Politics

Petition: Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Petition: Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Sign the Petition now calling for a ban on gay conversion thearpy. Often called gay conversion therapy, it’s illegal in some parts of the world, but not in New Zealand. “Therapy” is being offered to “cure” people who find themselves attracted to the same sex, where their attraction is contrary to their own religious beliefs. […]

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson – Pleased With Response to Folau

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson – Pleased With Response to Folau

Grant Robertson, Sport & Recreation Minister was reported in the NZ Herald as been pleased with the response to Folau’s recent comments. NZ Herald reported him as follows: As a gay man who played rugby at the community level, Robertson was encouraged by the public’s reaction to Instagram comments from Wallabies fullback Israel Folau that […]

Queenstown Rainbow Crossing

Queenstown Rainbow Crossing

The Queenstown Rainbow Crossing has officially opened ahead of Winter Pride in September. The Otago Daily Times reported on the opening noting it was the first crossing in New Zealand just beating out the planned crossing in Wellington. Reporting from ODT notes that last night Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult officially opened Beach St’s new […]

Some Asian LGBT Find Refuge In New Zealand

Some Asian LGBT Find Refuge In New Zealand

The New Herald reported a rise in LGBT refugees coming to New Zealand from Asia. The article focused on individuals from two countries Indonesia, where there has been an increase in homophobic rhetoric by politicians and increasing arrests of LGBT people. The other country discussed was China. The article quoted AUT University Associate Professor Sharyn […]

New Zealand Parliament the first in the world to fly the intersex flag

New Zealand Parliament the first in the world to fly the intersex flag

On 17 May 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia Alongside the rainbow flag are the trans, bi, and intersex flags – the first time the intersex flag has been flown by a national parliament. Usually our flags #OnTheForecourt welcome international visitors, but today we’re flying the #LGBTI flags for the International Day […]

Heroes Rugby Team Response To Israel Folau

Heroes Rugby Team Response To Israel Folau

A statement on behalf of the Heroes Rugby Team regarding the recent comments made by Israel Folau. Israel Folau has been in the press recently due to comments he has made on his social media to his thousands of followers about “Gods plan for homosexuals”. He was asked a direct question and answered according to […]

Violet Tour: LGBTI Rainbow Walk Tour Through Wellington – 6 May 2018

Violet Tour: LGBTI Rainbow Walk Tour Through Wellington – 6 May 2018

Join Walk Tours NZ and Pridenz.com on this 90-minute walk tour of inner city Wellington, New Zealand. Most of the walk is on the flat using accessible public footpaths, although there is a section where we will take the steps down from Parliament to The Terrace and then from The Terrace down steps to Lambton […]

Israel Folau – Can He Enter the Kingdom of God?

Israel Folau – Can He Enter the Kingdom of God?

Israel Folau (a Wallabies rugby star) has been in the news for saying “all gays will go to hell”. The funny thing is of course is that Folau is a very wealthy man managing to buy a small house in Sydney in 2015 for a cool million or 2 which has some interesting implications about […]

Wiping Historical Homosexual Convictions – Application Details

Wiping Historical Homosexual Convictions – Application Details

While consensual sex between men aged 16 and over has been legal in New Zealand since 1986, men with historical homosexual convictions can face ongoing stigma and prejudice. The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Act 2018 came into force on 10 April 2018. It sets up a scheme to expunge (wipe) […]

Law Change Expunging Historical Homosexual Offences Passes With Unanimous Support

Law Change Expunging Historical Homosexual Offences Passes With Unanimous Support

Parliament has changed the law so New Zealand men with historical homosexual convictions can have them wiped from their criminal records. Consensual sex between men aged 16 and over was decriminalised in 1986, but convictions for offences before that time remained on record and could appear in criminal history checks. The bill was introduced in […]

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