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Twenty Years On: Histories of Homosexual Law Reform in New Zealand

The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand | Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa (LAGANZ) is pleased to announce the publication of this eagerly awaited anthology.

  • Order Form - Copies available for $25 from LAGANZ.

Cover of Twenty Years On: Histories of Homosexual Law ReformEdited by Alison J. Laurie and Linda Evans this book contains an impressive collection of articles on homosexual law reform.

Former MP for Christchurch Central Tim Barnett has written a chapter titled “20 years back, 20 years on” and MP Maryan Street’s chapter is titled “Homosexual law reform - the aftermath”.

Social historian Tony Simpson’s chapter, “Looks like it’s open season on queers”, focuses on the Hagley park killing of Charles Aberhart that led many New Zealanders to support homosexual law reform.

An impressive photo essay on the 1985-86 campaign by David Hindley “Shooting from the inside” is featured, along with an overview of the 1985-86 Homosexual Law Reform Campaign by Alison J. Laurie. Phil Parkinson has written an analysis of the role of AIDS and homosexual law reform: “Legitimation through disaster? – AIDS and the Homosexual Law Reform Campaign, 1983-1993”.

Also included are an overview of the coalition supporting reform by Tighe Instone, “The Coalition in Support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill: A Wellington Lesbian’s Point of View”; a chapter on children's views of sexual orientation at the time of reform by Miriam Saphira, “How HUG Helped my Doctoral research”; plus an examination of a recent legislative issue by legal expert Elisabeth McDonald, “Discrimination and trans people: The abandonment of a timely law reform initiative”. Unique chronologies for homosexual law reforms in New Zealand and for the 1985-86 campaign in particular are also a feature of the book.

The book will be jointly launched by Bill Logan and Glenda Gale, activists during the 1985-86 Homosexual Law Reform (HLR) Campaign at a function taking place on Friday 27 March, 5.30 pm at the first floor foyer of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington.


Order Twenty Years On

Twenty Years On: Histories of Homosexual Law Reform in New Zealand is available for $25 plus postage and packaging directly from LAGANZ.

Note: Special offer – if ordering a copy of Twenty Years On we can offer you a copy of our previous book Outlines: Lesbian and gay histories in Aotearoa for $15 (that is both for $40).

To order copies please download and complete the order form and send it with payment.    The form is available in both Word and Adobe PDF formats:

Please send the form and payment to the address below:

Attn: Treasurer
PO Box 11-695

OR you can pay directly into our bank account (details in the order form).

We will send copies as soon as payment has cleared in our bank account.

Last updated: 30/03/09

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