Lunchbox/Soapbox: Dennis Altman: The End of the Homosexual?
Dennis Altman reflects on decades of cultural and political change, both local and global, and considers the future of sexuality: is this the end of the homosexual that gay liberationists predicted 40 years ago?
Homosexuality has become a faultline for debates about western influence and human rights. In his new book The End of the Homosexual? – part memoir, part politics – Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past 40 years to larger social, political and cultural trends. Read an extract here.
Dennis Altman is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.
He is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book, which has often been compared to Germaine Greer’s Female Eunuch and Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today. (In 2012 University of Queensland Press issued a 40th anniversary edition, and an anthology based on the book, After Homosexual, was published in 2014.)