Degrees of Latitude. "Colonialism and Homosexuality" by Robert Aldrich. [review]
Aldrich’s book concentrates only on all-male homosexual experiences of the Imperial world, though it extends its geographical boundaries as far south as Australia, notably Sydney: 'Sodom of the South Seas', as it used to be called in the mid-nineteenth century, and the author's own current home base. Fellow Sydneysider Donald Friend, 'the gay Gauguin' as he’s styled here, nonetheless felt impelled for long periods of his artistic career to seek 'a wild, tropical, exotic life among dark-skinned native people', basing himself in Ceylon for half a decade and Bali for nearly a decade and a half. These are two of the epicentres of Aldrich's study.