Tag Archive | New Zealand

New Zealand: Nearer to ‘self-identification’ law

New Zealand: Nearer to ‘self-identification’ law

(Reuters) – New Zealand progressed with its plans to make it easier to change a person’s sex on their birth certificate on Wednesday, as legislation moved through parliament with support from all political parties. The self-identification bill was introduced to ensure New Zealand has the best process for transgender, non-binary, and intersex people to formally […]

New Zealand: Bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

New Zealand: Bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

(Reuters) – New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, known as LGBT conversion therapy. The proposed measures were aimed at ending such practices, which do not work, are widely discredited, and cause harm, Justice […]

New Zealand: Govt backs transgender inclusion

New Zealand: Govt backs transgender inclusion

(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Sports Minister Grant Robertson said on Thursday that inclusion should be the starting point for any discussion about the participation of transgender people in the sex class of their choice. Robertson was responding to an open letter from 43 former Olympic champions and athletes calling on the government to widen consultation […]

NZ and Britain ease blood donation rules for gay/bi men

NZ and Britain ease blood donation rules for gay/bi men

New Zealand and Britain became on Monday the latest countries to ease rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, as supply concerns, caused by COVID-19, increase scrutiny of AIDS pandemic-era restrictions that LGBT+ rights advocates say are homophobic. New Zealand’s government cut the celibacy period for gay and bisexual men to give blood, from a […]

New Zealand: First openly gay deputy PM sworn in

New Zealand: First openly gay deputy PM sworn in

(Reuters) – New Zealand swore in its new cabinet on Friday, including five Maori, and its first openly gay deputy prime minister [Grant Robertson], as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government increased its majority with the release of full results of an October17 general election. In separate vote results, New Zealanders narrowly rejected the legalisation of […]

New Zealand, Canada move to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

New Zealand, Canada move to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

New Zealand’s centre-left government pledged on Monday to ban so-called LGBT+ conversion therapy if re-elected later this month as expected, following other countries that have outlawed the discredited practice. In Canada, the government reintroduced a bill last week to criminalise conversion therapy, which is any treatment designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender […]

Film: ‘Savage’ in Irish cinemas 11 Sept. 2020

Film: ‘Savage’ in Irish cinemas 11 Sept. 2020

Wildcard Distribution is delighted to be bringing the debut feature from writer / director, Sam Kelly, ‘Savage’, to Irish cinemas on Friday, 11 September, 2020.    It stars Jake Ryan (Blue World Order; The Great Gatsby; Wolf Creek), John Tui (Solo: A Star Wars Story; Battleship) and Chelsie Preston Crayford (Beyond the Known World;  What […]

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand authorities have added the gender neutral title Mx for voters who do not identify as male or female, seeking to boost LGBT+ participation in next month’s election. Nearly 1,000 people have chosen the gender neutral title since ‘Mx’ was added to voter sign-up forms alongside the existing Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms and ‘other’, […]

Gay rower seeks Olympic success to ‘shine a light’ on injustice

Gay rower seeks Olympic success to ‘shine a light’ on injustice

When New Zealand rower, Emma Twigg, first realised she was gay, she did not plan on being anyone’s role model. But a break from rowing after the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, and the support she received from friends and colleagues when she married her partner earlier […]

New Zealand: Speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

New Zealand: Speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

(Reuters) – As New Zealand lawmakers vigorously debated fuel prices in parliament this week, speaker Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding baby Tūtānekai his bottle. The six-week-old son of Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and his husband, born via a surrogate mother last month, was being cuddled by his father in the debating chamber on […]