The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers by Mark Gevisser

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September 2020, no. 424
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Dennis Altman reviews 'The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers' by Mark Gevisser

The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers

by Mark Gevisser

Profile Books, $49.99 hb, 536 pp

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The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers by Mark Gevisser

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September 2020, no. 424

In 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed that ‘gay rights are human rights’. This statement, which would seem uncontroversial to most readers of ABR, was widely attacked as a symbol of Western neo-colonialism. Combined with the 2015 US Supreme Court recognition of same-sex marriage, gay rights were seen by many religious and political leaders as a threat to tradition, culture, and religion, even when, as in many parts of Africa and the Pacific, laws proscribing homosexual behaviour are the legacy of nineteenth-century colonialism.

Debates over sexuality and gender have become central to global culture wars. For Mark Gevisser this has created ‘a pink line’, a more vivid term than the concept of polarisation which Jon Symons and I used in our book Queer Wars (2016). As sexual and gender diversity seems to blossom in some parts of the world so too do stigma and repression, usually fostered by religious and political authority. From Putin to Bolsonaro, many of today’s despots have used queers as a convenient scapegoat.

Dennis Altman reviews 'The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers' by Mark Gevisser

The Pink Line: The world’s queer frontiers

by Mark Gevisser

Profile Books, $49.99 hb, 536 pp

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