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Amanda Kennedy: Still a Fan, Without the Brigade

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One half of Fan Brigade, Amanda Kennedy, is on hiatus from her genius comedy duo. Ahead of her solo material debut at the International...

Neil Thornton: Shame Less!

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Comedian Neil ‘D'Bear’ Thornton presents his guide to cruising, dating and drinking on the gay scene without being a jerk. Some of you should...
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The Invisible Ageing Queen

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Michael Stevens discusses growing older in NZ’s queer community and the feelings of being unheard and unseen that come with it. I am getting older,...
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Does New Zealand Have a Conservative Attitude to Sex?

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With gonorrhoea and syphilis on the rise, Dr Saxton says more needs to be done to address sexual health issues in New Zealand. Dr Peter...

Transitioning: An Unexpected Journey Into Male Privilege

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When Law Student Frankie Wood-Bodley began to transition the last thing he expected to experience was male privilege, but like so many industries, legal...

Why We Need Trans People Telling Trans Stories

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Judy Virago examines the recent controversy surrounding a cis-male actor being cast in a trans role in the NZ production of Things I Know...

Transaction: Perspective on Pride and Police

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Judy Virago gives perspective to the debate that has divided our community. Four years ago, a cock-eyed consort and I were arrested on suspected possession...

“My Experience of Being a Queer Chinese Immigrant in New Zealand”

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China Pride Festival organiser and AUT student Arajoe Xi tells us how ‘colourful’ Aotearoa helped her embrace her inner rainbow.   “在新西兰成为酷儿华裔移民的经历” 有幸参加这次的采访,在这里来分享一下我身为一个中国lgbtq群体在新西兰生活的经历。 首先自我介绍一下,我是Arajoe Xi,今年20岁,正在AUT读视觉传达设计,也同样是一个兼职的平面设计师,我2016年跟随父母来到新西兰,刚来时我上高中,也正在处于自己的性取向探索阶段,所以可以说我的青春期基本上是在新西兰度过的。 其实早在很小的时候就察觉到自己会对同性产生好感,但是我也不确定那是不是真正的爱情。看到这边高中,会有一些和自己同性伴侣骄傲的在学校牵着手,甚至在学校的心里咨询室也会有彩虹旗的标示,这时候的我逐渐开始了解一些国外的一些同性恋文化和历史。 有时候我也会在街上一些商店门口贴有彩虹标示,心里充满感动,有时候由衷的感觉新西兰真的是个很自由很开放的国家啊,在这里人们可以做自己想做的事情,爱自己想爱的人,这与从小到大接触到的中国保守文化很不一样。 关于出柜。我的出柜还算顺利,在高中我已经强烈的感觉到我果然还是喜欢同性的时候,一次偶然的聊天,和我妈妈坦白了这一切,第一次出柜,我哭了,当时喜欢的日本女孩子要回国了,当时的我非常消沉,决定和我妈坦白这一切,她也接受了,但是她还是认为这可能是发生在朋友之间的喜欢。不过这也是不意外的,我的妈妈一直和我无话不谈,就像好朋友那样的相处模式,所以我出柜的顺利还算是在意料之中的。 Be proud of who...

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