National Library of New Zealand
Harvested by the National Library of New Zealand on: Apr 14 2010 at 9:31:44 GMT
Search boxes and external links may not function. Having trouble viewing this page? Click here
Close Minimize Help
Wayback Machine
GayNZ Logo & Link
Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2009 May

28th May 2009

Australia: Internet Censorship and Frustrated Fundies

Posted by: Craig Young

Across the Tasman, the fundamentalist “Australian Christian Lobby” pressure group is not happy with the Rudd administration, despite the fact that Rudd has prevented repeal of federal anti-SSM legislation, and quashed Australian Capital Territory civil union moves.
In today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Asher Moses explains why. It all centres on the vexed issue of Internet censorship. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

28th May 2009

Fiction: H, A Ghost Story: 1801

Posted by: Craig Young

It’s been a while since I wrote some fiction on this blog, so here’s a ghost story speculating on the alternative life of one of the great characters of English literature…
______
He slept onward, his fury spent, almost crushing himself into me, eager for some display of warmth and intimacy. It’s common enough to relish passion […]

[Read more →]

Tags: General

27th May 2009

White Supremacist Parents in Canada: Definitely Unfit

Posted by: Craig Young

In Manitoba, Canada, that province’s child support agency seized two children from white supremacist parents who were indoctrinating their children.
One social worker reacted with horror when she encountered a seven year old girl who’d had a swastika inked on her arm by her mother, and who spoke blithely about killing people from ethnic minorities. And […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

26th May 2009

New South Wales: Has the ALP Done a Vile Deal With Nile over Adoption Reform?

Posted by: Craig Young

In New South Wales, the state LGBT community is infuriated over reports that Premier Nathan Rees has done a Legislative Council deal with Christian Right activist Fred Nile to take inclusive adoption reform off the agenda, in return for supply and demand security.
Until recently, it was thought that the NSW ALP state government would move […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

26th May 2009

Review: Classified - The History of the Classified Column

Posted by: Craig Young

Review: HG Cocks’ Classified: The History of the Classified Column: Random House: 2009.
What’s a book review about classified newspaper advertisements doing on GayNZ.com?
The answer is that the classified column was one of the ancestors of today’s online hookups. These inconspicuous columns of black type enabled the survival and maintenance of underground communities of interest, including […]

[Read more →]

Tags: General

24th May 2009

Kltpzyxm, or How Conservative Christians Read Gay Texts…

Posted by: Craig Young

When I was a sprog, I read Superman comics voraciously. One of his more annoying foes was Mxyzptlk, a five dimensional imp who messed things up until he was returned to his own world through a simple reversal of his name.
What does this have to do with what happens whenever conservative Christians read gay texts? It […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

24th May 2009

Lost in Time, Lost in Space…and Meaning…

Posted by: Craig Young

Over a decade or so ago, I happened to be idly leafing through Bruce Logan’s Cutting Edge publication when I spotted a particularly demented article from the US Chalcedon Foundation on the subject of deconstruction from one Samuel Blumenfeld.
Deconstruction is that branch of French post-structuralist philosophy which expresses strong scepticism about the existence of fixed […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

23rd May 2009

Canada: Green Light for Medicinal Cannabis “Compassion Clubs?”

Posted by: Craig Young

In British Columbia, Sam Mellace runs a production line of seven kilograms of pot each month to seven weeks, using a custom-built hydroponic facility, for his company, New Age Medical Solutions Inc. He wants his proposed company to act as a private sector provider of medicinal cannabis. At present, several small scale Compassion Clubs grow […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

23rd May 2009

PREP: Some More Cautionary Notes

Posted by: Craig Young

Last week, I did a Health and HIV column report on the issue of PREP (post-exposure prophylaxis) in the main Gaynz.Com section. Courtesy of Canada’s Xtra, there’s a more detailed article on the pitfalls of PREP on their newspage, which I thought I’d summarise here.
First approved for use in Canada in 1996 for healthcare workers […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

23rd May 2009

Ireland: Blasphemy Law Repeal?

Posted by: Craig Young

According to the news sites, Ireland may shortly follow Great Britain and abolish the archaic ‘offence’ of ‘blasphemous libel’ from its statute books and constitution.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has noted that Ireland’s current blasphemy legislation is in violation of international free speech agreements, and while Justice Minister Dermot Ahern is […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion