Author: Gary Kinsman

Profile: Gary William Kinsman is a longtime Canadian sociologist, queer liberation, anti-capitalist and anti-oppression activist. He is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He completed his education at Laurentian University. One of the main important Canadian texts on LGBT social history, ‘Regulation of Desire’ has been written by him in 1987 which was printed again in 1995.

The second work federal government surveillance of dissident and marginal social and political groups in Canada, ‘Whose National Security?’ was co-authored and edited by him in 2000. The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation’ is his latest book in 2010, which he co-wrote with Patrizia Gentile. The University of British Columbia Press published and released it on March 1. He is a sociology professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.


Writing style: The prime focus of Gary Kinsman’s research and publication is on sociological perspectives of LGBT issues. He is a social activist on social justice, feminist, anti-poverty and trade union issues. His area of interest is LGBT related issues. He is one of the leading academics on transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian issues in Canada.

Published Texts:

Gary Kinsman is a writer for The Body Politic and central figure in the publication of ‘Rites’ the successor magazine. ‘Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere’ has been founded by him. He has also founded the Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee of Toronto.

1987 – The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities: Montreal, New York: Black Rose

2000 – Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies Toronto: Between the Lines

Awards and Acknowledgements:

In 1997 he was one of the organizers of Sudbury’s first ever event called the Sudbury Pride event.

A campaign was lobbied in 2015 to obtain a formal apology from the Canadian Government for the purges of LGBT people from the federal civil service in the 1950s and 1960s.

He is also editor of Mine Mill Fights Back and many other articles on sexual and gender politics.