Dennis Altman is in the UK to discuss his new co-authorewd book Queer Wars. Event £3 entry on the door. Refreshments provided.
by Dennis Altman, Jonathan Symons
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 moral corruption.
Queer Wars explores the growing international polarisation over sexual rights, and the creative responses this is prompting among social movements and activists, some of whom face murder, imprisonment or rape because of their perceived sexuality or gender expression.
Drawing on international relations, anthropology, cultural studies and the burgeoning literature of the global LGBT movement, this book asks why homosexuality has become so vexed an issue between and within nations, and how we can best advocate for change. It argues that western activists must listen carefully and support local movements, rather than trumpet a universal ′gay rights agenda′ that risks endangering those it seeks to empower.
Dennis Altman is Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University
Jonathan Symons is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University
"Queer Wars is broad in its scope, engaging in its material, thorough in its conception, and passionate in its argument on how advocacy should build a consensus that protects sexual minorities globally from violence and discrimination. A book for strategists, activists, academics and international workers alike."
Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa
"The global struggle for sexual and gender minority rights is one of the most critical and contested human rights movements of our time. As queer communities mobilize, and the coming generation of young people worldwide express greater tolerance, acceptance and calls for freedom, the pushback has been intense. Altman and Symons have done us all an invaluable service in unpacking the complex politics around LGBT rights, demands, cultures and contexts. Queer Wars is essential reading for all engaged in pressing for more just, open and diverse societies."
Chris Beyrer, Johns Hopkins University and President of the International AIDS Society