Writer

Dennis Altman

    Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, is the author of 13 books since Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation was first published in 1972. In 2006, The Bulletin listed Altman as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008. He has been President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-2015), a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society (2004-2012) and the Board of Oxfam Australia (2006-2010). His most recent books are The End of the Homosexual? (2013) and, with Jon Symons, Queer Wars (2016) andHow to Vote Progressive in Australia (2016), co-edited with Sean Scalmer.

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    Queer Wars

    The claim that LGBT rights are human rights encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance to LGBT rights to cast themselves as defenders of traditional values against neo-colonial interference and western decadence. Queer Wars explores the growing international polarization over sexual rights, and the creative responses from social movements and activists, some of whom face murder, imprisonment or rape because of their perceived sexuality or gender expression. This book asks why sexuality and gender identity have become so vexed an issue between and within nations, and how we can best advocate for change.