fran wilde

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Frances Helen Wilde


  • 1948

Fran Wilde was a Cabinet minister in the Labour government of the 1980s, and is perhaps best known for her private members bill for homosexual law reform. She left Parliament to become the first female Mayor of Wellington.

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Events In History


Homosexual law reform

  • Homosexual law reform

    The homosexual law reform campaign moved beyond the gay community to wider issues of human rights and discrimination. Extreme viewpoints ensured a lengthy and passionate debate before the Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed in July 1986.

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  • Page 4 - Reforming the lawTo bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Labour MP Fran
  • Many public figures were drawn into groups supporting or opposing law reform. Here reform supporters Sonja Davies (left) and Lloyd Geering (right) talk with the bill's sponsor, MP Fran Wilde, and Bill Logan of the Gay Task Force.