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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 […]

August 15, 2011

Recently in the papers, it was reported that mud and sediment in certain parts of the Pacific, including parts around New Zealand, were surprisingly rich in materials called ‘rare earth minerals.’ Okay, first of all, what is a rare earth mineral? As the name suggests, these materials are chemical elements which are relatively rare on […]

August 15, 2011

In my short and recent career as a comfortable dyke-inclined human being, I am yet to encounter any real social aversion to my girly tendencies. Maybe it’s because lady-loving is the pop culture flavour of the month, maybe it’s because the ‘two chicks’ thing tends to drain the blood from the prejudice-capable areas of the […]

August 15, 2011

Hi. I’m a queer, white, sex-radical feminist, able-bodied, fat, whore. I am 15 months away from getting my second degree. I identify with the gender I was assigned (that is, I am cisgender), I come from a middle class background in a poor rural town. I have experienced mental illness. I am childless, single, an […]

August 15, 2011

The media is a strange beast. It’s art and politics. It’s a reflection and a catalyst. It’s entertainment. It’s invasive and pervasive. It’s for the people, of the people and against the people. So, where on Earth do the gays fit in this crazy mess? Reminisce with me. Remember when, once upon a time, the […]

August 15, 2011

“Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.” So said the philosopher Boethius in 524AD. The words of Boethius formed the thought that ran through the heads of the people that took Stonewall Inn. It was the force behind 1979’s Reclaim the Night march, the passing of the 1986 homosexual […]

August 15, 2011

Gay New Zealanders come in all shapes, sizes, ages and shades of fabulousness. Some are ‘straight acting’ with beer in hand and rugby on the telly; others are camper than Elton John in sequins at a glitter party, and some, like me, are a combination of both. But remember one thing: wherever you are on […]

August 15, 2011

Does man-on-man sex arouse your interest? Do you want to learn more about it? If you answered “yes” to both questions, sit back, grab a condom, and enjoy the ride. First, I’ll say little about masturbation; I’m sure you have sufficient experience in this area. Like all forms of sex, though, it should be fun. […]

August 15, 2011

The legalisation of gay marriage in New York has given momentum to the international debate on same-sex unions. Following euphoric scenes in America with tears, mass engagements and public declarations of love, countries across the world are reassessing their recognition of same-sex partnerships. Is conferring the legal rights of marriage on civil unions the best […]

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