Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration: Together Forever?

Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration: Together Forever?


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Share the personal stories of gay and lesbian couples who immigrated to Australia!

This fascinating book examines the Australian government’s innovative immigration program for same-sex couples. Covering the time from the early 1980s to 2000, Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration: Together Forever? offers a powerful glimpse into the gains and costs of immigration. Its twenty-year span offers insight into both immediate and long-term implications of this policy.

Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration intertwines the personal stories of gay and lesbian immigrants, including the author, with thoughtful, detailed political analysis. This groundbreaking book analyzes the Australian government’s reasons for recognizing the validity of same-sex couples. It also scrutinizes the emotional and social implications of government policies for these couples.

Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration explores the issues immigrant same-sex couples faced, including:

  • proving homosexuality
  • migration stress
  • dealing with bureaucracy
  • financial dependency
  • success and failure in relationships

    Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration will be of interest to political scientists, historians of gay and lesbian culture, policymakers seeking to change immigration laws, and anyone interested in this aspect of gay and lesbian relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560233848
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Queer Development of Gay and Lesbian Immigration
  • The Beginnings of Gay and Lesbian Couple Recognition
  • Homosexuality and the Settlement of Australia
  • The Development of an Arrangement Between the Task Force and the Government
  • The Effects on the Couples
  • An Arrangement Is Made Between the Minister and the Task Force
  • Progress Since the Arrangement
  • Chapter 2. Finding Out About Couples
  • Anxieties
  • Convincing the Government We Were Genuine Homosexual Couples
  • The Original Study Group in 1988
  • Personal Costs
  • What Has Changed Since the 1980s
  • Chapter 3. Success and Failure in Relationships—Who’s Counting?
  • Applications to Change Status to Permanent Resident, 1988/1989
  • Conclusions I Made in 1990
  • Problems in the Categorization of Success and Failure
  • A Missing Element in the Research Story
  • Chapter 4. Europe, North America, Thailand, and Back
  • Chapter 5. Some Partners in 2000
  • Chapter 6. Gay and Lesbian Relationships, and Immigration
  • The Political Moment
  • Sexual Values
  • Other Stories Now Can Be Told
  • Findings in 2000
  • Outcomes
  • The Stories So Far
  • Immigration and Relationships
  • Responsibilities We Can Assume As Nonheterosexuals
  • Research Methods
  • References

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Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration: Together Forever? 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lets start by being brutally frank. Gays are not normal and any attempt to persuade others that theirs is a legitimate comparison with straight couples is delusion. Having said that the author dives into his matter with a a priori commitment to his result. His bias is overwhelming and leads to the usual `gay is okay¿¿why ? ¿just because it is. He singularly fails to tackle the issue as to why immigration policy should be rewritten so that the 1% of the population that is bent should be accommodated. He totally ignores the obvious health hazards of letting gays immigrate to Australia and then couches his chapters in anecdotes of nonsense. A poorly written and argued diatribe that skirts ( no pun intended ) the issues , arrives at the politically correct conclusion ( well what else ) hiding behind the much parroted and paranoid discrimination cult of victimology bandwagon. Poor researched , poorly argued but will be praised by sheer virtue of its political correctness. This make make the bath-house library top 10 but it is very shallow scholarship on an molehill of social priority. Very disappointing.