Shirleene Robinson - Serving in Silence?

Wednesday 18 July 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $7.50
Tickets available until 18 July 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join our MC, the Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP with Julie Hendy and author, Shirleene Robinson for the launch of Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women. 

Most people have heard of the United States’ infamous ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, yet few know about Australia’s own history of LGBT military service. In Serving in Silence? lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemen and women share their personal stories for the first time. The book explores the emotional stress they experienced hiding their sexuality or gender identity under official bans, as well as the challenges facing those who have served openly in the last 25 years. Tracing the ADF’s transformation to the inclusive organisation it is today, Serving in Silence? also highlights the pivotal role of military service in the lives of many LGBT Australians and how they have served their country with distinction.

"To put service before self in our Nation’s name is the essence of being a member of our Defence Force. Such commitment is to be respected and honoured. Yet, for too long, our LGBT personnel served in silence. This book gives voice to men and women who served in the face of prejudice and discrimination. It is an affirmation of how Australia and its Defence Force are changing for the better." Lieutenant General David Morrison, former Chief of Army and 2016 Australian of the Year

Shirleene Robinson has published extensively on aspects of LGBTIQ history, along with a wide variety of other topics ranging from histories of childhood through to the HIV and AIDS epidemic and the role of volunteers. She is also the President of Sydney’s Pride History Group. Her most recent publication was Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Stories from a Social Revolution (with Robert Reynolds).

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