Reviewing the sixties: homosexual law reform and the limits of liberalism

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In this article I survey debate about male homosexuality and law reform in Australia during the 1960s. Medical and Church circles were among the first professions to discuss the 'condition' of homosexuality. From here, public discussion widened into a debate over the merits of law reform. I suggest that while a spirit of liberal reform reduced some of the criminal and moral stigma associated with homosexuality, the liberalism of the 1960s could not conceive of homosexuality as a political subjectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-79
Number of pages12
JournalChange: Transformations in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Reviewing the sixties: homosexual law reform and the limits of liberalism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this