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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 26/09/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights
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As agay am really worried as crime against gays increase On Saturday i happened to read this story that shocked me in the New Zealand Weekend Herald of saturday 24 sept 2011 about the hate campaign being done by some people even here in New Zealand. it scared me and made me to remember about what 's happening in Africa the problems LGBT communities are facing that have resulted into some of them being harassed, killed ,gangraped and arrested. I feel its high time we should comeout blodly condemne these acts in the strongest terms possible and fight for our rights .As everyone is equal and 's entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of his race, colour ,sex

Lindsay Curnow 62 says i didn't find it hard to be gay before this and her partner Juliet Leigh 64 how re victims of ahate campaign in Newzealand This has cost them their business and its forcing them to quit the beach side community that they ve loved and it has caused them to question being openly gay. While they were out , some one tramped around their Mangawhai Heads property armed with afelt- tipped pen and adangerous mix of audacity and homophobia and wrote words "filth" "sluts" "trash" " cars dirt" and dikes" across their
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LGB people have almost achieved legal equality in New Zealand. M/M sex was decriminalised in 1986. Anti-gay discrimination was added to the Human Rights Act in 1993. The exemption from this anti-discrimination law for the public sector was removed in 2000. We have openly LGT officers serving in the police, and LG officers in the army and navy. We don't have adoption rights or full marriage equality but many younger LGB people don't worry about that.

Bullying at school, especially for transgender young people, is still a big problem. New Zealand has high rates of suicide and of child abuse. Many intersex children report being abused and some are still genitally mutilated without their consent. Invisibility of some problems means that there tens to be media focus on problems when something particularly bad happens, like recent arson attacks on an older lesbian couple's business in a rural community. The violence has led to them leaving that community. Police are still investigating the crime, and many straight people in that community are outraged by the crime.

Life in bigger New Zealand cities is fine for most LGB people, and even for TI people who pass. It is legally OK to be transgender and there is some Government work to improve processes and policies relating to transger people at work and in the health services. Police will investigate crimes against transgender people but there are no laws against hate crimes. NZ was the first country in the Pacific to have a transsexual Member of Parliament. There are only limited public funds for gender reassignment treatments so many transgender people save up for private treament. Some MtF women work as prostitutes to pay for treatment. Prostitution is legal for NZ citizens over 18 years but not for international visitors.
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