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Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist
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Dennis Altman
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Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist

Dennis Altman


9781925835120

Monash University Publishing


Biography;
Biography: historical, political & military


Paperback

256 pages

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'Harvey was shot, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978, and San Francisco and much of the Castro feels as if not much has changed since he worked the streets to build a gay political machine. Where his camera shop stood there is now a manicure salon, next to the storefront of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, so that if one skews one's view it becomes possible to read their adjoining signs as: Hand Jobs are a Human Right , as indeed they are.' Dennis Altman first travelled from Australia to the United States when Lyndon Johnson was President, beginning a long obsession with the US. In the early 1970s he was involved in New York Gay Liberation; his 1971 study Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, is widely regarded as a classic work in its field. In the 1980s Altman lived in San Francisco during the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Later he sat on the Australian National Council on AIDS and international organisations including, as president, the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific.

The election of Donald Trump took place while Altman was back in California on one of his frequent visits. In this diarised memoir, moving between Australia, the United States, Europe and parts of Asia, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Christopher Isherwood and many others people a story of a half century of activism, intellectualism, friendship and conflict.

'From Lyndon Johnson to Trump, Altman's diary takes us from the early days of AIDS to gay liberation against a backdrop of Australia's strange love for America.' - Gillian Triggs `An ingenious combining of memoir and analysis, personal reflection and social science.' - Frank Bongiorno

By:   Dennis Altman
Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925835120
ISBN 10:   192583512X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at LaTrobe University, has published thirteen books, most recently The End of the Homosexual? and (with Jon Symons) Queer Wars. In 2006, The Bulletin listed Dennis Altman as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

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