Chris Brickell's Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand, quotes writer Peter Wells on Auckland's Lower Queen Street during the mid-1960s: "It was very seedy, steep, largely empty.
Unless you have been living under a rock in this country, it is very obvious how highly sexualized our society has become.
Everywhere the eye can look from TV, magazines, Internet, and movies, to advertising, billboards and even texting on cell phones, we are living in sex saturated society.
Prostitutes were available upstairs; those in the know would spell out their request via a code involving the placement of cups and saucers.
The Homosexual Law Reform Act, signed by the governor-general in 1986, eliminated the need for such secrecy. As recently as 30 years ago politicians were yelling from the pulpit that homosexuals should "go back to the sewers", so is it any wonder same-sex couples are still reluctant to hold hands in public?
She met her girlfriend in 2013, three years after she came out."I had some close gay friends, so I essentially just jumped into their friend groups, but I think it can be incredibly hard to branch into the scene if you don't know anyone."OUT ONLINEThe internet has become a platform for anonymous confessionals and safe meeting spaces.