So Now We Are Legal (2009)

Since homosexual law reform in 1986 there have been some major milestones for New Zealand’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) communities. In 1993, the Human Rights Act outlawed discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, and in 2004 the Civil Union Act allowed same-sex couples to gain legal recognition of their relationships.

In 2009 I undertook an oral history project of six interviews with 'everyday' LGBT community members who were aged around twenty-five. They have spent the majority of their lives post law reform and so offer a unique perspective on this era of change.

The project was funded through a 2009 New Zealand Oral History Award from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Each interview was approximately six hours and covered family history and how the interviewee's perception of themselves and society has developed.

The interviews have been fully transcribed and now reside with the Oral History Centre in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

If you would like more information about this project please get in contact.

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