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Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli


Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli 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 founding member of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council.

Her books include Someone You Know (considered to be Australia’s first AIDS biography); and two collections of young people’s voices, writing and art: 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 publication, co-edited with Bob Pease, is The Politics of Recognition and Social Justice: Transforming Subjectivities and New Forms of Resistance. Maria is now working on her book: Outside Belonging: Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men for Rowman & Littlefield.

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