Features

13/09/10

Stephen Jackson talks to Scotty and Mal, two of Wellington’s most well-known bar owners and members of the gay community. You guys have been involved in nearly every queer-friendly or gay bar since when, would you say? Mal: Together? Since, uh, 18 years, and prior to that, I was in every gay bar in Wellington [...]

13/09/10

How can you spot a lesbian/bi/bi-curious female? For years, this question has mystified the women-loving women of the world. Before ‘Blue Thursdays’, we tried: a blue star tattoo on the inside wrist, silver rings worn on the thumb or middle fingers, the ankh, labrys, lambda, the colour lavender, rainbows and numerous awful haircuts. Hands up! [...]

13/09/10

Throatwarbler Mangrove Wank wank wankity wank wank wank! I can’t remember a time in my life without masturbation. I wanked innocently as a young girl with no sense of what was ‘wrong’ or ‘right’; guiltily when I was old enough to be affected by society’s ideals of wrong and right; and finally with pride when [...]

13/09/10

A couple of weeks back I had all of my wisdom teeth yanked out, which apparently was reason enough to watch DVDs for a week without being called a lazy bastard. Pretty cool, huh? As I tend to exemplify so many gay stereotypes, there were lots of Cher movies on the cards. This prompted some [...]

13/09/10

Rachael Wright talks to Victoria University law lecturer Dean Knight about civil unions, the Marriage Act, adoption and where New Zealand’s laws leave gay couples. After the Civil Union bill was passed, there was a lot of criticism that it did not go as far as it could have, especially when considering the notable exclusion [...]

13/09/10

Britain’s prison population hit an all-time high earlier this year, prompting the national media to declare the situation a crisis: with 141 people per 100,000 in prison, Britain leads Western Europe with the highest rates of incarceration. New Zealand, by comparison, has an incarceration rate of around 197 people per 100,000, putting us well ahead [...]

13/09/10

The bear scene is one of the most fascinating and complex of the many subsets (or categories, labels, factions, scenes—whatever you want to call them) of the gay community. Priding themselves on being “non-scene”, in the sense that they do not conform to the codes of gayness that have become popularised within mainstream gay culture, [...]

13/09/10

What is a dyke? Well Jimmy, to put it bluntly, rather than a pejorative term for a lesbian, a dyke is in fact an artificially-engineered construction that works to prevent flooding in areas of low-lying land. Usually earthen, these dykes (sometimes referred to as levees, from the French lever, “to raise”) run parallel to the [...]

06/09/10

This year’s Montana World of WearableArt™ Award Shows start in a little over two weeks’ time, but tickets to all 11 events have already sold out. Salient feature writer Elle Hunt finds out just how a promotion for a rural art gallery transformed into an international phenomenon. Everyone loves a success story, and in the [...]