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Worlds in Collision
Worlds in Collision

Worlds in Collision

The Gay Debate in New Zealand, 1960–1984


336 Pages, 6 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: April 2003

ISBN 9780864734389

Rights: WOR X NZ

Victoria University Press (Apr 2003)

Price: $24.95


A groundbreaking study of gay history in New Zealand, this book explores the period of intense lobbying and opposition leading up to the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986, which decriminalized sexual acts between males. Based on 22 interviews with important participants in the debates as well as extensive archival research, this is a major contribution not only to the international literature on the history of homosexuality but also to the understanding of New Zealand society in the later 20th century.

Author Biography

Laurie Guy, PhD, is a lecturer in church history at Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand, and with the University of Auckland. He has previously worked as a lawyer, a Baptist pastor, and a missionary in Papua New Guinea.