Homosexual Law Reform

The Homosexual Law Reform Bill 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 can be found in Gay BC (July 1986) and the Radio Gala retrospective (1990).


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: activism, gay liberation movement, history, human rights, politics, te papa...

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: activism, gay liberation movement, human rights, politics, wellington, welling...

Published: May 1985

David Hindley

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

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

Published: June 2011

Introduction of the Bill

Introduction of the BillFran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill into Parliament. The recorded was made during the Parliamentary...

Tags: aotearoa new zealand, laganz, law, parliament, politics, wellington...

Published: March 1985

Gay BC (12 July 1986)

Gay BC (12 July 1986)This Gay BC radio programme was broadcast a couple of days after the passing of the Homosexual Law...

Tags: activism, gay liberation movement, human rights, media, politics, programme...

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: activism, human rights, law, media, politics, programme...

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, laganz, media, radio, wellington...

Published: 1979

Radio Gala (8 July 1990)

Radio Gala (8 July 1990)This Radio Gala retrospective programme contains a rich collection of material from the 1985/86 period of homosexual law...

Tags: activism, history, law, media, politics, radio...

Published: July 1990

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