Story: Ideas in New Zealand

March supporting gay law reform

March supporting gay law reform

This woman with her 'gay bitch' dog and her male colleagues with multi-coloured balloons are marching on 24 May 1985 in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Until the passage of the bill, sex acts between men were a punishable offence. The move to end such discrimination followed from the emergence of ideas of personal liberation and group identity, which arose among a younger generation in New Zealand from the late 1960s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/2383/21-F
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Identity politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014