As we come to the end of Pride Week, we have pulled together a list of some of Honi Soit’s best LGBTIQ-themed pieces.
“Back in the mid 2000s, I would scour the queer Internet, perusing lists of lesbian novels and wanting to read them all, but knowing I would never find them in the lone bookstore of my regional hometown. Although I’d have happily settled for the subtlest of female romances, the online descriptions of the tender, teenage love story in Annie On My Mind captured me entirely.”
Lane Sainty reflects on the late Nancy Garden.
“When – sorry – if you decide to come back for another session, I think we’ll start our work with examining your parents and your relationship with them. Homosexuality in women is a result of not bonding properly with the mother, so we will be focusing in on you and your mum.”
Georgia Kriz visited a gay conversion therapist.
“Dear Allies, You get raincoat skin. You get a car, a roof with no holes, a heart free of mildew, and a thousand safe dry places where you can wait out the storm that we can’t, walking home in drenched and hole-ridden shoes.”
Charlie O’Grady pens a letter to allies.
“It’s a scene we all know well. We’ve seen it in government ads, in sad movies. There’s a man. He’s smashing his fists on the locked bathroom door and howling threats through it. Broken plates and a shattered lamp lie at his feet. In between his screams, we can hear someone sobbing from behind the bathroom door, pleading quietly. Look: the lock is splintering now – it’s only a matter of time before it breaks open. It’s a scene we all know. But something here is different. Behind the bathroom door hides another man. He’s tall, fit, and looks as though he’d be perfectly capable of holding his own in a fight. But he’s just been beaten up, called a faggot, and heard death threats from the person he loves the most in the world: his boyfriend. Right now, his muscles are no good to him. And the door breaks open.”
Georgia Behrens investigates domestic violence in LGBTIQ relationships.
“Drag kings. Just like a drag queen only the opposite. Is that what you’re thinking? Comparing a queen to a king in this way is almost like saying: “Women? Aren’t they just like men, only in reverse?”
Lucy Watson delves into the world of drag kings.