By Michael Hurley Beside Myself is ‘about growing up, growing older and coming to terms with the world.’ It reveals some of the things Michael has valued and treasured and combimge them with stories of people, places, events and ideas that have shaped his queer sensibilities. The writing moves constantly between objects in his china […]
By Wayne Murdoch The Mystery of the Handsome Man tells the strange-but-true story of John Lempriere Irvine (born 1847; died unknown), banker, champion sportsman and bon vivant. Ranging from the convict settlement of Port Arthur, to the heights of colonial Tasmanian Society, the goldrush towns of Ballarat and Bendigo, and the ballrooms of Marvellous Melbourne […]
by Noah Riseman, Shirleene Robinson, Graham Willett For the first time, Serving in Silence? reveals the integral role played by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women in Australia’s military after the Second World War. Their powerful personal stories, recounted with searing honesty, illustrate the changing face of the Australian Defence Force, the pivotal role of […]
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.