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GayNZ.com
GayNZ-Logo-9.png
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Screenshot of GayNZ.com as of 2008
Web address http://www.gaynz.com
Slogan In touch 24/7
Commercial? No
Type of site
Online LGBT community lifestyle website
Registration Not required
Available in English
Owner GayNZ.com
Launched 1997
Revenue Advertising (though non-profit)
Current status Online

GayNZ.com is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community news website for New Zealand.[1][2][3]

It posts daily local and international news stories, monitors fundamentalist Christian politics in New Zealand and associated anti-gay pressure groups, reports on political developments related to LGBT New Zealanders, discusses current issues related to HIV/AIDS,[4] holds regular polls on topical LGBT issues, and has previews and reviews of music, theatre, film, television and literature.

GayNZ.com has featured a variety of articles profiling a diverse range of LGBT New Zealanders, including Members of Parliament,[5] people with disabilities,[6] drag queens,[7] Kiwis of various ethnic backgrounds,[8] and local celebrities.[9]

The website also features a selection of blogs,[10] a forum,[11] a national LGBT event guide[12] and a personals section.[13]

Background of LGBT life in New Zealand[edit]

New Zealanders are generally accepting of gays and lesbians,[14] although low level homophobia (such as the use of the word 'gay' as an insult) is still common.[15]

The gay social scene in New Zealand is small by international standards, especially outside Auckland. However, many smaller centres have LGBT organisations and social networks that cater to their community.[16]

The internet is heavily used by gay men in New Zealand to meet others, especially in areas which lack specifically gay venues. GayNZ.com is used as a source of information and current affairs for New Zealand's LGBT population to connect with each other and learn about community issues.

Journalism[edit]

Banks (pictured left), with New Zealand Labour MPs Chris Carter, Lianne Dalziel, Judith Tizard, Maryan Street, former Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard, British Labour MP Ben Bradshaw and others at the 2005 Great Hero Debate in Auckland.

Between 2003 and 2006, the senior writer at GayNZ.com was Christopher Banks.[17] His feature articles focused mainly on social and political issues relevant to the gay community, or debunking religious arguments against homosexuality. Some articles were based around in-depth interviews with political or religious leaders.[18]

Banks' writings for GayNZ.com also included a number of film reviews, two of which caused some upset in the conservative Christian community. His review of the controversial 2002 French film Irréversible was cited by the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards in their attempts to have the film banned by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (New Zealand).[19] His positive review of Kinsey, the 2004 biopic of the American sex researcher, drew the ire of Investigate magazine editor Ian Wishart, prompting a further series of articles by Banks on Alfred Kinsey.[20]

Son of MP's homophobic internet page[edit]

In September 2007, GayNZ.com published an article accusing the teenage son of National Party deputy leader Bill English of posting homophobic abuse on social networking site Bebo.[21] GayNZ.com had unsuccessfully sought comment from English before publishing the story.[22] After the story's publication, National leader John Key criticised the website for dragging a politician's son into public debate, and English sought legal advice about the article.[23] A later complaint by English that The Southland Times had named his son was upheld in 2008, whereas GayNZ.com had not directly identified him.[24]

Brian McFadden's homophobic radio comments[edit]

In August 2008, GayNZ.com drew attention to a number of disparaging remarks about gays and lesbians made by ex-boyband singer Brian McFadden while he co-hosted the morning breakfast show on More FM in Auckland, New Zealand. He stated, "Saying pink is a form of red is the same as saying homosexual is a form of male... In the old days there was no such thing as gay. It was frowned upon. The church would burn you at the stake. Modern day, if you are not gay, a man should not be wearing pink. Unless of course you're in the Americas Cup and you're one of these pansies who walk around with Gant t-shirts with your collars up, and you wear pink and you wear white trousers with those dirty brown slip-on shoes. Then you're just an idiot."[25]

McFadden's comments were reported in news reports, gossip websites and weblogs worldwide, provoking considerable condemnation from the LGBT community.[26] The singer later denied he was homophobic, saying through his publicist that his comments had been "taken out of context".[27]

2009 HIV infection case[edit]

In May 2009, GayNZ.com reported that a 40-year-old HIV+ man living in Auckland had allegedly been deliberately engaging in unsafe sex and had subsequently infected a number of other men.[28] The story resulted in a formal police investigation[29] and charges were laid when four of his male partners laid complaints with police investigators.[30] The case may lead to a law change, after health officials revealed they were informed about the man several months before the police investigation commenced but had not informed the authorities due to "patient confidentiality".[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hitwise Top 10 Online Performance Award 2008
  2. ^ Hitwise Top 10 Online Performance Award 2007
  3. ^ "International Organisations". Stonewall (charity). Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Kiong, Errol (21 May 2005). "Christian porn filter seen as censorship". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  5. ^ GayNZ.com Rainbow Labour MP Louisa Wall
  6. ^ GayNZ.com Cruz's Outstanding Gayness Award goes to... Thane Pullan
  7. ^ GayNZ.com Rhubarb Rouge, Wellington's Next Top Drag Queen
  8. ^ GayNZ.com Happy Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights
  9. ^ GayNZ.com Family's singing star Cindy of Samoa
  10. ^ GayNZ.com Blogger Zone
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ GayNZ.com Events Diary
  13. ^ GayNZ.com - NZ Gay & Lesbian Dating
  14. ^ GayNZ.com Kiwis "relaxed & accepting" – Lonely Planet
  15. ^ GayNZ.com Teachers speak: "Our fears for gay students"
  16. ^ GayNZ.com - Community - New Zealand Venues & Groups
  17. ^ GayNZ.com NZAF appoints new media manager
  18. ^ GayNZ.com Features
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ GayNZ.com Rogue monkeys and mad bisexual scientists – Part 1 of an investigation!
  21. ^ "Anti-gay webpage linked to Nat MP's son". GayNZ.com. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  22. ^ "English calls lawyers over GayNZ story". GayNZ.com. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  23. ^ Espiner, Colin (2007-09-26). "English to see lawyers over gay website's attack on son". The Press. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  24. ^ "Press Council upholds MP's complaint against Times". The Southland Times. 2008-03-06. 
  25. ^ GayNZ.com Ex-Westlife star's Kiwi radio homophobia
  26. ^ Irish Singer Brian McFadden: Straight Men Don't Wear Pink - Towleroad | #gay #news
  27. ^ GayNZ.com Brian McFadden says he's not homophobic
  28. ^ GayNZ.com Police probe gay HIV+ predator claims
  29. ^ GayNZ.com Police launch formal 'predator' investigation
  30. ^ GayNZ.com Alleged 'HIV predator' remanded in custody
  31. ^ GayNZ.com 'HIV predator' case may mean law change

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