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Homosexual: Oppresion & Liberation

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"A pleasure...a really sensitive, lucid account of his personal liberation...a penetrating analysis of the political premises and goals and philosophical background of the movement."-The New York Times"The one to read...may very well be the most intelligible and best written books on the subject."-The Minneapolis Tribune

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Paperback, 278 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by New York University Press (first published 1971)
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This 1971 book gives the reader a deeper understanding of the LGBT person than almost any other book since. Through the historical lens of the emerging gay liberation movements across the world, Altman manages to give a penetrating look at the LGBT person and its community with its strengths, challenges and future. He manages to discuss, quite in depth, about a number of issues that, I believe, are central to the understanding of the end goal of the initial gay rights groups; issues like the ...more
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Dennis Altman is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard.

He has written eleven books exploring sexuality and politics, and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States, and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America, AIDS and the New Puritanism, Rehearsals for Change, The C
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