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AuthorMatthew Ellison

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April 8, 2013

You may have noticed in the last week that your Facebook feed is full of people changing their profile pictures to one of those red equals signs. Perhaps you were confused at first about what they meant, but a little asking around led to the realisation that they are to show support for marriage equality, […]

March 18, 2013

On Wednesday night I sat in Parliament to watch the Second Reading of Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality Bill. A friend had posted on Facebook earlier that day the rules to a drinking game: “Who wants to play a responsible drinking game for the Marriage Equality reading tonight? Drink every time someone says ‘bisexual’. I guarantee […]

September 17, 2012

There is a double standard in society where if a girl who ‘seems’ straight kisses another girl then that’s hot, but she’s still well up for it.

July 23, 2012

What does it mean to be queer in New Zealand? How do our politicians see us, the non-heterosexual contingent? New Zealand’s political landscape has a long history of avoidance when it comes to ‘the gay’, punctuated with occasional bouts of activity as we struggle to catch up to (marginally) more enlightened countries. We’re a very proud nation, sometimes too much so, and we’re still inordinately proud of our world- beating efforts to recognise women as people by giving them the vote. That was a long time ago though, and we’ve lagged a bit since then.

March 19, 2012

Some queer people describe themselves as ‘straight-acting’.I don’t like it. Now, I see where these people are coming from. Some guys prefer to get with guys who are more masculine, and some prefer more stereotypically gay types, so as a way of describing oneself, it sort of works, but c’mon… straight-acting? The last time I […]

September 19, 2011

What queer column would be complete without a piece on the Lady herself? The homosexual Borg has certainly embraced her as a gay icon and she’s the self-appointed face of the campaign for queer rights worldwide. To see her fighting so hard for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was heartening. She’s singlehandedly changing […]

August 15, 2011

It’s pretty well established that queer people are ‘born this way’, but why is this so? What happens before birth that makes us attracted to different genders? Are there environmental factors that can influence sexuality after birth? Here comes the science you’ve been waiting for! It seems pretty safe to say that if there was […]