Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

No amount of YouTube videos and queer think pieces prepared me for this moment.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.All I heard from the pulpit were grim hints.I became acutely aware of the parts of myself that were unpalatable to queers who grew up in the city.My queerness was born in a hot dry land that was never ceded.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, 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...
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Gaysia

Gaysia

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants, and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets — from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers and Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents — all teach him something new about being queer in Asia. At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.
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The Family Law

The Family Law

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

Meet the Law family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won't his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love?Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful new Australian talent.
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