Machos, Maricones, and Gays: Cuba and Homosexuality

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FIVE
Homosexuality and Sexual Education in the 1980s

THE INSTITUTIONALIZED homophobia of the 1960s and 1970--when the policies and actions of the Cuban government seemed designed to incite the prejudice against homosexuals already deeply rooted in Cuban culture--is much diminished today. Still, the Cuban regime's cultural and ideological preoccupations have come in waves, and there is no guarantee that increased official tolerance (not support) of homosexuals cannot be reversed. Certainly there is no institutional protection for homosexuality because of the real power structure in Cuba (that is, Fidel Castro and those in his trust), as opposed to the formal organization of People's Power (Poder Popular) and even of the Communist Party itself.

There is good reason to believe that the present leadership remains instinctively homophobic, though now it may be intellectually more open to the possibility that homosexuality is not "pathological" and that homosexuals are not by their very nature diseased child molesters. It would be jejune to believe otherwise because of the current leaders' ages--sixty or seventy-odd years

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