By Graham Willett

From legislations reform to Lesbian intercourse Wars, from younger Gays to gray Gays, through demos, drag, and dancing--for 40 years, Australian lesbians, homosexual males, and their acquaintances have struggled to alter the best way homosexuals are handled and considered. this is often the 1st full-length account of this outstanding stream and the 1st to aim a countrywide standpoint.

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The campus groups were important. They had access to meeting rooms, printing and postage allowances and space in the student newspapers. au 44 152 × 230 CAMPing Out to audiences—students—among whom habits of political activism were very strong. They brought members together on a regular basis, which allowed strong bonds of trust to develop and political positions to be argued out and developed. All through the 1970s—and beyond—campus groups were a vital part of the activist movement. In 1972 and 1973, as we shall see, more radical varieties of gay politics were to arise in Australia and it has often been assumed that CAMP was simply a rather conservative group of middle-aged, closeted, acceptanceseeking males.

The Women’s Liberation group at Melbourne University and the Humanist Society also expressed support. With their confidence bolstered, the group was ready to go public—except that none of the members was willing or able to come out. Instead, they enlisted the support of Beatrice Faust, who we have seen already as a prominent (heterosexual) humanist and liberal, to be their spokesperson. 13 Despite these important breakthroughs, the group held an overcautious, even pessimistic, assessment of the times.

Ware’s letter first appeared in Brisbane’s Courier-Mail on 9 September 1970, though without his name or the group’s postal address, which rather defeated its purpose. It was first published in full in the left-liberal magazine Nation ten days later. But while the founders of CAMP could be reasonably sure that they could gain some media attention for their group, they had no reason to expect that they would achieve much more than this. The lack of success by the Humanist law reform groups that had preceded CAMP was a discouraging sign.

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