MLOH 448: Garry Wotherspoon interviews with gay men, 1980-1988
Garry Wotherspoon is a teacher, writer and historian who taught Australian economic and social history and minority studies at the University of Sydney. He has published books on gay history, articles in Campaign, Outrage, Gay Information and other magazines and edited Being Different: Nine Gay Men Remember, 1986.
These oral histories were conducted 1980-1988 and record the memories of gay men (and two women) who remember the underground years of gay culture, the illicit meetings, the arrests and protests. These interviews also formed the basis of his publication City of the Plain, a history of Sydney's gay subculture. It was a work that signalled the beginning of a new, serious attention to the existence and importance of gay culture.
The Library has included black and white & colour digital images from Sydney Photographer Geoff Friend to complement the collection of oral histories by Garry Wotherspoon of material documenting the story of Mardi Gras and the gay rights movement.