2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the gay liberation movement in New Zealand. It was back in 1972 that the first groups of gay men and women got together to try and decriminalise gay male sex and discrimination against gay people. To commemorate that anniversary, kiwi author and historian Brent Coutts teamed up with artist George Hajian (Hahgeean) to create a very novel new book called 1972 – A Year in Focus. In this interview, Andrew Whiteside talks to them both about the project and the stories behind it.
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