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From the early stages of homosexual law reform, successful gay panic murder defences to a ground-breaking yachtsman – Gareth Watkins examines the July dates that have shaped our queer community. 16 July 1925 A report titled Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders was tabled in Parliament. According to Mr Hawkins, Inspector of...
Historian Gareth Watkins revisits significant dates in Aotearoa’s queer history. 11 April 1910 Artist Toss Woollaston was born in Stratford.  He would become one of New Zealand’s most widely known contemporary painters. In 1980 Woollaston published Sage Tea, a lyrical account of his early life. Writer Hugh Young says that...
Historian Gareth Watkins revisits significant dates in Aotearoa’s LGBT+ history. 28 March 1925 The New Zealand Truth newspaper reported that nearly 20 per cent of New Zealand’s prison population consisted of sexual offenders. The paper said that the convictions probably only represented a small proportion of the offences that were actually...

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