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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2010 April

28th April 2010

Obituary: Lech Kaczynski (1949-2010)

Posted by: Craig Young

Earlier this month, Polish President Lech Kaczynski and ninety two other Polish dignitaries were killed when their aircraft crashed outside Smolensk, in Russia. Why was he such a controversial figure in Polish and international LGBT circles?
As with his twin brother Jaroslaw (Poland’s former Prime Minister), Lech was an activist in the anti-communist independent Polish trade […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th April 2010

The Silence: Why Isn’t the NZ Christian Right Actively Opposing SSM?

Posted by: Craig Young

Why is the New Zealand Christian Right not engaged in active opposition to the eventual recognition of same-sex marriage proper?
According to US Mother Jones journalist Stephanie Mencimer, it may be because of specific local variation in the religious landscape- namely, the fact that the Mormon Church is a leading funder of the main anti-SSM US […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

23rd April 2010

Lesbian… Wrongs…?

Posted by: Craig Young

While I was writing a recent article on shady ‘biographically and incidentally homosexual’ gentlemen, I had a similar think about writing an article on their lesbian counterparts. There’s just one problem- the almost complete lack of corresponding lesbians who have committed destructive, inhumane and antisocial acts.
One might regard this as counter-intuitive, especially given a recent […]

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Tags: Politics

21st April 2010

United Kingdom: Gay Blood Ban, Straight Victims

Posted by: Craig Young

In the United Kingdom, Attitude magazine (and earlier, PinkNews)  made a notable contribution to the ongoing debate about the blanket ban on gay blood donation through publicising the sad story of Dij Bailey (21) and his late mother Christine.
It is important to note that Christine Bailey did not die directly from the gay blood donor […]

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Tags: Politics

21st April 2010

The Prisoner: Not the Only Gay in This Village?

Posted by: Craig Young

Several weeks ago, TV One began screening the remake of Patrick MacGoohan’s iconic abstract television reflection on individual freedom and constrictive community, The Prisoner. And this time, there are gays in the Village!
For those unaware of the backstory,here goes. The Prisoner is Number Six, ostensibly a former British secret agent who resigned his position and […]

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Tags: General

16th April 2010

Canada: Polyamorists Versus Section 293?

Posted by: Craig Young

Canada’s Polyamory Advocacy Association is currently an appellant in a case that is testing the legality or otherwise of Canada’s current Criminal Code anti-polygamy clause (Section 293). The British Columbian Government has brought a constitutional reference to bear after it failed to make charges stick against Bountiful, a fundamentalist schismatic Mormonoid community in that province.  […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

16th April 2010

ORAM: LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Posted by: Craig Young

In the latest DNA, Mark Andrews profiles the work of ORAM (the Organisation for Refuge, Asylum and Migration), which is dedicated to assisting victims of international homophobic and transphobic persecution, violence and homicide escape from their blighted homelands.
ORAM is based in San Francisco. It provides legal counsel for the victims of homophobic and transphobic persecution, […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

16th April 2010

Seeing Green

Posted by: Craig Young

In the United Kingdom, the Green Party of England and Wales looks set to win its first ever constituency electorate seat, Brighton, given GPEW Leader Caroline Lucas’ commanding lead in local opinion polls. In the latest Attitude, Mark Tierney interviewed Lucas and Peter Tatchell, GPEW Human Rights spokesperson.
Unlike New Zealand, British general elections are still […]

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Tags: Politics

12th April 2010

Refusing “Dialogue”

Posted by: Craig Young

In the latest Utne Reader, there are a couple of articles that perplex me somewhat, albeit for different reasons.
In the first, Stephanie Fairyington provided a recent article on ‘choosing’ sexual identity and went on to rehash the whole dreary endless ‘essentialist’/’social constructionist’ debate within LGBT academia over the last twenty years or so. In my […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

8th April 2010

United Kingdom: Homophobic Bullying and Faith Schools

Posted by: Craig Young

Under moderate centre-right governments, religiously-based ‘faith schools’ may be more able to get started, remain operational and attract students- so what about LGBT pupils?
Unfortunately, the faiths in question do not tend to be reasonably inclusive ones like Buddhism or Wicca, and while I would have no problems with Anglicanism or Reform Judaism in this context […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion