The (CERSH) Rural Sexual Health Conference 2015

Presenter: Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. Maria is also an External Faculty Member of Saybrook University, San Francisco, Founding Member of AGMC Inc. (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), and a member of the Victoria Police LGBTIQ and Multicultural Communities Divisions. Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); and two collections of young people’s voices, writing and art called Girls Talk and Boys Stuff (with Wayne Martino). The two following research-based books, So What’s a Boy: Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling; and Being Normal Is the Only Way to Be: Adolescent Perspectives on Gender and Schooling were also written with Wayne Martino. Maria’s other books are When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People; Tapestry: Five Generations of Women in One Italian Family; and Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, 2011). Her first novel, Love You Two, was co-winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award. Her most recent publications are The Politics of Recognition and Social Justice: Transforming Subjectivities and New Forms of Resistance (co-edited with Bob Pease) and Queerying Families of Origin (co-edited with Chiara Bertone).

Invited paper title: Border Sexualities and Relationships: beyond the binaries of ethnic/non-ethnic and gay/straight