Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now

Australian stories from a social revolution

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Abstract

This is the story of a peaceful revolution. Drawing on in-depth interviews, it tells the intimate life stories of thriteen gay and lesbian Australians ranging in age from twenties to eighties. From the underground beats of 1950s Brisbane and illicit relationships in the armed services, to Grindr, foster parenting and weddings in the twenty-first century, 'Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now' reveals the remarkable social shifts from one generation to the next. Where once gay and lesbian Australians were treated as criminals, sinners or sick, today they are increasingly accepted as equal. The majority of Australians support same-sex marriage. This rapid transformation in attitudes has opened the way for lesbians and gays to 'become ordinary' - to experience freedoms that were once barely imaginable. 'Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now' reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia - then and now. It is a moving account of a quiet revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCarlton, Vic.
PublisherBlack Inc.
Number of pages284
ISBN (Print)9781863958509
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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