Thu Jan 06, 2005
a) Gay Tasmania
A history of gay law reform in Tasmania
This piece was originally written for the Companion to Tasmanian history.On May 1st 1997 Tasmania became the last Australian jurisdiction, and one of the last places in the western world, to decriminalise homosexuality.
This fact taken alone suggests Tasmania came late and reluctantly to gay law reform, that the tide of reform, emanating from global capitals like London and New York in the late 1960s, washed up a generation late on Tasmania’s isolated shores.
But taken as a whole, the 20 year struggle for and against gay law reform in Tasmania leaves us with an entirely different impression of a society anticipating future trends in minority politics rather than echoing events of the past.
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