Well-known author and academic Dennis Altman will discuss international human rights and sexuality at a seminar in Melbourne this month.

The seminar – Acceptance or Execution: the global divide around homosexuality – will be part of a series of speaking events run by the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society to look at issues of sexuality and health.

Altman will discuss the inclusion of sexuality in an international human rights context and why sexuality, and particularly homosexuality, has become crucial in debates about human rights.

Known for his groundbreaking 1972 book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation, Altman was also president of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific from 2001-5 and is currently LaTrobe University’s professor of politics and director of the Institute for Human Security. He is the only Australian member on the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society.

The seminar runs from 12 – 1pm, August 17 at the LaTrobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne.

The event is open for the public to attend.

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