Machos, Maricones, and Gays: Cuba and Homosexuality


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.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 1996


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