After Homosexual: The legacies of gay liberation
Forty years have passed since the publication of Dennis Altman’s crucial text, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, which captured the vibrant and violent explosions of the gay liberation movement. On this anniversary, Carolyn D’Cruz and Mark Pendleton have compiled an impressive band of writers, activists, historians and founders of the liberation movement.
The anthology captures the voices of people who were at the forefront forty years ago, or who can comment on the emergence of one of the most successful movements of identity politics. It includes chapters from founding activists of the Gay Liberation Front, from prominent historians, from people reflecting on personal connections within the social movements, from contemporary literary figures and academics, and reproduces some of the key speeches, manifestos and ephemera of the early movements.
After Homosexual also looks to the future of the gay liberation movement; the challenges, the different measures of success and the opportunities for political and social transformation.
Praise for After Homosexual:
The book is an excellent historical examination of the roots of today’s (Western) multifaceted queer rights movement and an excellent resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, general researchers, or even lay readers who have an interest in the area of queer history.LIMINA JOURNAL