Homosexual Law Reform

The Homosexual Law Reform Act was partially passed by the New Zealand Parliament on 9 July 1986 after 16-months of heated nationwide debate. It decriminalized homosexual acts between men and set the scene for later law changes around discrimination and recognition of same-sex partners.

An excellent taste of attitudes and activities during 1985-86 can be found in the Radio Gala retrospective programme.


25th anniversary panel discussion

25th anniversary panel discussionFran Wilde, Alison Laurie and Bill Logan reflect on the campaign for homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s...

Tags: 2010s, activism, gay liberation movement, history, homosexual law reform, huma...

Published: March 2011

Alison Laurie - Bigot Busters rally

Alison Laurie - Bigot Busters rallyAlison Laurie addresses the Bigot Busters rally held at the Wellington Town Hall on 21 May 1985...

Tags: 1980s, activism, gay liberation movement, homosexual law reform, human rights...

Published: May 1985

Ann-Marie Stapp

Ann-Marie StappAnn-Marie talks about her journey from being a long time member of the Salvation Army and gathering signatures...

Tags: 1980s, academics, activism, anti springbok tour protest (1981), gay, lesbian...

Published: January 2016

Bill Logan

Bill LoganBill talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform. A selection...

Tags: 1970s, 1980s, activism, gay, homosexual, lesbian...

Published: June 2015

Crimes Amendment Bill (1974)

Crimes Amendment Bill (1974)In 1974 Venn Young, National MP for Egmont, introduced the Crimes Amendment Bill to legalise homosexuality for those...

Tags: 1970s, blackmail, church, gay, homosexual, lesbian...

Published: July 1975

David Hindley

David HindleyDavid talks about his photography during the period of homosexual law reform (1985/86)...

Tags: 1980s, homosexual law reform, human rights, images online, media, photography...

Published: June 2011

Elizabeth Kerekere

Elizabeth KerekereElizabeth reflects on her early activist years with the Black Women's movement, homosexual law reform, the formation of...

Tags: 1980s, academia, cisgender, femme, gender fluid, takataapui...

Published: December 2015

Flashback

FlashbackA short video highlighting some of the people and actions during homosexual law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand...

Tags: 1980s, homosexual, homosexual law reform, homosexual law reform petition, salv...

Published: July 2015

Gay BC (12 July 1986)

Gay BC (12 July 1986)Gay BC (Broadcasting Collective) was a community radio programme that broadcast weekly on Wellington's Access Radio from 1985...

Tags: 1980s, activism, gay, gay liberation movement, homosexual law reform, transcri...

Published: July 1986

Gay BC (28 June 1986)

Gay BC (28 June 1986)This Gay BC radio programme was broadcast on the anniversary of Stonewall, and just before the passing of...

Tags: 1980s, activism, gay, homosexual law reform, human rights, law...

Published: June 1986

Gay Radio (27 June 1982)

Gay Radio (27 June 1982)This Gay Radio programme is mainly a repeat of a recording made a year earlier during Pride Week...

Tags: activism, gay liberation movement, gay radio, media, radio, wellington...

Published: June 1982

Gay Radio (4 July 1982)

Gay Radio (4 July 1982)This Gay Radio programme contains an interview with Chris about the Gay Community Centre in Wellington. Access...

Tags: activism, gay radio, human rights, media, radio, wellington...

Published: July 1982

Gay Rights Movement

Gay Rights MovementMike Waghorne describes the motivations behind the Gay Rights Movements. This audio was recorded ca 1979, source...

Tags: activism, gay liberation movement, lesbian and gay archives of new zealand (la...

Published: 1979

Glenda Gale

Glenda GaleGlenda talks about the gay liberation movement, homosexual law reform and the support group Breathing Space...

Tags: 1970s, bisexual, gay, homosexual, lesbian, queer...

Published: September 2015

HLR30 Hands On

HLR30 Hands OnCreek talks about HLR30 Hands On - a massage event to show appreciation to the people who fought...

Tags: bisexual, butch, gay, lesbian, queer, trans*...

Published: February 2016

Hugh Young

Hugh YoungHugh talks about working with HUG (Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays) during homosexual law reform. This interview was...

Tags: 2010s, archives, bisexual, chinchilla, closeted, gay...

Published: September 2015

Julie Glamuzina

Julie GlamuzinaJulie talks about documenting lesbian political activity pre-homosexual law reform, her involvement in various movements in the 1970s...

Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, lesbian, queer, transgender...

Published: October 2015

Kay Jones

Kay JonesKay talks about homosexual law reform activities in Auckland and Wellington, challenging inequality and bisexual erasure...

Tags: 1980s, 1990s, bisexual, butch, lesbian, transgender...

Published: October 2015

Lesbian and Gay Fair (1986)

Lesbian and Gay Fair (1986)Images from the first Lesbian and Gay Fair in Wellington. The fair was held at Newtown School...

Tags: 1980s, aotearoa new zealand, homosexual law reform, images online, newtown sch...

Published: 1986

Linda Evans

Linda EvansLinda talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform...

Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, abortion, gay, lesbian...

Published: August 2015

Parliamentary proceedings

Parliamentary proceedingsAudio from some of the parliamentary proceedings relating to the Homosexual Law Reform Act (1985). The Act was...

Published: 1985

Prue Hyman

Prue HymanPrue takes Jac Lynch through a personal archive of newspaper articles, letters and submissions made in support of...

Tags: androgynous, butch femme, intersex, lesbian, queer, transgender...

Published: November 2015

Radio Gala (8 July 1990)

Radio Gala (8 July 1990)This Radio Gala retrospective programme contains a rich collection of audio actuality from the 1985-86 period of homosexual...

Tags: 1990s, activism, history, hiv aids, homosexual law reform, homosexual law refo...

Published: July 1990

Rob Lake

Rob LakeRob talks about activism during homosexual law reform and early responses to HIV AIDS in Wellington...

Tags: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, gay, lesbian, queer...

Published: November 2015

Shelley Te Waiariki Howard

Shelley Te Waiariki HowardShelley talks about being in the military during homosexual law reform, the need to repress and then express...

Tags: butch, femme, gay, heterosexual, non-binary, queer...

Published: October 2015

Sian Torrington

Sian TorringtonSian talks about the art project We Don't Have To Be The Building which focuses on lesbian, bi-sexual...

Tags: bisexual, butch, femme, gay, lesbian, queer...

Published: February 2016

Tighe Instone

Tighe InstoneTighe talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform. A selection...

Tags: 1980s, activism, age of consent, butch, gay, lesbian...

Published: June 2015