Editor Ian MacNeill
Early encounters with gay identity
Editorial: ... I wanted them to tell us in lively ways how they came to know they were gay. ...
The premise for Catching On is that coming out, at least in a modern westernized country like Australia, remains a necessary rite of passage.
Happiness, personal fulfilment even sanity and health are dependant on homosexual people being honest with themselves and others, argues writer Ian McNeil who compiled and edited Catching On.
"I wanted the writers to tell us in lively ways how they came to know they were gay," says McNeil. "This confrontation with ourselves must surely give us insights into human nature, denied those who get to waltz at their own weddings, no matter how many frogs they had to kiss before they slipped the ring on."
Each story captures the burgeoning
self-awareness of coming out, which McNeil correctly points out in his
introduction "... is a life long test of character even in our type of
country: ask the elderly entering nursing homes." Poignant or funny and
always insightful, Catching On encompasses first
love, missed opportunity and awakening sexual awareness evocative at
times of an Australia existent only in the authors' memories.
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Tim Herbert Big Stiffy
Michael Hurley Wistful
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Robert French Your Tiny
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