WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER. . .AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO THE MAINLAND!

Today, 1 May 2017, marks twenty years since homosexual acts were finally decriminalised in Tasmania, through a bill finally passed through their upper house, the notoriously reactionary Legislative Council. During the Nineties, gay activists fought an epic battle for nearly a decade, in order to bring an end to these laws. Sometimes fighting against seemingly impossible odds, they never gave up.
These were the laws, in the Tasmanian Criminal Code, 1924:
122. Any person who –
has sexual intercourse with any person against the order of nature;
has sexual intercourse with an animal;
consents to a male person having sexual intercourse with him or her against the order of nature,
is guilty of a crime
Charge: Unnatural sexual intercourse.
123. Any male person who, whether in public or in private, commits any indecent assault upon, or other at of gross indecency with, another male person, or procures another male person to commit any act of gross indecency with himself or any other male person, is guilty of a crime.
Charge: Indecent practice between male persons.
(Morris 1995, pp6-7)

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