Professor Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to notice with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation in 1972. A renowned activist, he is the Director of the Institute of Human Security at La Trobe University and was appointed the Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University in 2005. He is an expert in human rights and justice, gender, culture and sexuality. He is the author of 11 books, including Gore Vidal’s America, and 51st State? which explores sexuality, politics and their global interrelationships.