PERHAPS IT would be best to start by thanking all the unnamed gay Cubans, living in Cuba or in exile, who have helped me in countless ways. This book could not have been written without their help. I have decided not to acknowledge by name those gays who live in Cuba to save them any possible embarrassment. I would also like to thank the staff at the José Martí National Library, the National Center for Sexual Education, and the National Center for Health Education in Havana.
Many friends have supported this project throughout the years. They must be as relieved as I am that it is over. A special thanks, in no particular order, to Hugh English, Leonel Pedroso, Bob Davis, Luis Zapata, Max Mejía, David Thorstad, Ken Moffatt, Linda Briskin, and Louise Jacobs. I am very grateful to Virginia Smith, who made the final manuscript more readable, and to Karen Wald, who despite our considerable ideological differences devoted much time to drawing my attention to problematic contentions and factual errors.
Atkinson College and York University have helped me in various ways, mostly by facilitating my visits to Cuba, for which I am obliged. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the editorial staff of Temple University Press, and Elizabeth Johns, for their constructive and supportive editing of this manuscript. I am very pleased that they have chosen to publish my book since I have great respect for their work and publishing philosophy.