[csaa-forum] Homosexual Rights Book

Baden Offord rofford at scu.edu.au
Wed May 18 07:45:49 CST 2005


I hope you do not mind me sharing this news for your interest.

kind regards

This is the latest media release posted by Southern Cross University 
- Thursday 12 May 2005.


Homosexual rights book earns national prize

Southern Cross University senior lecturer in Cultural Studies and 
Director of the Centre for Law, Politics and Culture Dr Baden Offord 
has been awarded the annual George Duncan Memorial Award for his book 
Homosexual Rights as Human Rights.

The book (published in 2003), on homosexual rights as human rights in 
Indonesia, Singapore and Australia, was described as "groundbreaking" 
and "an important contribution to the struggle for equal rights 
worldwide" by the George Duncan Memorial committee.

The national George Duncan Memorial Award commemorates the murder, 
with no subsequent conviction for the crime, of law lecturer Dr 
George Duncan near the University of Adelaide in 1972. South 
Australia later became the first state to decriminalise homosexual 
acts in 1975.

Dr Offord said receiving the award was an honour. He said he was 14 
when Dr Duncan was murdered and remembered the news at that time.

"Australia has come some was way in the past 30 years, but it would 
be incorrect to think that enough has been accomplished to end overt 
and covert discrimination in our society and families," he said.

"Sexuality, that dimension of being human which makes us most 
vulnerable, is still caught up in social and cultural apartheids."

In the foreword to Homosexual Rights as Human Rights, the Hon. 
Justice Michael Kirby compared the work to the pioneering studies of 
Alfred Kinsey and said Dr Offord pushed the boundaries of 
understanding, knowledge and acceptance.

The award, in its second year, is presented for an outstanding piece 
of work contributing to legal reform and the betterment of the 
Australian lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, transgender or intersex 

The George Duncan Memorial Award 2005 was announced at a ceremony in 
Adelaide on Tuesday, May 10.

Media contact: Brigid Veale, SCU Media Liaison, 66593006 or m. 0439 680 748.

Dr Baden Offord
BA (Syd) BA (Hons) PhD (SCU) MACE
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and History

BA Course Coordinator
Director, Centre for Law, Politics & Culture
Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee

School of Arts
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157 Lismore 2480

Telephone: + 61 2 66203 162
Fax: + 61 2 66 221 683

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