Media ID 0211-A
Gay BC (9 March 1985) – excerpts from Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten, plus notices about Gay Task Force meetings and a recap on the Homosexual Law Reform debate so far
Sound quality – left channel only
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Gay BC theme music, dedicated today to all of the opera queens
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten .. Decca recording in 1968
Billy Budd opera, scene introducing the characters..
Billy Budd the opera
In the 50s death was the conventional fate of gay characters in fiction and music .. Death in Venice..
Reflect on Billy Budd in light of Law Reform.. do we want gays in the army?
Gay BC news read by Phil Parkinson
News flash from New York . Gay Rights Bill has been passed which bans discrimination ..21 votes to 14.. major opponents of the Bill.. Catholic Archdiocese of New York.. one of their advisers John Swan also travelled to New Zealand to advise the Hay / Tait coalition on tactics..
The Gay Task Force is asking for volunteers to man a stall at the Trade Fair, Wellington .. gay switchboard
The House finally got down to considering the Crimes Act Amendment .. Mention of John Banks, Graeme Lee, Merv Wellington .. Parliament costs about $3000 a minute to stage.. we are now at the stage of considering the age of consent.. mentions George Gair, Frank O'Flynn’s amendments for the armed forces..
Quotes from Armed Forces - against homosexuals in the Armed Forces.. AIDS .. homosexuals in the Armed Forces.. When I was doing military drill aged fifteen.. little ritual .. Homosexuals may be encouraged to join the Forces..
Helen Clarke amendment.. to allow Armed Forces to discipline either sex for sexual conduct that will bring discredit to the Armed Forces..
If you’re in Wellington why not come along and watch the circus [Parliament]