Beyond the proud civic architecture, the boulevards, the parks and gardens, there is another Melbourne, less visible, less celebrated but no less marvellous. From the earliest days, men who loved men, and women who loved women – sodomites and spinsters, camps and gays and lesbians, queers of all kinds – have made the city their own, giving it a vibrant history. Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne reveals and celebrates some of their stories.
This book traces the evolution of Australia’s gay and lesbian publications from smudgy porn sold in brown paper bags to glossy coffee-table magazines proudly on display; from gestetnered newsletters to an industry publishing millions of newspapers each year – that is, until the Internet changed it all.
‘What this book teaches us — whether gay, lesbian or heterosexual — is that the human struggle for a whole identity goes beyond gender or sexual preference.’ Christina Koutsoukos
‘These conversations with thirteen gay men from the Northern Territory — including a priest, a hustler, the owner of a wine bar, political activists and the first Territorian diagnosed with AIDS — provide a vivid portrait of gay life in Australia’s tropical Top End from the wild days of the Second World War to the present.’ Robert Aldrich
In this, the latest in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives series, researchers explore the rich history of queer Australasia, uncovering photographic records of small-town male intimacy, cases of police entrapment, the mysterious suicide pact of Charles Marks and Edward Feeny, ASIO attempts to grapple with ‘persons with serious character defects’, and previously unexamined political and cultural expressions of gay/lesbian/queer activism over the last four decades.
This insightful biography probes the life and work of one of Australia’s most neglected writers, author of twenty major publications including No end to the way (1965), a groundbreaking portrayal of a homosexual relationship. ‘A grand story masterfully told…his management of detail is one of its strengths…quite an amazing accomplishment.’ Robert Dessaix
‘Roderic Anderson had an interesting life, which he recalls with stunning and often insightful detail…As a slice of sociological history, his story is inspiring and compelling.’ Leonard Jacobs, Foreword magazine.
Forty years have passed since the publication of Dennis Altman’s crucial text, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation. On this anniversary, Carolyn D’Cruz and Mark Pendleton have compiled an impressive band of writers, activists, historians and founders of the liberation movement.
“Liz Ross’s provocative book challenges conventional views about the origins of modern Lesbian and Gay movements. Her insights are sure to spark debate among fighters for equal rights and liberation.” – Ali Hogg, Victorian Convenor, Equal Love
The sixth in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives series, Out Here, is published by Monash University Publishing.
Most of the contributions were presented originally at ALGA’s 9th Australian Homosexual Histories conference in Melbourne in 2009.