Media ID 0503-A
Bigot Busters rally (21 May 1985) at Wellington Town Hall attended by 1400 people
Alison Laurie, Lloyd Scott, Normal Jones, unidentified speakers
Refer also to 0503-B
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Big Busters rally introduced by Lloyd Scott – Wellington Town Hall (21 May 1985)
Lloyd Scott – good evening folks.. a night to be proud of .. pink triangle is bursting with pride.. an evening of celebration.. Chris McDonald – guitarist – was playing before.. There’s a stall at the back selling Bigot Buster T-Shirts.. $25 waged, $20 unwaged.. Lesbian Coalition newspaper advertisement petition .. goes into the paper on Friday..
Scott – Introducing Auckland band Siren [applause]
Maddy Prior - Mother And Child
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
Big Bill Broonzy - Black, Brown, and White Blues
Joni Mitchell – That Song About the Midway
Lesbian Blues (from 1927)
Members - Solitary Confinement
Bob Dylan - Rita May
Lloyd Scott – here’s Normal Jones..
Normal Jones – I want some feedback.. You have lost the battle.. losers.. I am a big boozer.. I am a piss head.. I have brought a petition.. I have got a million signatures.. writers cramp in this hand.. this Bill will never be passed.. I don’t dip my penis into sewerage .. I like to dip it into.. that’s normal because my budgie is a female budgie.. I’m not a religious man.. God is working threw me.. I’m talking about you homos.. you leso’s what do you with each other.. you make me sick.. Sir Robert is not a homo.. there’s a lot of people who weren’t homos.. you’re in the minority .. are you all gay here tonight.. petition envy.. vaginas.. what’s love .. what’s love got to do with it.. love does what you tell it..
Bigot Busters song
Lloyd Scott – wonderful letters to the papers.. some full of hate.. sexual practises will become rampant in schools.. boys with no sexual partners will turn to girls..
Alison Laurie – this is a much nicer gathering than the last time I was in the Town Hall.. at least the first 20 rows aren’t full of Christians..
Laurie – as lesbians we experience at least a double oppression - women and lesbian.. our interest in the Bill is different but of equal importance.. it has been said that no woman is free until every woman is free to choose to be a lesbian.. all women are kept in line with the threat of what happens to lesbians.. any woman who steps outside the proper sex-role of women .. self determination.. a woman’s right to choose .. we live in a system of compulsory heterosexuality..
Laurie - as lesbians we support this Bill.. the aspect of criminalisation must be removed.. Part Two is extremely important – human rights.. Part Two does not go far enough.. so many New Zealand lesbian and gay men live in exile.. Katherine Mansfield for example.. In Norway there are hate-speech laws.. ‘mobbing’ is where groups identify individuals.. it turns into fascism..
Laurie – we have links and connections with others who suffer oppressions.. all of those oppressions come from the same place – straight, white, middle-class men.. we need to support other oppressed groups.. [continues on 0503-B]