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Author Lumsden, Ian.

Title Machos, maricones, and gays : Cuba and homosexuality / Ian Lumsden
Published Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 263 pages) : illustrations
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. An Introduction to Contemporary Cuba; 2. Machismo and Homosexuality before the Revolution; 3. Institutionalized Homophobia; 4. Homosexuality and the Law; 5. Homosexuality and Sexual Education in the 1980s; 6. The Erosion of Traditional Machismo; 7. Gay Life in Havana Today; 8. The Impact of AIDS; 9. An Imperfect Revolution in an Imperfect World; Appendix A: Cuban Sexual Values and African Religious Beliefs, by Tomás Fernández Robaina; Appendix B: El Pecado Original, by Pablo Milanés; Appendix C: Manifesto of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Cuba
Summary Since the Cuban revolution in 1959, male homosexuality has been a controversial aspect of Cuban society. In this strikingly honest and accurate portrayal of homosexual life, Ian Lumsden explores the treatment of male homosexuality under Castro within the framework of prerevolution prejudices and preconceptions. His remarkable first-hand report links the cultural history and current erosion of traditional "machismo," the correlation between traditional women's roles and the relationships between gay men, and homosexuality as defined by the law and as presented in typical sexual education. From the international controversy over state-imposed sanatoriums for HIV/AIDS patients to the underground gay social scene to the issues affecting gay life and family ties, Lumsden explores the differences between being publicly gay and being privately gay in Cuba
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-254) and index
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Subject Gays -- Cuba.
Homosexuality -- Cuba -- History -- 20th century.
Homosexuality -- Cuba.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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