Cultured Queer / Queering Culture: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness symposium, University of Wollongong, 19 February 2015. Comprising indigenous presenters from Australia, Aotearoa, United States and Canada.
“Three queer Aboriginal women share personal stories of negotiating identity, discovering community, and caring for friends amidst the AIDS crisis and after.
Laniyuk Garcon, Sandy O’Sullivan, and Samia Goudie are contributors to the new book, ‘Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives.’ Published by Wakefield Press, the volume includes 22 stories and essays by queer Aboriginal Australians in a first of its kind.”
“More than 20 people have provided life stories and essays to Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives.
Editor Dr Dino Hodge said the groundbreaking book builds on a 1994 essay examining the prospects for lesbian and gay Aboriginal history.
“This book is purely a book by Indigenous peoples, by First Nations peoples and rather than me asking questions they have nominated the topics,” he said.
“They have put forward what is important for them.
The book was launched in Adelaide this week as part of the city’s annual gay, lesbian and queer Feast Festival.
Contributor Steven Ross is gay and wrote about Mundine’s controversial comments two years ago.
Mundine was responding on social media to an episode of the ABC series Redfern Now about a gay Aboriginal man.
Mr Ross said such views needed to be challenged because gay people have always been part of Aboriginal culture.”
This is a bibliography compiled on historical and scientific writings on Aboriginal sexualities.
“Twenty-two First Nations people reveal their inner reflections and outlooks on family and culture, identity and respect, homophobia, transphobia, racism and decolonisation, activism, art, performance and more, through life stories and essays. The contributors to this ground-breaking book not only record the continuing relevance of traditional culture and practices, they also explain the emergence of homonormativity within the context of contemporary settler colonialism.
Colouring the Rainbow is a real, searing and celebratory exploration of modern culture in post-apology Australia.”