partner Tom – his biggest supporter! And of course we included a few pictures of the buff Mr Gay NZ winner!

"I feel proud to be able to represent the GLBT community in New Zealand," Andy told us. "While running for the title I was humbled by the support and comments I received from friends as well as from total strangers on Facebook where the online vote took place."

4. Care worker allegedly dubbed "dirty homosexual"

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In November it was revealed a Napier caregiver was going to the Employment Relationship Authority with his claim his former employer did nothing when a co-worker told his clients he was a "dirty homosexual".

Grant White eventually resigned from Health Care New Zealand in Napier in April, after the damage done to his client relationships became unbearable.

While he is gay, he says he always kept his private life quiet, but after being asked told another staff member he was in a happy relationship with a man.

About six months later he discovered another female co-worker had been telling his clients about his sexuality and relationship, describing him as a "dirty homosexual".

3. Odd Future's claws come out in gay cats shirt

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The story about rap collective Odd Future's “gay cats” t-shirt in January was the third most popular.

It depicted a ginger cat mounting a screeching tabby, with the slogan "two dudes" below it. On the back it reads "Big Gay Out".

The t-shirts were designed by the group's frontman Tyler The Creator, who responded with "New Zealand does not like a nigga," in response to the Big Day Out dropping his act. He has maintained he is not homophobic, saying he uses the word faggot because it "hits and hurts people".

2. Lesbian couple pummels The Rock's contest

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In February, a lesbian couple beat radio station The Rock at its own game, spectacularly ruining its controversial “win a divorce” for Valentine's Day competition.

The prank was to have someone telling their spouse they were ending their marriage, live on air. The winner, a woman named Sam, told the station things hadn’t been good with her husband “Andy”.

When they called “Andy” a woman answered and said "No, this isn't Andy. It wasn't Andy to start with you f***ing idiots," said a woman who then identified herself as Sam's wife, Amber.

"So how does it feel you two - how does it feel like, being on the other end of something?

"We sabotaged you, you dickheads."

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1. Ali Mau and Karleen Edmonds engaged

On the 1st of March we brought you the news that Fair Go host Ali Mau and her partner Karleen Edmonds were engaged.

"We're excited to be taking this next step in our lives together, and want to thank all our family and friends for their unanimously positive reaction to our plans, and for all their unwavering support," the pair said in a statement.


Jacqui Stanford - 29th December 2012

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