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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2008 July

31st July 2008

History: The Man from CAMP (1966-1968)

Posted by: Craig Young

It’s always a pleasure to excavate earlier decades of LGBT history, and this delightful discovery from the gay literary past is no exception.
I first discovered Victor Baris’ The Man from CAMP in Susan Stryker (no relation to either Jeff- I think…), in which she gave the pseudonymous “Don Holliday” rather short shrift. What Stryker didn’t […]

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Tags: General

31st July 2008

New South Wales: A State of Confusion

Posted by: Craig Young

New South Wales is becoming the “New” Queensland, according to one highly article about the Iemma administration’s disgraceful record of incompetence, badly drafted legislation (like the Catholic World Youth Day attacks on free speech, human rights and civil liberties) and any pretence that this allegedly social democratic state government is in any sense “progressive.”
Added to […]

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Tags: Politics

29th July 2008

US: Unitarian Church Shooting Tragedy

Posted by: Craig Young

 Unitarianism tends to be a strongly liberal, decent and humane faith. It is broad in its ambit, and includes secular humanist, religious humanist, pagan and liberal christian currents. It ordained its first gay minister as long ago as 1974, and has been strongly suppportive of LGBT efforts for same-sex marriage.
Sadly, the US Unitarian Universalist religious […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th July 2008

Piety and Sexuality

Posted by: Craig Young

How does one explain the contradictory existence of the conservative Christian gay erotomaniac?
Put simply, in today’s New Zealand, there is an increased prospect of strongly compartmentalised lives for both personal identities within the same person. One can be an open fundamentalist husband and father, or Catholic priest by day, and then resort to gay saunas […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th July 2008

Holy Camp Fires, Batman!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

At the very time that The Dark Knight opens in movie theatres, enter the spectre of the sixties Camp Crusader, his silly Silver Age counterpart. Why does the Camp Crusader haunt the visibly butcher, noir Batman of today?
After the forties, Batman and Robin went slightly tamer. They became more committed to advanced technology when they […]

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Tags: General

27th July 2008

Fiction: Gorgon’s Cry

Posted by: Craig Young

Warning: This is quite graphic, and about spousal violence. If you find such content traumatic, you may not want to read this story.
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I don’t know how long I’ve got. We’re trapped in this enormous baroque palace or chateau from the eighteenth century, in the Czech Republic. It’s a self-contained universe of severe columns, immobile statues, […]

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Tags: General

27th July 2008

New Zealand: Dark Side of the Net

Posted by: Craig Young

Several months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the existence of suicide and anorexia nervosa enablement sites on the Net. Sadly, there has now been a New Zealand case where one depressed young woman ended her life because of a suicide enablement site.
Alethea Gates (27) died in Auckland, in January 2008. Her parents, Neville […]

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Tags: General · Politics

26th July 2008

Catholics for a Free Choice: Humanae Vitae + 40

Posted by: Craig Young

When the Vatican reaffirmed its anti-contraceptive bias within Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1967, it triggered the formation of an escalating wave of principled dissent, as educated laypeople and dissident clergy began to reject Vatican authority on this and related issues of reproductive and sexual ethics.
Founded in 1974 after the US Supreme Court […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

25th July 2008

United Kingdom: Christian Voice- Forgive Us Our Debts…Please…

Posted by: Craig Young

Stephen Green is a particularly nauseating conservative Christian activist infamous throughout the United Kingdom for his outrage at Jerry Springer the Opera, Pride marches, abortion rights, Islam and the use of Scots Gaelic in media presentations (and don’t ask me what that has to do with militant fundamentalism, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue.)
Last week, […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

24th July 2008

Fiction: Decima: Orange-Scented Lifesaver

Posted by: Craig Young

And here’s yet another short story from my Decima series, set in a near futureworld where the world’s human population has been killed off by a devastating plague- to which only the gay gene confers immunity…
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Den Richardson doubled over as the next spasm hit him. He gritted his teeth as the wave of pain coursed […]

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Tags: General