Dominic O'Grady


The View from Oxford Street: Journalism from the Sydney Star Observer



Established in 1979, the Sydney Star Observer is Australia’s longest-running gay and lesbian community newspaper. Throughout its 30 year career, the newspaper’s journalism has chronicled and helped shape the development and mutation of a significant cultural, social and political force. This thesis uses literary journalism to illuminate key moments in the newspaper’s journalism: the creation of gay and lesbian coalition politics, the rise and fall of Mardi Gras, HIV/AIDS, queer challenges, sex, drugs and disco, community and personal identities, privacy, street violence, religion and family.