Boucher, Leigh: Only Heaven Knows brings 1940s queer Sydney roaring back to life

Leigh Boucher

Only Heaven Knows brings 1940s queer Sydney roaring back to┬álife‘, The Conversation, 6 June 2017

A revived musical gives an insight into a Kings Cross lifestyle that flourished during the war years, then faded for a while. The article traces something of the story since.

As we tell heartening stories about a linear march towards equality, the lost queer world of 1940s Sydney reminds us that history is full of strange turns, detours, redirections and ruptures. We do an injustice to past queer lives if we use their experiences to tell politically tidy stories about the destination of historical progress.

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