TVNZ OneNews source - A petition has been organised for historic gay sex convictions to be wiped from New Zealanders' records, after the Government announced it would consider the move.
Sex between men was illegal until 1986 and punishable by up to seven years in prison, and many in the gay community say that stigma still hangs over them.
Well before he found literary fame as Frank Sargeson, Norris Frank Davey was arrested for having a series of homosexual encounters during the late 1920s.
Sex between men was illegal until the Homosexual Law Reform Bill was passed 29 years ago.
"People like myself and others who were very vocal and very out, if the bill didn't go through we would have been targets," says Des Smith, a gay rights activist.
Mr Smith and his partner John Jolliff have been fighting for gay rights for decades, and now they want the hundreds of gay sex convictions held by New Zealanders to be wiped.
And they're not alone. Wellington man Wiremu Demchick has started a petition.
"It allows for people still living with the public disgrace brought by conviction to live the last years of their life in a better state than before," he says.
A petition has been organised for historic gay sex convictions to be wiped from New Zealanders' records, after the Government announced it would consider the move.
The period New Zealand men have to wait before donating blood after anal or oral sex with another man, has now been dropped from five years to one on Monday 15th December.
The recommendation was made by a team which carried out a review for the New Zealand Blood Service.
The new 12 month stand down period for gay and bisexual men who want to give blood comes into effect Monday 15th December, after being approved by Medsafe.
It means men who haven’t anal or oral sex with another man in a year can donate.
The ban period was dropped from five years to 12 months at the recommendation of team which carried out a review for the New Zealand Blood Service. Full GayNZ article here <<<
Here is a full list of countries that still ban or have probational bans on gay blood donations:
1 year Bans - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand (15th Dec 2014, 5 year ban lifted to 1 year ban), Sweden, United Kingdom (Excludes Northern Ireland).
5 year Bans - Canada
Indefinite Bans - Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Venezuela.
Non Deferral - Chile, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay.
Celebrity Kiwi chef Ross Burden has died unexpectedly from an infection picked up following treatment for cancer.
An obituary in the New Zealand Herald says "after a life of adventure, Ross died peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on 17 July 2014".
The New Zealand Masterchef host and self-taught cook worked for several well-known clients, including Princess Anne and comedian Joan Collins.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a year ago.
He has been described as "a wonderful person" and "funny, charming and brilliant" on memorial page set up on the website Heaven Address.
"You lit up a room when you walked in; you sparkled your way through life and it has been such a pleasure to know you," one tribute says.
Another post reads: "What a huge loss for the world. I'll miss our lunches and fabulous chats, your wicked sense of humor, optimism and massive intellect."
Burden worked as a model early on in his career and was once voted one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. He later came out as gay. - Attitude
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