(born 1955 in Toronto
) is a Canadian sociologist
. He is one of Canada's leading academics on lesbian
issues. In 1987, he wrote one of the key Canadian texts on LGBT social history, Regulation of Desire
, reprinted in 1995. In 2000, he edited and co-authored a second work, on Canadian federal government surveillance
of marginal and dissident political and social groups, Whose National Security?
In 2010, Kinsman's newest book, The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation
, co-written with Patrizia Gentile, was published by University of British Columbia Press
and released on March 1.
A professor of sociology at Laurentian University
, Kinsman's research and publication focuses primarily on the sociological perspectives of LGBT issues. Kinsman is also a social activist on feminist
, labor union
, social justice
Kinsman was a writer for The Body Politic
and a central figure in the publication of the successor magazine Rites
. He helped found Gays and Lesbians Against the Right Everywhere and the Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee of Toronto
In Sudbury, he was one of the organizer's of the city's first-ever Sudbury Pride
event in 1997.
- The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities : Montreal, New York: Black Rose: (1987, 1995): ISBN 0-920057-81-0, ISBN 1-55164-040-6
- Whose National Security? Canadian......