Gary Kinsman

Gary Kinsman teaches in the Department of Sociology, Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.Gary has been a strong force in lesbian/gay, feminist, labor union, global justice, anti-poverty, and left issues. He was a central figure in the publication of Rites (1984-1991), a Canadian national gay and lesbian magazine published out of Toronto. He helped found Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE) and the Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee of Toronto. He was later involved in AIDS ACTION NOW!, and in AIDS organizing in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. He helped to organize the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Two-Spirited Pride march in Sudbury in 1997.


Kinsman, Gary. “Against national security: from the Canadian war on queers to the ‘War on terror’.” In Locating Global Order : American Power and Canadian Security after 9/11. / Edited by Bruno Charbonneau and Wayne S. Cox. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010: p.149-166. FC242 .L63 2010


Kinsman, Gary. “The Canadian national security war on queers and the left.” In New World Coming: the Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness. / Edited by Karen Dubinsky … [et al.]. Toronto : Between the Lines, 2009: p.77-86. D848 .N485 2009


Kinsman, Gary; Gentile, Patrizia. The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation. / Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009. HQ76.3.C3 K54 2010

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See review by Mark Lovewell “Dangerous liaisons: revealing the hidden history of anti-gay security measures in Canada.” Literary Review of Canada (LRC). 18(5) (June 2010): 9-10.

Kinsman, Gary. “Allan Bérubé, 1946-2007.” Against the Current. 135 (July/August 2008).

Allan Bérubé was a community-based historian whose book, Coming Out Under Fire, The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two, (New York: The Free Press, 1990), was very influential for research conducted outside of a academic position.


Kinsman, Gary.”Mapping social relations of struggle: activism, ethnography, social organization.” In Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research. / Edited by Caelie Frampton, Gary Kinsman, A.K. Thompson and Kate Tilleczek. Black Point, N.S.; Winnipeg: Fernwood, 2006: p.133-156. HN18.3 .S63 2006

See review by Scott Neigh “Review: Sociology for Changing the World.” Upping the Anti. no.3, 2006.

Kinsman, Gary. “The creation of homosexuality as a ‘social problem’.” In Moral Regulation and Governance in Canada: History, Context and Critical Issues. / Edited by Amanda Glasbeek. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2006: p. 85-115. KE417.M67 G58 2006

(Reprinted from The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities, 1996).

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Kinsman, Gary. “‘These things may lead to the tragedy of our species’: the emergence of homosexuality, lesbianism, and heterosexuality in Canada.” In Sexing the Maple: a Canadian Sourcebook. Edited by Richard Cavell and Peter Dickinson.  Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2006.

Kinsman, Gary. “Toronto Pride 1981 – setting the historical record queer.” Autonomy & Solidarity. June 22, 2005. Pride organizing was a project of Gay Liberation Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE).

Brock, Deborah. “‘Workers of the world caress’: an interview with Gary Kinsman on gay and lesbian organizing in the 1970’s Toronto Left.” Left History. 9(2) (Spring/Summer 2004). Online interview.


Kinsman, Gary. “The Canadian Cold War on queers: sexual regulation and resistance.” In Love, Hate, and Fear in Canada’s Cold War. / Edited by Richard Cavell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004: p.109-132. FC95.4 .L69 2004


Kinsman, Gary.”National security as moral regulation: making the normal and the deviant in the security campaigns against gay men and lesbians.” In Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada. / Edited by Deborah Brock. Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning, 2003: p.121-145. HM811 .M34 2003

See also: Kinsman, Gary.”Queerness in not in our genes: biological determinism versus social liberation.” p.262-284.


Kinsman, Gary. “Challenging Canadian and queer nationalisms.” In In a Queer Country: Gay and Lesbian Studies in the Canadian Context. / Edited by Terry Goldie. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002: p.209-234. HQ75.16.C3 I52 2001

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Awards and Honours

2002 Lambda Literary Award (Nominated)

See review by Stephen Guy-Bray “Queer and now.” In Canadian Literature. 180 (Spring 2004): 137-138.
See review by Oren Howlett in Cultural Studies Review. 8(2), November 2002.

Kinsman, Gary. “Different rainbows, Third World queer liberation.” Against the Current. 96 (January/February 2002): 5 p.

