“When I was 14, the gay thing was kept a secret in me. I didn’t tell anyone. It was absolutely terrifying. I mean it was [the NSW country town of] Walgett 15 or 16 years ago, when homosexuality wasn’t even accepted in mainstream culture, imagine being in a small country town in western NSW.”
“Karen talks about: Pollys Social Club; Chameleons; Boomerangs; Park Inn; the Birdcage; Capriccios; Clover Club; Mardi Gras; Stolen Generation; Aboriginal Community.”
A part of the 100 voices project (Sydney LGBT oral history) found here.
(note: this is not a full interview. You must contact them here to retrieve a copy)
“it’s pretty clear she made two objections — one based on racial grounds, and the other on gay rights. (It shows) we are way more tolerant of gay rights than we are of indigenous seeking equality.”
Report from the Australian Human Rights Commission (2015)
Chapter 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
IndigiLez case study:
“Indigilez is a place where the women find connection. Indigilez provides the safe place for Indigenous women to speak their mind and tell their journey of sexuality and culture. Indigilez empowers and provides leadership to a minority group of women that were once isolated, discriminated against and not treated equal. Indigilez uplifts the spirits and encourages healthy life style choices for today and the future.” – pg. 62.
Lou Bennett explores gay and Aboriginal issues, writes Fiona Scott-Norman.