Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories: A National Oral History Project

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson*

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Lesbian and gay Australians have lived through extraordinary social change over the past six decades as attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted significantly. This article explores a collaborative project with the National Library of Australia, which was the first nation-wide oral history project to investigate the impact of these changes in the intimate lives of different generations of gay men and lesbians. Sixty men and women across Australia were interviewed as part of the project. This article outlines the methodological framework and the particular challenges and opportunities presented by an oral history project that involves members of the lesbian and gay population. It notes the increased opportunities to live an ‘ordinary’ life available to many lesbian and gay individuals and the way this was reflected in interviews.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Feminist Studies
Issue number89
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


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