Review of Different Rainbows, edited by Peter Drucker. Gay Men’s Press: London, 2000.

Kinsman, Gary. “Gays and lesbians: pushing the boundaries.” In Canadian Society: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century. / Edited by Dan Glenday and Ann Duffy. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2001: p.212-246. HN103.5 .C292 2001

Rayside, David. “Kinsman, Gary.” In Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present. / Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. London: Routledge, 2001: p.230-231.


Kinsman, Gary. “Constructing gay men and lesbians as national security risks, 1950-1970.” In Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies. / Edited by Gary Kinsman, Dieter K. Buse, and Mercedes Steedman. Toronto, ON: Between the Lines Press, 2000: p.143-153. JL86.I58 W53 2000

Kinsman, Gary; Gentile; Patrizia. “In the Interests of the State”: The Anti-gay, Anti-lesbian National Security Campaign in Canada: A Preliminary Research Report / by Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile with the assistance of Heidi McDonell and Mary Mahood-Greer. [Sudbury, Ont.] : Laurentian University, 1998. 146pp.

Kinsman, Gary. “Constructing sexual problems: ‘These things may lead to the tragedy of our species’.” In Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues. / Edited by Les Samuelson and Wayne Anthony. Halifax, NS: Fernwood, 1998: p.256-282. HN103.5 .P68 1998

Kinsman, Gary. “Managing AIDS organizing: ‘consultation,’ ‘partnership,’ and ‘responsibility’ as strategies of regulation.” In Organizing Dissent: Contemporary Social Movements in Theory and Practice. 2nd rev. ed. / Edited by William K. Carroll. Toronto, ON: Garamond Press, 1997: p.215-231. HN107 .O75 1997


Kinsman, Gary. The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities. 2nd ed., rev. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1996. 423pp. HQ76.3.C3 K55 1996

Kinsman, Gary. “‘Character weaknesses’ and ‘fruit machines’ : towards an analysis of the anti-homosexual security campaign in the Canadian Civil Service.” Labour / Le travail. 35 (Spring 1995): p.133-161. HD8101 .L22

Kinsman, Gary. “The textual practices of sexual rule: sexual policing and gay men.” In Knowledge, Experience, and Ruling Relations: Studies in the Social Organization of Knowledge. / Edited by Marie Campbell and Ann Manicom. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995: p.80-95. HM24 .K56 1995

Kinsman, Gary. “‘Heterosexual hegemony.” Canadian Dimension. 28(3) (May/June 1994): p.21-24.

On the Cold War era in Canada and homosexuals treated as “security threat” during the 1950s and 1960s.

Kinsman, Gary. “‘Inverts,’ ‘psychopaths,’ and ‘normal’ men: historical sociological perspectives on gay and heterosexual masculinities.” In Men and Masculinities: A Critical Anthology. / Edited by Tony Haddad. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1993: p.3-35. HQ1090 .M428 1993

Kinsman, Gary. “Not in our genes: against biological and genetic determinism.” In Sociologists’ Lesbian and Gay Caucus Newsletter. 76 (Fall 1993): p.4-6.

Kinsman, Gary. “The Hughes Commission: making homosexuality the problem once again.” In New Maritimes. 11 (3) (January/February 1993): p.17-19.

Kinsman, Gary. “‘Homosexuality’ historically re-considered challenges heterosexual hegemony.” In Journal of Historical Sociology. 4 (2) (June 1991): p.91-111.

Kinsman, Gary. “Review of David F. Greenberg’s The Construction of Homosexuality.” Canadian Journal of Sociology. 15 (1) (Winter 1990): p.112-115. HM1 .C35

Kinsman, Gary. The Regulation of Desire: Sexuality in Canada. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1987. 233pp. HQ18.C2 K56

See review by Steven Maynard in Labour / Le Travail. 23 (Spring 1989): 319-321. HD8101 .L22
See review by John Preston in Lambda Rising Book Report. 1(1) (1987): 5.
See review by Keith Alcorn in Square Peg. 19 (1988): 38.

Kinsman, Gary. “More on Sex and the State and social construction.” In Sociologists Gay Caucus Newsletter. 46: ?, January 1986. Comments on the conference, “Sex and the State: Their Laws, Our Lives,” held in Toronto in June 1985.


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