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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
Fran Wilde, Alison Laurie and Bill Logan reflect on the campaign for homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s. The audio is supplied courtesy of...
Published: March 2011

30th Anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Act
Audio from the 30th Anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Act event, held in the Grand Hall, Parliament on 6 July 2016. This...
Published: July 2016

Alison Laurie - Bigot Busters rally
Alison Laurie addresses the Bigot Busters rally held at the Wellington Town Hall on 21 May 1985. A detailed log of this recording...
Published: May 1985

Ann-Marie Stapp
Ann-Marie talks about her journey from being a long time member of the Salvation Army and gathering signatures for the anti law-reform petition in...
Published: January 2016

Archives New Zealand
Lenette Breytenbach, a digitisation assistant at Archives New Zealand, talks about what the archive holds relating to homosexual law reform...
Published: March 2021

Bill Logan
Bill talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform. A selection of David Hindley's images to do...
Published: June 2015

Crimes Amendment Bill (1974)
In 1974 Venn Young, National MP for Egmont, introduced the Crimes Amendment Bill. The Bill sought to legalise homosexual activity between consenting adults...
Published: July 1975

David Hindley
David talks about his photography during the period of homosexual law reform (1985/86)...
Published: June 2011

Elizabeth Kerekere
Elizabeth reflects on her early activist years with the Black Women's movement, homosexual law reform, the formation of Tiwhanawhana and the new resource booklet...
Published: December 2015

Flashback
A short video highlighting some of the people and actions during homosexual law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand (1985-1986). Images courtesy of David...
Published: July 2015

Gay BC (12 July 1986)
Gay BC (Broadcasting Collective) was a community radio programme that broadcast weekly on Wellington's Access Radio from 1985 to the 1990s. This programme was...
Published: July 1986

Gay BC (28 June 1986)
This Gay BC radio programme was broadcast on the anniversary of Stonewall, and just before the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (9...
Published: June 1986

Gay Radio (27 June 1982)
This Gay Radio programme is mainly a repeat of a recording made a year earlier during Pride Week 1981 and broadcast on Wellington Access...
Published: June 1982

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

Gay Rights Movement (c.1979)
In this recording from c.1979 Mike Waghorne describes the motivations behind the Gay Rights Movements. A detailed log of the recording is available from...
Published: 1979

Glenda Gale
Glenda talks about the gay liberation movement, homosexual law reform and the support group Breathing Space...
Published: September 2015

HLR30 Aroha Nui
A short video highlighting some of the people and celebrations during homosexual law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand (1985-1986). Images courtesy of David...
Published: June 2016

HLR30 Hands On
Creek talks about HLR30 Hands On - a massage event in April 2016 to show appreciation to the people who fought for homosexual law...
Published: February 2016

Hugh Young
Hugh talks about working with HUG (Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays) during homosexual law reform. This interview was recorded during the community event Queer...
Published: September 2015

Ideas: 25th anniversary
Chris Laidlaw leads a discussion on the 25th anniversary of homosexual law reform. Speakers include former MP Fran Wilde, activist Bill Logan and...
Published: July 2011

Insight 84 - homosexual law reform
Listen to a Radio New Zealand documentary on homosexual law reform, produced in 1984 - a year before the introduction of Fran Wilde's Homosexual...
Published: July 1984

Julie Glamuzina
Julie talks about documenting lesbian political activity pre-homosexual law reform, her involvement in various movements in the 1970s and 1980s and the importance of...
Published: October 2015

Kay Jones
Kay talks about homosexual law reform activities in Auckland and Wellington, challenging inequality and bisexual erasure...
Published: October 2015

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

Linda Evans
Linda talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform...
Published: August 2015

Parliamentary proceedings
Audio from some of the parliamentary proceedings relating to the Homosexual Law Reform Act (1985). The Act was partially passed by the New Zealand...
Published: 1985

Prue Hyman
Prue takes Jac Lynch through a personal archive of newspaper articles, letters and submissions made in support of homosexual law reform...
Published: November 2015

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

Remembering Neil Costelloe
Jayne (sitting by an open fire) remembers her brother Neil Costelloe. Neil was very active in the fight for homosexual law reform in the...
Published: April 2016

Rob Lake
Rob talks about activism during homosexual law reform and early responses to HIV AIDS in Wellington...
Published: November 2015

Shelley Te Waiariki Howard
Shelley talks about being in the military during homosexual law reform, the need to repress and then express her femininity, and the power of...
Published: October 2015

Sian Torrington
Sian talks about the art project We Don't Have To Be The Building which focuses on lesbian, bi-sexual, queer female-bodied, trans*, mana wahine, takataapui...
Published: February 2016

Ted Greensmith-West
In the 30th anniversary year of homosexual law reform, Ted considers three areas that still require attention: legislative change, social acceptance and international diplomacy...
Published: June 2016

The Glamaphones
Audio relating to The Glamaphones concert series that celebrates 30 years of homosexual law reform...
Published: June 2016

Tighe Instone
Tighe talks about being part of various groups that rallied in support of homosexual law reform. A selection of David Hindley's images to do...
Published: June 2015