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Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2008 May

31st May 2008

Potters House and the Tragedy of Richard Watson

Posted by: Craig Young

In the mid-nineties, Hamilton’s Potters House church leader Richard Watson was a figure despised by many of the city’s lesbian and gay community, especially when he screened copies of two imported US anti-gay hate videos, Gay Rights/Special Rights and The Gay Agenda. Last month, the former antigay church minister was killed at a party in […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

31st May 2008

Pot, Off the Boil: When Social Movements Stall, II

Posted by: Craig Young

If there’s one political tragedy that has continued throughout this decade, it has been the question of cannabis law reform - and the ineptitude of the decriminalisation lobby established to fight for it.
It’s not because there’s insufficient evidence that pot’s effect on health is questionable- the decriminalisation lobby does tend to be quite good at […]

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Tags: Politics

31st May 2008

Review: Best Gay Romance (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

Book review: Best Gay Romance 2008. Edited by Richard Labonte (Cleis Press, San Francisco)
I’ve read two of these Cleis Press collections with my partner, and so far, we’ve agreed that there are several characteristics that seperate gay romance from gay erotica. We’ve concluded that one essential attribute is ‘hot monogamy’, usually seems to involve a familiar […]

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Tags: General

30th May 2008

Why We Like (Gay) Zombies

Posted by: Craig Young

Why is there currently an upsurge of interest in the lavender undead? I decided to explore this question, with the assistance of a blog on the general cultural zombie zeitgeist.
Zombies are the least fantasised of humanoid monstrosities. Given the current rationale of an out of control mutant virus designed for nefarious military objectives (during the […]

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Tags: General

30th May 2008

Canada: Safe Injecting Room Debate (Part Two)

Posted by: Craig Young

For those interested in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and IV drug policy, I thought I’d provide some happy news about the Insite safe injecting room facility in Vancouver, British Columbia. As I’ve noted in the comments section on my original blog, the British Columbia Supreme Court has found that under Section 7 of the […]

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Tags: Politics

29th May 2008

Sydney: Rancid Religious Rightists at Rooty Hill

Posted by: Craig Young

At the amusingly named Sydney suburb of (…) “Rooty Hill,” a certain familiar international Christian Right pressure group has just fired one of its gay employees after he came out to the organisation- Youth With A Mission.New Zealanders may recognise YWAM New Zealand as the organisation founded by Kiwi Party leader and secretary Larry Baldock and […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

29th May 2008

Victoria: Victorian Greens Back Death With Dignity Bill

Posted by: Craig Young

At a time when there are new euthanasia cases aplenty on both sides of the Tasman, Victoria’s State Parliament has decided to debate the issue of voluntary euthanasia.  In Australia, it tends to be the Greens who have the running on this issue, given that Peter Singer, the architect of philosophical arguments for animal rights, […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th May 2008

Christians Against Imaginary Creatures…?

Posted by: Craig Young

It’s finally happened. According to Reuters, a killjoy conservative Spanish Catholic Archbishop, Antonio Canizares of Toledo, has expressed umbrage over a zombie procession within his archdiocese.
Canizares told off zombie marchers from the Morborio theatre company, who were re-enacting a medieval Day of the Dead performance, claiming that this was somehow ‘blasphemous’, as it purportedly involved […]

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Tags: Religion

28th May 2008

NZAF Positive Health: Duronavir/Prezista Medical Advice

Posted by: Craig Young

 As part of our continuing coverage of the Duronavir/Prezista protease inhibitor/liver toxicity issue, here’s some feedback from Eamonn Hughes, NZAF’s Positive Health Manager:
 I have been in touch with NAPWA and Tibotec in regards to this, as well as reviewing relevant documentation and contacting the other members of the Treatment Officer Network in Australia.
In a communication […]

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Tags: General

26th May 2008

Filth!!! Mary Whitehouse Returns From the Dead (BBC)

Posted by: Craig Young

Horror of horrors! Can it really be the case that UK Christian Right stalwart Mary Whitehouse (1910-2001)  has returned from the dead, or is this just a BBC play about the life of the dreadful elderly female moralist?
Mary Whitehouse was the inspiration for many another of her ilk across the world- Fred Nile invited her […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion