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All cultures have an idea of what physical beauty is. They place value on it, and conversely on what ugly and unattractive are. Deep down how many gay men think they are actually beautiful or good enough? Michael Stevens discusses the freedom he found by finally shaking off society’s...
As URGE Events make a welcome return to Auckland on Saturday 11 June, Michael Stevens looks back to the K Road bar that created a community.  It often seems to me we queers use the word “community” in the hope that by doing so, we create one. We are not...
The answer seems obvious, but as the same names begin to appear on the boards of every queer organization Michael Stevens fears a stale monoculture is taking over, one that fails to celebrate when real change is achieved. Surely those of us who are or have been activists, are working...
Michael Stevens spent years telling himself his HIV status meant finding a husband wasn’t an option, until one sunny February afternoon, Cupid finally drew his bow. Valentine’s Day is one of the most artificial “Give Us Your Money” holidays we have, but it does speak to a very real human...
Michael Stevens reflects on the ever-changing face of Pride in Aotearoa and longs to be able to gather again. Happy Pride! Even though it is muted this year thanks to the pandemic. Instead of physically being in the same space we’re invited to be together online, and what choice did...
Former NZAF Chair Michael Stevens asks why the organisation that used to be at the centre of our community has now sidelined itself to an online presence that has failed to effectively market PrEP. As World AIDS Day approached, I couldn’t help but wonder… Why haven’t I noticed much from...
As LGBT+ specific retirement communities open in London and New York, Michael Stevens says New Zealand needs the same and implores our rainbow MPs, activists and Pride groups to help make this happen. We rightly spend a lot of time and energy worrying about our queer youth, but we need...
Michael Stevens has been watching more gay sex recently, and it didn’t involve an ‘Incognito’ tab or a visit to Pornhub. Mainstream TV shows are depicting gay sex in all its messy glory and while he couldn’t be happier about it, Michael Stevens does have a few tips! Buggery. Sodomy....

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