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Lobbying for law reform: The campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in NSW

Lobbying for law reform: The campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in NSW

Scholar Talks

Until 1984, sex between men was illegal in New South Wales. This talk explores the activist campaign to change the law.  

head shot of Scholar Dr Scott McKinnon
2 / 2 events in this Scholar Talks series
Tuesday
2 August 2022 11am to 12pm

Price

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Location

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Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

 

In 1984, NSW Premier Neville Wran introduced a private member’s bill to parliament, amending the Crimes Act to decriminalise sex between men over the age of 18. This talk explores the activist campaign that led to this change, placing the work of groups including Gay Rights Lobby and Gay Solidarity Group in the context of a gay community celebrating new-found visibility, while also facing continued discrimination and the emerging threat of HIV/AIDS. 

Dr Scott McKinnon is a Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS), University of Wollongong. He is author of Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of Gay Male Community (Intellect, 2016). Scott was State Library of NSW 2021 Nancy Keesing Fellow. 

 


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