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Colouring the Rainbow

Blak Queer and Trans perspectives

Dino Hodge

Colouring the Rainbow
Colouring the Rainbow uncovers the often hidden world of Queer and Trans Blak Australia and tells it like it is.

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.

Praise for Colouring the Rainbow:
'Readers will be impressed by the courage and pride shown by the contributors - this is a powerful and at times very moving collection of stories, with many challenges to conventional ideas not only of sexuality, but also of Aboriginal identity. But apart from its psychological and emotional impact, the book is a thoughtfully compiled reference work. Contributions are augmented throughout by endnotes and a detailed eighteen-page glossary and twelve pages of index make it a valuable and scholarly resource.' - Francis Good, Oral History Australia

'Gripping, passionate and moving ... Colouring the Rainbow is an important work about identity that will challenge conventional notions of gender, sexuality and Aboriginality.' - Michael Jongen, Newton Review of Books

'Finely nuanced and powerful stories that the social, literary and cultural world desperately needs.' - Gregory Phillips, HIV Australia Journal, Vol. 13, No. 3

'These are important essays.' - Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald

'In some ways, the weaknesses of Colouring the Rainbow are also its strengths. The inclusion of non-academic contributors, whose writing skills are not necessarily polished, means that some details of certain of the narratives can be hard to follow and that a clear line of argument can be difficult to establish .. However, it is the very inclusion of this multitude of very different contributors that makes the collection so valuable ... By bringing together individual stories, the collection both tells the story of a broader community, and reminds the reader that individual lived experiences can never quite be contained within social categories such as ‘queer’, ‘trans’ or ‘Aboriginal’.' - Jenny Boźena du Preez, Transnational Literature

'Stories that could enrich the LGBTIQ community as a whole.' - Rachel Cook, Gay News Network

Dr Dino Hodge - Konstantino Hadjikakou - was introduced to notions of empire and colonisation by his Cypriot family, and to fluidity in identity and intimacy through his Greek cultural heritage. His publications include Did You Meet Any Malagas? (1993), an oral history book about intersections of racial and sexual identities in Darwin's gay community, and Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty (2014), a biography of South Australia's great reformist premier. He is co-editor of You Don't Get Degrees in Weetbix Boxes (1994), a social studies text about Indigenous education and career experiences.
Category Aboriginal and Indigenous
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743053935
Extent 336 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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