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The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America
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The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America presents the first English-language reader on LGBT politics in Latin America. Representing a range of contemporary works by scholars, activists, analysts, and politicians, the chapters address LGBT issues in nations from Cuba to Argentina. In their many findings, two main themes emerge: the struggle for LGBT rights has made significant inroads in the first decade of the twenty-first century (though not in every domain or every region); and the advances made were slow in coming compared to other social movements. The articles uncover the many obstacles that LGBT activists face in establishing new laws and breaking down societal barriers. They identify perhaps the greatest roadblock in Latin American culture as an omnipresent system of “heteronormativity,” wherein heterosexuality, patriarchalism, gender hierarchies, and economic structures are deeply rooted in nearly every level of society. Along these lines, the texts explore specific impediments, including family dependence, lack of public spaces, job opportunities, religious dictums, personal security, the complicated relationship between leftist political parties and LGBT movements in the region, and the ever-present “closets,” which keep LGBT issues out of the public eye. The volume also looks to the future of LGBT activism in Latin America in areas such as globalization, changing demographics, the role of NGOs, and the rise of economic levels and education across societies, which may aid in a greater awareness of LGBT politics and issues. As the editors posit, to be democratic in the truest sense of the word, nations must recognize and address all segments of their populations.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction: The Comparative Politics of Sexuality in Latin America
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. PART 1. Nation-Building and Heteronormativity
  2. p. 31
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  1. Male Same-Sex Sexuality and the Argentine State, 1880–1930
  2. pp. 33-43
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  1. Cuban CondemNation of Queer Bodies
  2. pp. 44-59
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  1. Mexico
  2. pp. 60-65
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  1. PART 2. Sexuality-Based Political Struggles
  2. p. 67
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  1. More Love and More Desire: The Building of a Brazilian Movement
  2. pp. 69-85
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  1. “Con Discriminación y Represión No Hay Democracia”: The Lesbian and Gay Movement in Argentina
  2. pp. 86-101
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  1. Sociability, Secrets, and Identities: Key Issues in Sexual Politics in Latin America
  2. pp. 102-121
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  1. Sexual Politics and Sexual Rights in Brazil: A Case Study
  2. pp. 122-134
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  1. Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
  2. pp. 135-143
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  1. Identity, Revolution, and Democracy: Lesbian Movements in Central America
  2. pp. 144-172
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  1. PART 3. LGBT Movements’ Relations with Political Parties and Legislators
  2. p. 173
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  1. Global Communities and Hybrid Cultures: Early Gay and Lesbian Electoral Activism in Brazil and Mexico
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Social Movements and Political Parties: Gays, Lesbians, and Travestis and the Struggle for Inclusion in Brazil
  2. pp. 197-211
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  1. The Civil Union Law in Buenos Aires: Notes on the Arguments by the Opposition
  2. pp. 212-219
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  1. Gay Rights in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez, 1999–2009
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. LGBT Rights in Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution: Victories and Setbacks
  2. pp. 224-229
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  1. PART 4. The State and Public Policies
  2. p. 231
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  1. Friendly Government, Cruel Society: AIDS and the Politics of Homosexual Strategic Mobilization in Brazil
  2. pp. 233-250
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  1. Sexual Rights of Gays, Lesbians, and Transgender Persons in Latin America: A Judge’s View
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Chile: Seizing Empowerment
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Interview with Mariela Castro on the Future of Sex and Socialism in Cuba
  2. pp. 270-273
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  1. Out in Public: Gay and Lesbian Activism in Nicaragua
  2. pp. 274-279
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  1. PART 5. Intrasociety Relations
  2. p. 281
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  1. The Rationale of Collective Action within Sexual-Rights Movements: An Abstract Analysis of Very Concrete Experiences
  2. pp. 283-289
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  1. Sexual Orientation and Human Rights in the Americas
  2. pp. 290-302
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  1. Desire, TV, Panic, and Violence Surrounding the Transgendered in Argentina: The Metamorphoses of 1998
  2. pp. 303-311
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  1. Lesbians in (Cyber)Space: The Politics of the Internet in Latin American On- and Off-line Communities
  2. pp. 312-333
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  1. Gay Space in Havana
  2. pp. 334-348
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  1. Divergence between LGBTI Legal, Political, and Social Progress in the Caribbean and Latin America
  2. pp. 349-357
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  1. The Fight and Flight of Reinaldo Arenas
  2. pp. 358-364
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  1. From Invisible Subjects to Citizens: A Report on Human Rights and Lesbians in Paraguay, 2006
  2. pp. 365-371
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  1. The LGBT Organizational Density of World Cities
  2. pp. 372-376
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  1. PART 6. Diversities Within
  2. p. 379
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  1. Political Practices and Alliance Strategies of the Chilean GLBTT Movement
  2. pp. 381-386
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  1. “The Gay Pride March? They’re Not Talking About Me”: The Politicization of Differences in the Argentine GLTTTB Movement
  2. pp. 387-400
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  1. The Feminism-Lesbianism Relationship in Latin America: A Necessary Link
  2. pp. 401-405
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  1. Transvestism and Public Space: Transvestism and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, and Transsexual Movement
  2. pp. 406-420
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  1. “Every Jack to His Trade?” Power Arrangements, Policies of Identity, and Market Segmentation within the Homosexual Movement
  2. pp. 421-427
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  1. Appendix. Timeline of LGBT Political Landmarks in the Americas
  2. pp. 429-436
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  1. Credits for Original Publications
  2. pp. 437-438
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-454
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