Posted on January 16, 2013
Rodney Croome on fighting the law for the freedom to be oneself.
Can you please take us through the lead-up and event of the arrests in Salamanca in 1988?
The Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group was formed in March 1988. We decided to set up a stall in Salamanca Market in August that year. We went about the application process like any other group but when the Council found out we were there it shut us down because it didn’t want “homosexuals in its family market”. When we defied the ban, the police were brought in and 130 people were arrested over seven consecutive Saturday mornings. Eventually the Council backed down. In 2008, to mark the 20th Anniversary the Council officially apologised and funded a memorial which will be opened in 2013.