Queer Radio interview with author David Hardy

Queer Radio's Blair Martin speaks with David Hardy about "Bold".

“BOLD: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people”

In Australia, the news is filled with debate around same sex marriage, and why we are the last English-speaking country to end this discrimination.

Headlines broadcast news of sports people coming out, and stories of prominent transgender people go viral on social media. Behind these stories, who are the people who have championed the great changes in Australia and around the world? In this book, over 50 people – including prominent activists such as Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby – tell their stories.

We can all gain a better understanding of the LGBTI community, in all its diversity, through the personal narratives from older campaigners who have been, and continue to be, part of the struggle.

David Hardy presents this collection of stories about love, hope, pride and the fight of older LGBTI people, then and now. They are ordinary and extraordinary people – from cities and small communities across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. These diverse stories unsilence lives. In print, these narratives enhance the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal – life stories that make their mark.

‘I hope this book helps people understand who we are and who we are not,’ says David. ‘We are not invisible. This collection celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. These stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.’

BOLD will be available online and from independent bookshops in November 2015 and pre-orders can now be made online from www.ragandboneman.org

David Hardy is a freelance writer and long-time singer in Brisbane’s Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD in Indigenous Knowledges at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

His research earned him the Higher Degrees Award by the Northern Territory Department of Education in 2015. Beyond exploring the diversity of expressions of his Indigenous and queer identity, David’s writing also draws on his career as a former diplomat in Poland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Samoa and Kiribati.