9 Jul 2020

The Rest Is History: Homosexual law reform

From Lately, 10:35 pm on 9 July 2020

It's time for our regular Thursday look into the past, The Rest Is History. 

On this day in 1986 the Homosexual Law Reform Bill passed in Parliament. The bill was sponsored by then Labour MP Fran Wilde.

To look back at the significance of the bill and the events leading up to it, Karyn speaks with historian and sociologist of gender and identity, Professor Chris Brickell, from Otago University. 

People march in Wellington in support of gay rights and homosexual law reform on 25 May 1985.

People march in Wellington in support of gay rights and homosexual law reform on 25 May 1985. Photo: Evening Post / The Dominion Post Collection / Alexander Turnbull Library

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