Article Title:Rare recordings mark Law Reform anniversary
Category:True Stories
Author or Credit:Gareth Watkins, Radio NZ
Published on:11th June 2006 - 12:00 pm
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Story ID:1293
Text:Radio New Zealand is adding rare audio recordings to its website to mark the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in New Zealand. The rich assortment of audio is drawn from “20 Years Out!” a Radio New Zealand documentary (sourced primarily through the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand) to be broadcast on the 20th Anniversary of the final vote (9 July 2006) Much of the protest and rally actuality was recorded for Access Radio programmes and has never been heard nationally before. These grass-roots recordings give a glimpse into the frontline confrontations that were dividing a country. Comments range from MP Norman Jones' call for homosexuals to “go back into the sewers” to Alison Laurie's “be as gay and lesbian as you can – all of the time”. Juxtaposed with this archival material are personal reflections from a number of gay men who faced personal discrimination during the heated debate: Darren was outed, and then discharged from the military; Shane, a high school teacher, was abused by his pupils because he was gay. The debate quickly moved beyond the gay community, broadening into an issue of human rights, the fight for equality and the struggle against discrimination. Extreme political viewpoints and personal morality assured a lengthy and passionate debate. To listen to these recordings click the link below. Gareth Watkins, Radio NZ - 11th June 2006    
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