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Wednesday 14 April 2010


 Designer Jackboots?
Posted in: Comment  30th December 2009
In New Zealand, organised neofascism is politically impotent, but the British National Party may threaten hard-won LGBT gains after the forthcoming elections.


 Diversionary Tactic? Uganda and Its Civil War
Posted in: Comment  23rd December 2009
Is the Museveni regime's Anti-Homosexuality Bill a diversionary tactic to mask its real impotence against Lords Resistance Army insurgents?


 Sex, shame and society
Posted in: Comment  18th December 2009
"Pride involves self-esteem, self-assertion and the active assertion of identity. Shame involves self-negation, self-hatred, closetry and denial."


 Climate Change and LGBT Politics
Posted in: Comment  10th December 2009
"As climate and environmental degradation accelerates, New Zealand's culture, economy and society will be threatened."


 Pragmatists, Activists and Populists
Posted in: Comment  6th December 2009
There are three predominant modes of democratic political engagement- pragmatism, activism and populism. How are they reflected within LGBT politics?


 LGBT Communities, Poverty and Social Policy
Posted in: Comment  29th November 2009
Why is New Zealand's LGBT community so silent when it comes to poverty and homelessness?


 Queensland: State of Unease
Posted in: Comment  23rd November 2009
Has Queensland become too dominant within Australia's federal politics? And if so, what does that mean for LGBT and other human rights?


 Jamaica: Murder on the dancefloor
Posted in: Comment  15th November 2009
What's the social and historical context of Jamaica's anti-gay 'murder music'?


 Old Treachery? William S. Burroughs & the Provocation Defence
Posted in: Comment  10th November 2009
As NZ approaches the final abolition of the provocation defence, disturbing questions arise about a late gay literary icon.


 The case against Citizens Initiated Referenda
Posted in: Comment  5th November 2009
"We are all too aware of the damage that binding so-called citizens referenda have inflicted on same-sex marriage equality in the States."


 Australia: Refugees Need Not Apply
Posted in: Comment  1st November 2009
Australia's draconian refugee and asylum policies affect lesbian/gay refugees and asylum seekers from oppressive countries of origin.


 France: False Universals?
Posted in: Comment  24th October 2009
In France, homosexuality was decriminalised in the early nineteenth century. Why has LGBT progress been so slow? Civil republicanism.


 Hyde v Hyde (1866): The 'Meaning' of 'Marriage'?
Posted in: Comment  18th October 2009
In most British Commonwealth debates over same-sex marriage, Hyde v Hyde (1866) keeps getting hauled out. What did it say?


 Analysing 'Parental' Rightists
Posted in: Comment  12th October 2009
Could the right-wing backlash against banning the physical punishment of children repeat itself in the context of adoption reform?


 Adoption: In whose 'best interests?'
Posted in: Comment  5th October 2009
When it comes to debates over family policy, three principles stand out- the best interests of the child, continuity of care and parenting skills.