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Salient. Newspaper of the Victoria University Students' Association. Vol 42 No. 19. August 6 1979

e for National Strength

[unclear: e] for National Strength

[unclear: ement] emerged from 1975 with [unclear: ction] of the need for national conviction which transformed [unclear: ent] in more ways than one [unclear: du-] The focal point was undoubted-[unclear: national] conference held in [unclear: We-] Labour weekend and organized [unclear: gton] GL which had itself [unclear: rea-ebb] the previous year but [unclear: ma-ise], phoenix-like, from the [unclear: as-ovement] needed to recover a sense of direction and this could only be done if there was a concerted attack on the movement's lack of coherence. The solution mooted was the formation of a National Gay Rights Coalition (NGRC) which was formally established in July 1977 with the threefold aim of:
(1)liberating Gays by promoting a social environment free from repressive laws, discrimination, social attitudes causing fear, guilt, shame and loneliness, sexism, sexual stereotyping;
(2)working for the rights, interests and well-being of all Gays;
(3)supporting the liberation of other groups oppressed in terms of (1) above.
Gay rights marchers and police

Police confront Gay Right demonstration.

The NGRC became an overnight success. Before the year was out it was clear that the gay rights movement had acheived cohesion and purposiveness within the alliance of what is now 32 member groups with an affiliated membership exceeding 70,000. Readers of the recent article in the NZ Listener will know what is large, everywhere and has 140,000 legs.