Intimacy, Violence and Activism
Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society
Edited by Graham Willett and Yorick Smaal
‘Intimacy, Violence, and Activism is an excellent book, especially for those seeking to compare Australasian Gay and Lesbian history with that of their own nation. For non-academic readers, this book is a superb start to understanding key aspects of Australasian history of the gay and lesbian movements.’ LGBT History, Spring 2015 Vol. 28:2/Vol. 29:1
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.
The result is an original and important contribution to understanding a history that is all too often shrouded in secrecy.
About the editors
Graham Willett is a historian of Australia’s gay and lesbian past. He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of the movement, and co-editor and a major contributor to Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne. He is a long-time committee member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Yorick Smaal is a historian and Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He has published on numerous aspects of homosexual history in Australia.
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