Title

The queer(y)ing of Australian public culture discourse: activism, rights discourse, and survival strategies

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Offord, B 2001, 'The queer(y)ing of Australian public culture discourse: activism, rights discourse, and survival strategies ', International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 155-179.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This essay examines the contemporary context of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activism in Australia situating the theoretical and practical concerns in the ambit of survival strategies and rights discourse. Drawing on media, interviews, and a specific piece of proposed legislation, the essay surveys and analyses the effects of LGBT strategies of survival that are demonstrated in public culture discourse. The socio-cultural and political terrain of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Australia bears witness to a public culture discourse that is deeply ambivalent about its LGBT dimensions.