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Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI


Geoff Allshorn has been involved in teaching for many years and he has produced a variety of resources tackling homophobia in schools. He is also a volunteer in a number of activist groups, and has previously published material on HIV/AIDS and the AIDS Quilt. He is currently undertaking research into the history of HIV/AIDS in Australia.


Peter Di Sciascio is a clinical biochemist and art historian in Melbourne. Peter is employed by a not-for-profit women’s health organisation as a Quality Manager. He is also pursuing art history studies at the University of Melbourne. Peter has a particular interest in Australian women’s art history.


Dr Lisa Featherstone is a Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Newcastle. She is interested in all aspects of the history of sexuality and the body, and is completing her first monograph, Let’s Talk About Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia, 1901–1961, which will be published in 2011.


Roberta Foster completed her Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, during which she discovered a passion for gender and queer studies. She is currently undertaking the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University and volunteers at Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Moreland Community Legal Centre and Fitzroy Legal Service.


Dino Hodge is undertaking PhD research into homophobia during the life and times of former South Australian Premier Don Dunstan. His published work includes Did you Meet any Malagas? on Darwin’s gay community, and The Fall Upward, interviews about spirituality in the lives of Australian lesbian women and gay men.


Associate Professor Michael Hurley is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne. His recent publications include: ‘Gay and Lesbian Writing and Publishing in Australia, 1961–2001’, Australian Literary Studies, 2010; with Garrett Prestage et al., Pleasure and Sexual Health, 2010; ‘HIV, Sexual Health and Contemporary Gay Cultures’, in Jablonski, et al., eds, Sante Gaie, 2010; and, with Prestage, ‘Intensive Sex Partying amongst Gay Men in Sydney’, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2009.


Scott McKinnon is a PhD student at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research investigates the role of the movies in the development of gay male culture, community and identity in Sydney between 1950 and 2010.


Clare Parker is a PhD candidate in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. Her thesis examines the pioneering legalisation of abortion and male homosexual acts in South Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr Peter Robinson has taught courses in sexuality and gender studies in universities in Melbourne. His book, The Changing World of Gay Men, was awarded the Raewyn Connell Prize in 2010 for the best authored first monograph by an author within the discipline of Sociology. He has a contract with Palgrave Macmillan to write a second book on ageing in the gay world.


Dr Shirleene Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Australian History at Bond University. She is the author of Something like Slavery? Queensland’s Aboriginal Child Workers, 1842–1945 and editor of Homophobia: An Australian History, along with other works. She is currently researching HIV/AIDS and community organisation.


Dr Paul Sendziuk is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. His most recent book is Learning to Trust: Australian Responses to AIDS, which was short-listed for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s 2004 Human Rights Award (non-fiction section).


Dr Yorick Smaal is a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) at Griffith University. He has particular interests in sex and gender, war and society, and the law and criminal justice system.


Dr Graham Willett is a Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is author of Living Out Loud: A History of Gay and Lesbian Activism in Australia. He is President of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.


Dr Emily Wilson is a Lecturer in Australian Studies at Bond University. Her current research interest is in the history of medicine and sexuality, with a particular focus on medical attitudes towards homosexuality in Australia during the twentieth century. Her most recent publication is Prevention is Better than Cure: Eugenics in Queensland, 1900–1950 (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010).

Out Here: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives VI

   by Yorick Smaal, Graham Willett