a) Gay Tasmania
After gay law reform
Euphoria was just one of the things we felt when Tasmania's anti-gay laws were finally repealed
(published in Brother Sister, July 1997)
When I think about the completion of the campaign for gay law reform in Tasmania, I recall my parents' stories about the end of World War Two. They were children in 1945 and their memories are patchy, but the overall impression is one of a great outpouring of happiness and relief, mixed with nostalgia for the past and eager anticipation of the future. The impact of the nine year campaign for gay law reform, like the impact of WWII, demands the writing of books. The campaign has dramatically advanced human rights law, shaped lesbian and gay history and transformed Tasmanian society. But the impact of VH Day - Victory over Hatred - is something that can be dealt with in this small space.
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