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Gay Rights

Events In History

24 March 1989

RainbowYOUTH was conceived at a Gay and Lesbian Conference held in Auckland on 24 March 1989

9 July 1986

Wellington Central MP Fran Wilde’s private member’s bill, which removed criminal sanctions against consensual male homosexual practices, was passed by 49 votes to 44.

Articles

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. Read the full article

Page 1 - Homosexual law reform in New Zealand

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

Page 2 - Setting the scene

There is a long history of opposition to sexual activity between men and an equally long history of legislation criminalising this

Page 3 - Birth of the gay movement

Social and political groups for homosexuals in New Zealand began with the Dorian Society in the 1960s. Within a decade, sexual and social liberation was in the

Page 4 - Reforming the law

To bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Labour MP Fran

The 'Crimes against Morality' section of the 1893 Criminal Code included punishments of flogging, whipping and hard labour for homosexual acts. These provisions continued until they were removed under the Crimes Act 1961.