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The Wheeler Cen­tre and Deakin Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Stud­ies Re­search Net­work present Past, Present and Fu­ture Queer Aus­tralia

Does Aus­tralia need its own Queer His­tory Month? What is Queer His­tory Month for? In other parts of the world, in­clud­ing the US and the UK, peo­ple cel­e­brate LGBTI+ or Queer His­tory Months to raise the pro­file of LGBTI+ his­tory and cel­e­brate the peo­ple – both or­di­nary and fa­mous – who forged the fu­tures we are now liv­ing.

Aus­tralia's own LGBTI+ His­tory Month launched in Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber 2016. Two years later – and a year af­ter the same- sex mar­riage sur­vey cam­paign – the im­por­tance of re­mem­ber­ing the past seems more ur­gent than ever. How does teach­ing queer his­tory en­hance our un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralian his­tory more broadly? And who, or what, is of­ten miss­ing or marginalised in his­to­ries of Aus­tralian LGBTI+ peo­ple?

In this panel dis­cus­sion hosted by Daniel Mar­shall, Den­nis Alt­man, Laniyuk Gar­con and Sally Gold­ner will dis­cuss some ideas for mark­ing LGBTI+ His­tory Month in Aus­tralia. We'll also dis­cuss the work of Aus­tralians – in­clud­ing ac­tivists, archivists and aca­demics – who have shaped our queer past and present.

Den­nis Alt­man is a writer and aca­demic who first came to at­ten­tion with the pub­li­ca­tion of his book Ho­mo­sex­ual: Op­pres­sion & Lib­er­a­tion in 1972. This book, which has of­ten been com­pared to Ger­maine Greer's Fe­male Eu­nuch and Singer's An­i­mal Lib­er­a­tion, was the first se­ri­ous anal­y­sis to emerge from the gay lib­er­a­tion move­ment. Alt­man is Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor and Pro­fes­so­rial Fel­low in the In­sti­tute for Hu­man Se­cu­rity at La­Trobe Uni­ver­sity in Melbourne. He was Pres­i­dent of the AIDS So­ci­ety of Asia and the Pa­cific (20015), and has been a mem­ber of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tional AIDS So­ci­ety and a Board mem­ber of Ox­fam Aus­tralia. In June 2008 Alt­man was ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia. He is an Am­bas­sador for the Hu­man Rights Law Cen­tre.

Laniyuk Gar­con was born of a French mother and a Lar­rakia, Kun­gar­rakan and Gurindji fa­ther. Her poetry and short mem­oir of­ten re­flects the in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity of her cross cul­tural and queer iden­tity. She was for­tu­nate enough to con­trib­ute to the book Colour­ing the Rain­bow: Blak Queer and Trans Per­spec­tives as well as win­ning the Indige­nous res­i­dency for Can­berra's Noted Writ­ers Fes­ti­val 2017. Laniyuk re­ceived Over­land's Writ­ers Res­i­dency for 2018 as well as be­ing short­listed for Over­land's 2018 Nakata-Bro­phy poetry prize.

Sally Gold­ner is an ed­u­ca­tor, speaker, MC and oc­ca­sional per­former. Her in­volve­ment in Vic­to­ria's queer com­mu­nity has spanned more than twenty years. She has worked as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and trea­surer of Trans­gen­der Vic­to­ria, pre­sen­ter of 3CR's queer pro­gram “Out of the Pan”, co-fa­cil­i­ta­tor of Trans­fam­ily, and trea­surer of Bi­sex­ual Al­liance Vic­to­ria. Sally is the fo­cus of an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal doc­u­men­tary, Sally's Story, and a life mem­ber of four LGBTIQ or­gan­i­sa­tions. She was in­ducted into the Vic­to­rian Women's Hon­our Roll in 2016 (the first trans and first known bi woman in­ductee) and awarded LGBTI Vic­to­rian of the Year in 2015. She spent two weeks in St Peters­burg, Rus­sia as a juror for the Side-By-Side LGBT Film fes­ti­val in Novem­ber 2015.

Daniel Mar­shall is a Se­nior Lec­turer in Lit­er­a­ture in the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cre­ative Arts at Deakin Uni­ver­sity in Melbourne, Aus­tralia. He is also the Con­venor of Deakin's Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Stud­ies Ma­jor in the Bach­e­lor of Arts pro­gramme, and of Deakin's Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Stud­ies Re­search Net­work.

Past, Present and Fu­ture Queer Aus­tralia Tues­day 9 Oc­to­ber, 6.15pm – 7.15pm at the Wheeler Cen­tre


This event will be Aus­lan in­ter­preted. Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Deakin Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Stud­ies Re­search Net­work

Book­ings for all events are es­sen­tial and can be made at www.wheel­er­centre.com

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