The basic thesis of this book is that the gay movement has settled for accommodation rather than radical change, ignoring the ways in which larger social and economic inequalities impact on large numbers of homosexual and transsexual people, especially those who are not white or middle class. This is not a new critique, although it is one that is particularly resonant in Donald Trump’s America. Has the Gay Movement Failed? could be an important corrective to the more triumphalist account that sees changes in attitudes to sexual and gender diversity as some of the major progressive gains of the past half century.
Dennis Altman reviews 'Has The Gay Movement Failed?' by Martin Duberman
Has The Gay Movement Failed?
by Martin Duberman
University of California Press (Footprint), $54.99 hb, 247 pp, 978020298866
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Dennis Altman is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, and the author of fourteen books. His most recent books are Queer Wars (with Jonathan Symons) and How to vote Progressive (co-edited with Sean Scalmer), both published in 2016.
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