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Living and Loving in Diversity

An anthology of Australian multicultural queer adventures

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Living and Loving in Diversity
Sad and funny, sexy and sensitive, angry and insightful: the deeply personal stories in this book reflect a rainbow of experiences and emotions, as diverse as the storytellers themselves. Join chief editor Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and the Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council for a journey of discovery through queer multicultural multifaith Australia, with more than sixty voices from across the spectrum of sexualities and genders, families and relationships.

Annette Xiberras, lesbian Wurundjeri Elder with a Maltese father, provides a Welcome to Book and insights into her Indigenous-migrant family.

Filmmakers Tony Ayres and Franco Di Chiera share their experiences telling stories from minority cultures on Australian screens, while Benjamin Law talks queer Asian-Australian identity, and making The Family Law for SBS. Broadcaster Faustina Agolley talks about being 'out' as a woman of colour, and Anton Enus tells us about coming out as a 'coloured' gay man in South Africa.

Entertainer Paul Capsis reflects on doing Cabaret in the age of Trump while Asiel Adan talks about non-binary gender across the US border in Mexico. Meanwhile, Christos Tsiolkas imagines Ari, the protagonist of his iconic novel Loaded, now middle-aged, during a weekend of mass violence in distant Paris, while Patrick Abboud travels the world so he can come home.

Alyena Mohummadally searches for reconciliation between her queer and Muslim identities and Tony Briffa shares a personal story of growing up with intersex variations and the rigidity of Western medicine.

Patrick Abboud Doron Abramovici Asiel Adan Faustina Agolley Mama Alto Elvira Andreoli Gavriel Ansara Tony Ayres Ayman Barbaresco Jonathan Barnett Michael Barnett Roz Bellamy Maria Bololia Tony Briffa Hinde Ena Burstin Paul Capsis Carolina Paula Carpio Shanton Chang Joseph Carmel Chetcuti Margherita Coppolino Franco Di Chiera Anton Enus Cristian Cortes Garzon Sally Goldner Carl Gopalkrishnan Anne Harris Dino Hodge Konstantino Hadjikakou Peggy Iu Rida Khan Azja Kulpinska Benjamin Law Anthony Lekkas Mei Tze Ling Lian Low Alan Maurice Adam Messede Jack Migdalek Alyena Mohummadally Tony Mordini Nonno and Aroosa Olivia Noto Benjamin Oh Gary Paramanathan Vic Perri Corey Rabaut Raven Adam Ridwan Naya Rizwan Wil Roach Omar Sakr Michael Schembri Budi Sudarto Reem Sweid Judy Tang Christos Tsiolkas John Tzimas Paul Venzo Sim Victor Annette Xiberras Nevo Zisin

Praise for Living and Loving in Diversity
'Australia's most significant anthology on and by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people from multicultural-multifaith (MCMF) backgrounds.' - Arjun Rajkhowa, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 40, No. 4

'Showcases a rainbow of experiences.' - DNA

'A positive and affirming book that may be helpful to anyone struggling with their sexual identity, and also for others to gain better understanding.' - Helen Eddy, ReadPlus

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (PhD) is an academic-activist-author at Deakin University, sitting on the committees of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Network and the LGBTIQ Network. She is also an independent researcher and consultant; sits on two Victoria Police Priorities Communities Reference Groups, the LGBTIQ Reference Group and the Multicultural Reference Group; and is a member of the DHHS LGBTIQ Working Group.

This book has been created by the Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC), of which Maria is a founding member.
Format Paperback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743055953
Extent 372 pages
Price: AU$34.95 including GST
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