Author — Genevieve Fowler

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Femme-phobia in the queer community.


How to argue for marriage equality—and win.


Queerdoes, gaywads, gender-benders, homos and heteros, may I have your attention… ZOMFG, you guys! It’s Pride Week! We’ve worked really hard to bring you our most jam- packed festival yet, so make sure you check it out. Also, we hope you’re enjoying your Queerlient issue. As always, Jonathan Goode and myself thoroughly enjoyed subediting the excellent, [...]


Barack Obama made history this week, becoming the first US President to openly support same-sex marriage. While the New Zealand headlines certainly reflected the world’s fascination with this game-changing statement, the comment sections told a different story. True to cynical kiwi form, the same concern persisted – ’Why bother? Don’t gays already have civil unions? What [...]


Does the word ‘queer’ sound silly to you? Well, it shouldn’t. Recently, I’ve found myself in all sorts of interesting conversations, having divulged what my new (and awesome) role with VUWSA is this year. ‘Queer, like weird?’ ‘Uh, well, why don’t we have a straight officer?’ ‘Ha! Is that really a thing?’ ‘Do you actually get [...]


Dear First-Years, So, you’re gay. A little bi-curious maybe? Ambisextrous? Homoflexible? Bent? Asexual? Trans? Undecided? Whatever? Meh? All of the above? Well, whoever you are, wherever you’re from and however you identify: welcome. You have come to the right place. As the hub of one of the most culturally vibrant and liberal cities in the [...]


A few years ago, I went through a pretty nasty breakup. It started out civil. A clean split. No hard feelings. We had grown apart. I just didn’t see the world the way he did anymore. Slowly, life resumed normality and I went about it alone. It was okay, at first. Liberating, even. Then the [...]


Another year, another Gaylient. Hello, and happy gay week to all you queerdos and queer-interested folk at Victoria University. This is your Salient. One of the paradoxes we’ve found in guest-editing this edition is that being gay means lots and nothing, all at the same time. We live in a weird and wonderful zeitgeist in [...]


God bless you, Bill Maher, God bless you – despite the fact, of course, that the big guy’s probably not too keen on the idea. You’re generally kind of dick to him. And considering that you don’t think he exists, well, the whole thing’s a little problematic, really. Nevertheless, the sentiment of the statement still [...]