INDIGENOUS people are invited to contribute an essay on their life experiences as Indigenous LGBTI people and/or the contributions that LGBTI Indigenous people make to Australian social, cultural and economic life.

This edited collection of essays aims to document the diversity of experiences and contributions of Australian Indigenous people from all walks of life and across gender and sexuality.

In 1994, a group of seven women and men published the essay Peopling the Empty Mirror: The Prospects for Lesbian and Gay Aboriginal History. Two decades on, a book focused solely on Australian Indigenous Queer people is yet to be published.

It is time to “people the empty mirror”.

Essays can be up to 5000 words in length. The book will include about 17 essays.

The oral tradition is respected and assistance may be possible for the recording, transcribing and editing of contributions for this book.

Wakefield Press (South Australia) will publish the book.

Copyright of each essay will reside with the author(s), who will each receive a copy of the book.

All author royalties from the book sales will be donated to a program designed to promote health and well-being of Indigenous youth, for example, Anthym (details of the recipient organisation will be finalised shortly)

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: September 30, 2014.

Expressions of Interest should include a proposed content description up to 500 words, author(s) full name and short bio information, affiliation details, and contact information.

Anticipated Timeline:

  • September 30, 2014:  Closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest

  • October, 30, 2014: Finalisation of contributors and advice issued

  • November 2014–February 2015: Writing of essays (four month period)

  • February 28, 2015: Closing date for submission of essays to the editor

  • May 30, 2015: Editing completed and manuscript delivered to publisher

  • November 2015: Book launch events

Editor: Dr Dino Hodge – publication history includes:

  • Co-author with Wendy Dunn/Holland, Maureen Fletcher, Gary Lee, E.J. Milera, Rea Saunders, and Jim Wafer of Peopling the Empty Mirror: The Prospects for Lesbian and Gay Aboriginal History, in Gay Perspectives II: More Essays in Australian Gay Culture, edited by Robert Aldrich, 1–62, Sydney: University of Sydney, 1994.

  • Author of Did You Meet Any Malagas? A Homosexual History of Australia’s Tropical Capital, Nightcliff, NT: Little Gem Publications, 1993;

  • Co-editor with Graeme Parsons and Jane Bathgate of You Don’t get Degrees in Weet-Bix Boxes: True Stories of Aboriginal People in Tertiary Study and Beyond, Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Education, 1994; reprinted 1995.

  • Author of Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty: A Political Biography, Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2014.

Dino recently convened the Queer Histories Symposium with the theme “Sexuality across Race, Culture and Gender,” held in Darwin during the third Asia Pacific Outgames in May 2014.

Forward all enquiries and Expressions of Interest to:


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