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Craig Young reflects on recent attacks on gay men in Christchurch using the hook-up app Grindr. In Christchurch, a recent trial disclosed that a group of Christchurch teenagers have been using the gay/bi/MSM hookup app Grindr to target gay men. The teenagers used the app to lure local gay male...
Craig Young delves into the government’s removal of the Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum from our schools. In order to critically debate the Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum, it is necessary to delve into its origins and the evidence behind its introduction. There is a reason for this. If there...
Craig Young says The ACT Party needs to abandon its current ruminations about the abolition of the Human Rights Commission. Even if it isn't abolished, nor should its neutrality be compromised. When it came to the Commission, established in 1977 under the Muldoon administration, its abilities and scope were circumscribed....
Craig Young questions our legal system's response to drug and alcohol-fuelled crime and asks whether enough detox and rehab programmes are being funded.   My friend Stan Waipouri (1968-2006) didn't make it to forty. He was murdered by two polydrug users, Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling, who were sentenced to imprisonment...
Craig Young believes we are starting to see the legislative and judicial inclusion of people in non-monogamous relationships in New Zealand.   Content warning: This article describes references to sexual assault.   The Health and Disability Commission has just named a counsellor involved in an unsatisfactory and disrespectful attitude toward a woman in...
'Deviant' was once a term aimed at New Zealand's rainbow communities, Craig Young now sees the same groups aiming it at our homeless and impoverished, and asks 'who's side are you on?'   What does 'deviance' mean in early twenty-first century Aotearoa?   It's been nearly forty years since male homosexuality was decriminalised...
In an election where many voters turned away from the major parties, New Zealand's fringe micro-parties still failed to gain any traction with their anti-vaccine and anti-trans rights platforms. Craig Young hopes this will show wannabe politicians it is time to move away from bashing the trans community.    Well, our...
The Human Rights Act (Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity, or Expression and Variations of Sex Characteristics) Amendment Bill is due for its first parliamentary reading.   It is imperative that this legislation succeeds, given that trans people have only the 'second class' antidiscrimination status of inclusion...

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