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Latin America: Gay (GLBT) Life & Movements

(see also Gay & Lesbian History, Life & Values & Gay & Lesbian Movements)

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On the Web: Articles

Homosexuality & Political Activism in Latin American Culture: An Area for Popular Culture & Comix. Jeff Williams, Other Voices (9/98).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

In the Library: Articles

Adam, Barry D. "In Nicaragua: homosexuality without a gay world," Journal of Homosexuality 24 (1993).

Almaguer, Tomás. "Chicano men: a cartography of homosexual identity & behavior," in H. Abelove & others (eds.) The Lesbian & Gay Studies Reader (NY: Routledge, 1993).

Bao, Daniel. "'Invertidos sexuales, tortilleras & maricas machos': the construction of homosexuality in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1900-1950," Journal of Homosexuality 24 (1993).

Carrier, Joseph M. "Family attitudes & Mexican male homosexuality," Urban Life 1,5 (1976-77):359-75.

__________. "Cultural factors affecting urban male Mexican homosexual behavior," Archives of Sexual Behavior 6 (1977):153-65.

__________. "Mexican male bisexuality," Journal of Homosexuality 11 (1985).

Green, James N. "The gay & lesbian movement in Brazil," in R. Levine & J. Crocitti (eds.) The Brazil Reader (Durham NC: Duke, 1999), pp. 454-61.

Irwin, Robert McKee. "The famous 41: the scandalous birth of modern Mexican homosexuality," GLQ 6 (2000).

Kutsche, Paul. "Situational homosexuality in Costa Rica," Anthropology Research Group on Homosexuality Newsletter 4 (1983).

Lancaster, Roger N. "Subject honor & object shame: the construction of male homosexuality & stigma in Nicaragua," Ethnology 27 (1988).

__________. "Sexual positions: caveats & second thoughts on 'categories'," The Americas 54,1

Lennox, David R. "Gay life in macho Mexico," Christopher Street (7-8/77):6-18,34-42.

Mendes-Leite, Rommel. "The game of appearance: the 'ambigusexuality' in Brazilian culture of sexuality," Journal of Homosexuality 25 (1993).

Nesvig, Martin. "The lure of the perverse: moral negotiation of pederasty in Porfirian Mexico," Mexican Studies 16 (2000).

__________. "The complicated terrain of Latin American homosexuality," Hispanic American Historical Review 81,3-4 (8-11/01):689-729.

Schaefer-Rodríguez, Claudia. "The power of subversive imagination: homosexual utopian discourse in contemporary Mexican literature," Latin American Literary Review 17 (1989).

Taylor, Clark L. Jr. "Mexican gay life in historical perspective," Gay Sunshine 26-27 (1975-76):1-3.

__________. "How Mexicans define homosexuality: labeling & the buga view," Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 53-54 (1978).

__________. "Mexican male homosexual interaction in public contexts," Journal of Homosexuality 11 (1985).

Villanueva Collado, Alfredo. "Machismo vs. gayness: Latin American fiction," Gay Sunshine 29-30 (1976).

Young, Allen. "The Cuban Revolution & gay liberation," in K. Jay & A. Young (eds.) Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation (NY: NYU, 1992).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Aggleton, Peter (ed.) Bisexualities & AIDS: International Perspectives (London: Taylor & Francis, 1996).

Balderston, D. & D. Guy (eds.) Sex & Sexuality in Latin America (NY, 1997).

Bellinghausen, Herman (ed.) El nuevo arte de amar: usos y costumbres sexuales en México (México: Cal y Arena, 1990).

Carrier, Joseph. De los otros: Intimacy & Homosexuality among Mexican Men (NY: Columbia, 1995).

Daniel, Herbert & Richard Parker. Sexuality, Politics & AIDS in Brazil: Another World? (London: Falmer, 1993).

Green, James N. Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in 20th-C. Brazil (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 1999).

Hazen, Dan C. (ed.) Latin American Masses & Minorities: Their Images & Realities (2 vols.; Madison: U. of Wisconsin, 1987).

Herdt, Gilbert (ed.) Sexual Cultures & Migration in the Era of AIDS: Anthropological & Demographic Perspectives (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997).

Kulick, Don. Travesti: Sex, Gender & Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 1998).

Lumsden, Ian. Homosexuality, Society & the State in Mexico (Toronto: Canadian Gay Archives, 1991).

