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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2010 July

27th July 2010

History: Queens of Ancient Egypt?

Posted by: Craig Young

At present, we probably need LGBT palentologists to provide historical depth to our movement. The earliest known and unambiguous evidence of same-sex relationships dates back to Ancient Egypt, nearly four and a half thousand years ago.
I’m not talking about possibly bisexual Pharoah Akhenaten (c BC 1371-1331) who was a monotheist heretic who tried to suppress the polytheist institutions […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th July 2010

Sectariana!

Posted by: Craig Young

So, what are sectarians and why should one beware of them?
In the Christchurch left of the eighties and nineties, it was usual to encounter Trotskyite drones. Indeed, some of them were responsible for taking over what had previously been the broad left journal Monthly Review and turning it into a narrow sound shell for their […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th July 2010

Traitors to the Cause

Posted by: Craig Young

What is one to do about lesbians and gay men who intentionally set out to obstruct, oppose and shipwreck the collective aspirations of our communities?
I am not talking about closet cases, such as the latest revelations on Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out website about yet another case of exgay homoeroticism, lack of professional supervision and […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th July 2010

Fording A Bridge: De Facto Straight Couples and the Adoption Act 1955

Posted by: Craig Young

Thanks to Rainbow Wellington, I’ve been able to scrutinise the recent High Court decision which may have opened up the Adoption Act 1955 to include straight de facto couples.
This decision, CIV 2010-485-328, runs as follows. The transcript runs for twenty four pages or so and asks whether in the opinion of the presiding High Court […]

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Tags: Politics

22nd July 2010

Middleton Grange: Some Background

Posted by: Craig Young

I wish that I didn’t have to write this, but the actions of a certain malignant Christchurch fundamentalist school have left me no choice.
In a recent Stuff.co.nz article, there was a piece on a gay male netball coach who had been given an unfair dismissal by Middleton Grange, apparently the largest fundamentalist school in the […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

15th July 2010

“Political Correctness” or Populist Cant?

Posted by: Craig Young

Whenever the Christian Right, other social conservatives or fellow travellers get upset with social change, out comes the hackneyed catchphrase “politically correct.”
To be blunt, this is yet another example of related Christian Right or social conservative ‘class warfare.’ It is the product of their inability to develop skilled scientific or medical professionals who could make […]

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Tags: General

12th July 2010

Hadenia?

Posted by: Craig Young

Slightly under thirty years ago, urban liberal and rural conservative New Zealand were engaged in a state of civil war as Muldoon engineered the Springbok Tour in 1981 to grab a poisoned chalice third term. So, what does this have to do with superannuated Andy Haden, whose misogynist drivel about rape and rugby players led […]

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Tags: Politics

9th July 2010

“Curing” Lesbianism (Part II)

Posted by: Craig Young

In an earlier piece, I noted the questions attendant on the use of dexmethasone to ‘treat’ congenital adrenal hypoplasia women, and ominous references to ‘desirable’ gender roles in some medical journal references by the relevant research team. Since the story broke in the Hastings Center Report, Gaynz.Com’s forum page has been running hot with angry […]

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Tags: Politics

9th July 2010

The Perils of Inertia?

Posted by: Craig Young

The Key administration appears to be embracing the non-politics of inertia insofar as inclusive adoption reform is concerned. What might this mean in the long term, though? And what happens when inertia ends?
In Australia, new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has refused to repeal her predecessor’s obdurate commitment to the same-sex marriage ban. Unfortunately, that obstinacy […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

9th July 2010

New Zealand: Liquor Law Reform- The Safe Option?

Posted by: Craig Young

The Key administration appears to be about to legislate on the liquor law reforms recommended by the New Zealand Law Commission. What might this mean for us?
Firstly, what is our own alcohol and drug consumption like?
In October 2007, Frank Pega (Whariki Research Group, Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Massey University) recorded the following […]

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Tags: Politics