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Conference to focus on homosexual law reform

Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand

Conference to focus on homosexual law reform in New Zealand

The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand is organising a conference that will spotlight the historical importance of homosexual law reform for New Zealand and its gay and lesbian, transgender, takatāpui and fa’afafine communities. The 20 Years On – Homosexual Law Reform Conference will take place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at the National Library Auditorium, Wellington.

The conference will feature presentations and panel discussions by academics, historians and community members on topics ranging from the 1964 killing of Charles Aberhart in Hagley Park, the early law reform campaigns, the impact of HIV/AIDS, through to recent legislative developments such as the Civil Union Act. Many of the speakers were involved in the campaign for homosexual law reform and represent a wide range of perspectives from young Maori, to activist gays and lesbians, transgender people, and straight people who supported the campaign.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Tim Barnett, MP, will talk about the project for equality since 1986 and the challenges facing our communities in the next 20 years.

Registrations open now
Registrations are being accepted now at www.laganz.org.nz. Fees range from $100 to $54 for the two-day conference, or just $20 to attend Friday’s activities: the opening, keynote speech by Tim Barnett, MP and the wine and cheese that follows.


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