Will the World Ever Be Ridded of 'Panic defence'?

The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has passed a resolution to protect victims of so called gay and transgender ‘panic’ legal defenses and will take the resolution to the association’s annual meeting in August. The passing of the resolution by the Criminal Justice Section, which supports members of the LGBT community by no longer […]

New Zealand's X-Factor shows extent of homophobia on social media

From wild card leading contestant Scott Fletcher-Mills to judge Daniel Bedingfield, X-Factor participants know the extent of homophobic abuse in New Zealand. Not that they are confronted with it in the street. It’s their Twitter accounts that are bombarded with messages such as: “faggot”, “homo”, and “Ha, gay, kill yaself”. The New Zealand government plans […]

Social change will take time, Olympian says

Gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup has welcomed the passage of the marriage equality law, saying it reflects the fact that New Zealand stands resolutely against discrimination, but points out there is still progress to be made.   The speedskater is a GLBT youth advocate and patron of the QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance) Network Aotearoa. The […]

New Zealand Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

New Zealand’s same-sex marriage legislation has gone through its final stage and the forward thinking nation will now be the 13th state in the world to recognise same sex marriage and the first in the pacific Asia region. Sadly, Australian PM Julia Gillard wasted no time in asserting that NZ’s nextdoor neighbour would not be […]

Green lesbian feminist 'leftie' gives it to them with both barrels in New Zealand

Taking her place in the New Zealand House of Representatives, the NZ parliament’s third out lesbian Jan Logie opened her ‘maiden’ speech by saying “I stand here as a leftie, feminist lesbian.” The 42 year old with a background in social work then went on to assert the endemic nature of gender based violence in the […]