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Growing Up Queer in Australia

By: Benjamin Law
Narrated by: Benjamin Law, Nayuka Gorrie, Quinn Eades, Wendy Bos
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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 Individual stories retained by the authors (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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great anthology if repetitive at times

fun anthology, lots of great insight but could have benefitted from a larger pool to cull from as many tend to hit the same notes covered a dozen times before without providing new or interesting insight. the author's at the rear face the unfortunate worst of it. Also unfortunately the number of authors rapidly dwindles as you cross the LGBTQIA+ acronym leaving this book to largely reflect the most conventional queer experiences and cultures

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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.

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Important voices but with triggering content

This book provided a wide cross section of stories and experiences and for the most part I appreciated that about the book. That said while I’m sure it was true to the author of the story of growing up in rural Australia I could have done without a story that touched on animals being tormented and tortured with no warning. I appreciate that a lot of the topics dealt with in the book could be potentially triggering and upsetting in a wide variety of ways but I felt like the content of that particular story was a step too far for me.

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