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).


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David Hindley

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

Tags: aotearoa new zealand, human rights, media, photography, politics, visual arts...

Published: June 2011

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 Rights Movement

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

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Published: 1979