Mads Ananda Lodahl is a Danish writer and lecturer. He works in the fields of gender, sexuality, LGBT, minorities and diversity.
He talked at TEDxCopenhagen 2013, and for more than 10 years he has given workshops and lectures regularly to all kinds of audiences – from Danish teenagers and Turkish activists, to Norwegian secret police and international NGOs. He participates in panel discussions and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and festivals.
He writes fiction and non-fiction, and publishes in books, magazines and online media. / Read articles (Danish)
He is the author of the book ‘Upassende Opførsel‘ (inappropriate behavior) that came out in 2018. The book includes 50 essays on gender and sexuality and was recieved with much praise and attention from Danish readers and media.
He reviews books and movies for the Danish national newspaper Dagbladet Information, has worked as a sex counselor and advice columnist for young people at The Danish Family Planning Association (Sex & Samfund) and as a receptionist in gay sex clubs. He hosts a monthly radio podcast about queer theory at Universitetsradioen (The University Radio in Copenhagen) and engages in the public debate around his subjects. / Press
He completed a bachelor degree in teaching at N Zahle Teachers’ College, where he wrote his thesis on deviating gender and sexuality in public schools. The thesis was subsequently released as an article in the renowned magazine ‘Social Kritik’. After the bachelor of education he followed a course in queer theory at Copenhagen University and took a course in conflict management.
In 2005 he was the co-founder of the Danish, underground group Queer Jihad. The group published a book in 2013, which received positive reviews in Danish LGBT-media and national press. Lodahl was the editor and a co-writer of the book. / Read reviews and buy the book (Danish)
In 2006 he was a co-founder of the annual Copenhagen Queer Festival. In 2006-2008 he taught self defence to young queers and their friends. He has curated a monthly queer film club in Copenhagen and Berlin since the fall of 2005 and has been constantly involved in queer and gender activism at grassroots level since 2003.
He was nominated for Denmark’s finest feminist Award, the ‘Suzanne Gieses Memorial Award’, in 2014 and 2015. He has been called one of feminism’s strongest voices and one of the most important and original people in the Danish gender debate.
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