Dennis Altman // Can the United Nations Empower Queer Rights?

November 3, 2016

As a number of states, led by the U.S., push for international recognition of LGBT rights, there is an emerging global polarization, with strong opposition to this development from Russia and most Arab and African governments. Dennis Altman, professorial fellow in human security at LaTrobe University, discussed how to further the struggle for queer rights without entrenching the idea that this is the imposition of western values against the claims of culture, tradition and religion.

Dennis AltmanDennis Altman

Professorial Fellow in Human Security
LaTrobe University


Dennis Altman is the author of thirteen books ever since Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation was published in 1972. The Bulletin named him one of the 100 most influential Australians in 2006, 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 and a member of the International AIDS Society governing council and Oxfam Australia board. His recent books include The End of the Homosexual?; Queer Wars with Jon Symons; and How to Vote Progressive in Australia, co-edited with Sean Scalmer.

This lecture was part of the 2016-2017 USC Global Health Lecture Series and co-hosted by the USC Institute for Global Health, Program on Global Health & Human Rights and Center for Feminist Research.