Sunshine and Rainbows: The Development of Gay and Lesbian Culture in Queensland

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - 244 páginas
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"Sunshine and Rainbows" is a history of the development of homosexuality as an Australian subculture. Proceeding chronologically from the 1820s through to the vibrant alternative culture that exists in 2000, "Sunshine and Rainbows" argues that the manner in which gay and lesbian identity has been constructed in Queensland is typical of Australia generally. Beginning with isolated acts suppressed by criminal law and medical opinion, a homosexual identity developed, which by the mid-nineteenth century was based on male appropriation of public space.A clandestine social subculture was in place during the first half of the twentieth century. Despite continued relgious, social, legal and medical repression, it became an obvious part of Australian sexuality, expressed through Beats and early gathering places such as coffee shops, hotels, and theatres. Well developed in urban areas by the 1930s and 1940s, the subculture strengthened in the 1970s and 1980s, when clubs, gay commercial venues and political organisations emerged. The fight for gay law reform, recognition of the rights of same-sex partners, and of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, continues today. "Sunshine and Rainbows" discusses the different roles of gay men and lesbians in the subculture, arguing that by the end of the twentieth century a transition had occurred to a fully-developed alternative culture.
 

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Índice

Symbols and Meanings
1
Colonial Law and Individuals
25
Race and Sexuality
51
The Papuan and the Blond Chauffeur Brisbane 1926
57
Masculinity and the Beginnings
60
Men in Shared Accommodation
67
Passing Women Spinsters
74
Cissies Cinemas and a
90
Brisbane 1950s
126
Toye De Wildes Brisbane 1950s1960s
133
Coming of Age The Contemporary
142
Gay Liberation Law Reform
161
GayLesbianQueer Culture in the 1990s
190
Conclusion
213
Bibliography
219
Index
229

Tropical Sexy Animality
105
Bohemia Bars and Balls 1940s1960s
120

Términos y frases comunes

Sobre el autor (2001)

Clive Moore is an Associate Professor in the History Department, The University of Queensland.

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