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Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration : Together Forever? - John DeCecco

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:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • proving homosexuality
  • migration stress
  • dealing with bureaucracy
  • financial dependency
  • success and failure in relationshipsStories 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.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xvii
The Queer Development of Gay and Lesbian Immigrationp. 1
The Beginnings of Gay and Lesbian Couple Recognitionp. 3
Homosexuality and the Settlement of Australiap. 4
The Development of an Arrangement Between the Task Force and the Governmentp. 6
The Effects on the Couplesp. 16
An Arrangement Is Made Between the Minister and the Task Forcep. 23
Progress Since the Arrangementp. 32
Finding Out About Couplesp. 35
Anxietiesp. 36
Convincing the Government We Were Genuine Homosexual Couplesp. 42
The Original Study Group in 1988p. 46
Personal Costsp. 56
What Has Changed Since the 1980s?p. 67
Success and Failure in Relationships--Who's Counting?p. 69
Applications to Change Status to Permanent Resident, 1988/1989p. 69
HIV/AIDSp. 72
Conclusions I Made in 1990p. 76
Problems in the Categorization of Success and Failurep. 89
A Missing Element in the Research Storyp. 92
Europe, North America, Thailand, and Backp. 97
Some Partners in 2000p. 115
Gay and Lesbian Relationships and Immigrationp. 147
The Political Momentp. 148
Sexual Valuesp. 149
Other Stories Now Can Be Toldp. 150
Findings in 2000p. 152
Outcomesp. 157
The Stories So Farp. 160
Immigration and Relationshipsp. 162
Responsibilities We Can Assume As Nonheterosexualsp. 163
Research Methodsp. 164
Referencesp. 165
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ISBN: 9781560233848
ISBN-10: 1560233842
Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 30th May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 13.51  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1