Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

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Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli AM is an Australian academic, author and activist specializing in the study of gender, sexuality and intersectionality.[1] Pallotta-Chiarolli is an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, and a member of its Gender and Sexuality Studies Network and LGBTIQ+ Network, researching in gender diversity, cultural diversity, family diversity and sexual diversity.[2] She is also the author of Australia's first AIDS biography.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Two Lambda Literary Awards (GLBTIQ)[3] and 2 Bisexual Book Awards in the USA.[4]
  • Founding member of the Australian LGBTIQ+ Multicultural Council in 2004.[5]
  • 2001 Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category for Boys Stuff, and listed in the Australian Centre for Youth Literature's “150 Years,150 Books: Victoria's Most Treasured Books” list.
  • 2018, Victorian Globe Straight Ally Award.[6]
  • 2021, the national annual Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Writers' Fellowship was established in the WA Writers Centre.[7][8]
  • 2022 Australia Day Honours appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to the LGBTIQ community, and to education".[9]


  • Someone You Know: A Friend's Farewell, Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1991. (new edition, 2002)[10]
  • Girls Talk: Young Women Speak Their Hearts and Minds, Lane Cove, Sydney: Finch Publishing, 1998.
  • Tapestry: Italian Lives Over Five Generations, Milson's Point, Sydney: Random House, 1999.
  • Boys’ Stuff: Boys Talking About What Matters, co-edited with Wayne Martino Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2001.[11]
  • So What's A Boy? : Addressing Issues of Masculinity in Education with co-author Wayne Martino, London: Open University Press, 2003[12][13]
  • When Our Children Come Out: how to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people Sydney: Finch Publishing, 2005.
  • "Being Normal is the Only Thing To Be": Adolescents Perspectives on Gender at School, co-written with Wayne Martino, University of New South Wales Press,  2005.
  • Love You Two, Sydney: Random House, 2008.[14]
  • Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools,  New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.[15]
  • The Politics of Recognition and Social Justice: Transforming Subjectivities and New Forms of Resistance co-edited with Bob Pease, Routledge, 2014.
  • Queerying Families of Origin co-edited with Chiara Bertone; Taylor & Francis Books, Oxfordshire, 2015
  • Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion by Inclusion, and the Absence of Intersectionality; (edited) London: Routledge, 2015[16][17]
  • Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women. New York: Lexington Books, 2016.[18]
  • Living and Loving in Diversity: An Anthology of Australian Multicultural Queer Adventures. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2018.[19]


  1. ^ "Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". Deakin University.
  2. ^ Wade, Matthew (8 September 2015). "Victorian Government reveals new LGBTI Taskforce to be led by trans* advocate Brenda Appleton". Star Observer.
  3. ^ "Lambda Literary Awards". Deakin University.
  4. ^ "Finalists & Winners". The Bi Writers Association.
  5. ^ Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria (24 February 2011). ""Inclusion with Specificity": A Review of Becoming Visible: Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan by Beth Firestein". Journal of Bisexuality. 11 (1): 142–144. doi:10.1080/15299716.2011.545319. ISSN 1529-9716. S2CID 144213072.
  6. ^ Globe Victoria, Awards. "Community Awards". GLOBE VICTORIA.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers". Writing WA.
  8. ^ "Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers now open". OUTInPerth. 1 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Australia Day Honours List" (PDF). The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  10. ^ Chambers, Dr Alana Hulme (1 November 2014). "Someone You Know: A Friend's Farewell, By Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, and Society). 7 (8). doi:10.5561/gems.v7i8.5470 (inactive 31 December 2022). ISSN 1710-6923.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of December 2022 (link)
  11. ^ Fletcher, Richard; Hartman, Deborah (2003). "Book review: Boys' stuff: boys talking about what matters". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ Weaver-Hightower, Marcus (January 2004). "[Review of So What's a Boy?: Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling by Wayne Martino and Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli]". Discourse Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 25: 405–409.
  13. ^ "Book reviews". Gender and Education. 16 (2): 267–273. 1 June 2004. doi:10.1080/09540250310001690618. ISSN 0954-0253. S2CID 216643988.
  14. ^ Penn, Denise (3 April 2014). "Love You Two (2008) by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". Journal of Bisexuality. 14 (2): 303–305. doi:10.1080/15299716.2014.907056. ISSN 1529-9716. S2CID 145130757.
  15. ^ McKinnon, Scott (November 2013). "Border sexualities, border families in schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, and Society). 6 (3): 34–35.
  16. ^ Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria (1 January 2014). "Erasure, Exclusion by Inclusion, and the Absence of Intersectionality: Introducing Bisexuality in Education". Journal of Bisexuality. 14 (1): 7–17. doi:10.1080/15299716.2014.872454. ISSN 1529-9716. S2CID 144116755.
  17. ^ Cain, Leia K. (3 April 2019). "Bisexuality in education: Erasure, exclusion, and the absence of intersectionality". Journal of LGBT Youth. 16 (2): 227–229. doi:10.1080/19361653.2018.1524323. ISSN 1936-1653. S2CID 149727002.
  18. ^ Hutchins, Loraine (1 October 2016). "Women in Relationship with Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". Journal of Bisexuality. 16 (4): 507–515. doi:10.1080/15299716.2016.1241093. ISSN 1529-9716. S2CID 151562854.
  19. ^ "Living and loving in diversity edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli". ReadPlus.

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