Australian homophobia is deeply rooted in its colonial past | Rodney Croome | Opinion | The Guardian

In our early 19th century single-sex prisons the only bond strong enough to withstand the inducements to inform on your fellows, and the punishments meted out to surly inmates, was romantic love.This is why prison officials went to such extreme lengths to separate same-sex convict couples by relocating them to prisons hundreds of kilometres apart.Their fears were real. Same-sex bonds were at the centre of prison rebellions like the flash mob at the Cascades Female Factory or the Ring on Norfolk Island.

Source: Australian homophobia is deeply rooted in its colonial past | Rodney Croome | Opinion | The Guardian