__________. Machos, Maricones & Gays: Cuba & Homosexuality (Philadelphia: Temple, 1996).

Misse, Michael. O estigma do passivo sexual (Rio de Janeiro: Achiamé, 1979).

Murray, Stephen O. (ed.) Male Homosexuality in Central & South America (San Francisco: Instituto Obregón, 1987).

__________. Latin American Male Homesexualities (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1995).

Novo, Salvador. Las locas, el sexo y los burdeles (México, 1979).

Parker, Richard G. Bodies, Pleasures & Passions: Sexual Culture in Contemporary Brazil (Boston: Beacon, 1991).

__________; Cristiana Bastos, Jane Galvão & José Stalin Pedrosa (eds.) A AIDS no Brasil, 1982-1992 (Rio de Janeiro: Relume-Dumará, 1994).

__________. Beneath the Equator: Cultures of Desires, Male Homosexuality & Emerging Gay Communities in Brazil (NY, 1999).

Prieur, Annick. Mena's House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens & Machos (Chicago:U. of Chicago, 1998).

Salessi, Jorge. Médicos, maleantes y maricas: higiene, criminología y homosexualidade de la construcción de la nación argentina: Buenos Aires, 1871-1914 (Rosario: B. Viterbo, 1995).

Schaefer, Claudia. Danger Zones: Homosexuality, National Identity & Mexican Culture (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1996).

Trevisan, João Silvério. Devassos no Paraíso: a homosexualidade no Brasil, da colonia à atualidade (São Paulo, 1986).

Vainfas, Ronaldo (ed.) História e sexualidade no Brasil (Rio, 1986).

__________. Trópico dos pecados: moral, sexualidade e Inquisição no Brasil (Rio de Janeiro: Campus, 1989).

Young, Allen. Gays under the Cuban Revolution (San Francisco: Grey Fox, 1981).

In the Library: Fiction

Lemebel, Pedro. Tengo miedo torero (My Tender Matador) (Barcelona: Anagrama, 2001; English trans. Katherine Silver; NY: Grove, 2003). Gay love & radical politics in Santiago under Pinochet.

Leyland, Winston (ed.) Now the Volcano: An Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature (San Francisco, 1979).

__________. My Deep Dark Pain is Love: A Collection of Latin American Gay Fiction (San Francisco, 1983).

Vallejo, Fernando. La virgen de los sicarios (Bogotá: Alfaguara, 1994).

Zapata, Luis. Las aventuras, desaventuras y sueños de Adonis García, el vampiro de la colonia Roma (Adonis Garcia: A Picaresque Novel) (México: Grijalbo, 1979; English trans. E.A. Lacey; San Francisco: Gay Sunshine, 1981).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Before Night Falls" [2000], dir. Julian Schnaibel, 133m. In video stores. Gay Cuban writer confronts political repression & AIDS.

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" [1985], dir. Hector Babenco, 120m. In video stores. Jail friendship between a political prisoner & a gay man confined for "immoral behavior."

"Looking for a Space: Lesbians & Gay Men in Cuba" [200?], dir. Kelly Anderson, 38m. From Filmakers' Library.

"Madame Satã" [2002], dir. Karim Ainouz, 105m. Fascinating true story of 1930s Black ex-bandit & convict who achieves success as a transvestite performer in Rio de Janeiro.

"Mamá... I Have Something to Tell You" [1996], dir. Calogero Salvo, 41m. From Cinema Guild. Gay exile goes home to "come out" to his mother.

"Our Lady of the Assassins (La virgen de los sicarios)" [2000], dir. Barbet Schroeder, 98m. In video stores. Writer returned from exile sees violent world of Medellín in 90s through eyes of young lover, a professional assassin.

"Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y chocolate)" [1994], dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío, 108m. In video stores. Friendships of an ageing gay writer amidst homophobia of early revolutionary Cuba.

"The Supreme Uneasiness: Incessant Portrait of Fernando Vallejo (La desazón suprema, retrato incesante de Fernando Vallejo)" [2003], dir. Luis Ospina, 90m. From Latin American Video Archives. Intimate documentary on famous author of Our Lady of the Assassins.

"They Shine... On Being Gay in Morelos, Mexico (Se lucen)" [2002], dir. Greg Berger, 13m. From Latin American Video Archives.

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