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Saturday 10 October 2015

 Comment: Those in Peril on the Land?
Posted in: Comment  8th October 2015
LGBT Syrian refugees face three distinct ordeals- one from the brutal Assad regime in Damascus, one from the ISIS insurgents and another from Hungary's viciously right-wing Fidesz regime if they reach Europe. Let's deal with each in turn.

 P&R: Serco and transgender prisoner safety
Posted in: Comment, Features  5th October 2015
What is Serco, why is it allowed to continue to operate New Zealand prisons despite its lamentable safety record and how does the history of transgender prisoners’ rights fit into this situation?

 Comment: The Turnbull question
Posted in: Comment  1st October 2015
Now that Malcolm Turnbull has won power, what has happened to his social and constitutional liberalism?

 Comment: The End of Canada's Conservatives?
Posted in: Comment  25th September 2015
They've governed Canada since February 2006, but even conservative Canadian media outlines suggest that Canada's centre-right Harper administration is ailing. And religious social conservatives are frightened. Canada goes to the polls onOctober 19.

 Comment: Breaking the Abbott
Posted in: Comment, Features  15th September 2015
And so it ends. Across the Tasman, the governing federal Liberal Party caucus has voted to oust Tony Abbott after a secret ballot and replace him with Malcolm Turnbull.

 Comment: Only 1500?
Posted in: Comment  10th September 2015
With a growing humanitarian crisis in Europe from a wave of Syrian and North African asylum seekers, Craig Young says New Zealand's response is ridiculously inadequate.

 Chinese Autumn?
Posted in: Comment  3rd September 2015
There are signs that the new Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping, wants to reassert the power of the Communist Party of China. But in a ruggedly free market capitalist economy, what does this mean for China's tongzhi (LGBT) population?

 Ontario's sex education wars
Posted in: Comment  30th August 2015
When it comes to what we may encounter further down the LGBT legislative reform, Canada is usually a fairly good indication on most fronts. So, what is the situation with Ontario's new comprehensive sexuality education programme?

 Scotland and the (Dis) United Kingdom
Posted in: Comment  21st August 2015
It may be a 'sleeper' international news item, but according to BBC News, the issue of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is once again back on the front burner. How has Scotland's distinctive identity affected its LGBT inhabitants?

 Advance Australia fair
Posted in: Features  19th August 2015
Today marks two years since marriage equality came into effect in New Zealand. Jacqui Stanford writes that Australia has nothing to fear from welcoming a change that is about nothing but love.

 Aus marriage Bill introduced to Parliament
Posted in: Features  17th August 2015
"This bill is designed to create an inclusive Australia, not a divided one" - Warren Entsch has presented a marriage equality bill in Australia, as a poll has found 69 per cent of Aussies back same-sex marriage. Yet, it appears clear the Bill won't be going to a vote.

 P&R: Tipping Point?
Posted in: Comment  15th August 2015
After sustained coverage of the woes of the Conservative Party over the last month or so, this article focuses on the current activities of Family First.

 Louisa Wall's speech to Pacific Free & Equal campaign
Posted in: Features  7th August 2015
"We are citizens of our respective countries and we are not criminals," Louisa Wall has told the launch of a Pacific lgbti equality initiative.

 Comment: Focus on Transphobia
Posted in: Comment  6th August 2015
Family First anti-transgender 'research report' author Glenn Stanton works for the US Christian Right pressure group Focus on the Family. But what is Focus on the Family and why does it attack the transgender community?

 "Let them know they are loved"
Posted in: Features  3rd August 2015
“There are a thousand realities about your children that you have no control over. The one you do have control over is to let them know that they are loved by you no matter what,” says visiting American activist-theologian Brian McLaren.