Growing Up Queer in Australia

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I marked the day in my adolescent diary with a single blank page; the mantle of 'queer migrant' compelled me to keep going - to go further; I never 'came out' to my parents. I felt I owed them no explanation; I was 38 and figured it was time to come out to her. Even now, I sometimes think that I don’t know my own desire. 

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia. 

For better or worse, sooner or later, life conspires to reveal you to yourself, and this is growing up. 

With contributions from David Marr, Fiona Wright, Nayuka Gorrie, Steve Dow, Holly Throsby, Sally Rugg, Tony Ayres, Nic Holas, Rebecca Shaw, Kerryn Phelps and many more.

©2019 Benjamin Law (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • 10-16-19

Beautiful, Funny and Moving Anthology

Absolutely loved this. Easy to pick up and put down. At times I found myself grinning widely, others, tearing up whilst on public transport. I felt both very seen, and had my eyes opened to very diverse variety of queer upbringings and explorations.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 09-10-19

Revealing, often amusing stories of queer life

As I began listening to this audio book, I wondered if we needed to hear any more stories of growing up gay, or queer - haven't we heard enough? It did not take long for me to be convinced that this is a valuable addition to the literature of queer life in Australia. There is so much variety here - memories from men and women of different ages and attitudes. Benjamin Law is to be congratulated on putting together a wonderful collection of stories - and reading many of the men's stories himself. The women readers were good too. I would recommend this book to anyone.