Re.: Gays and the Cuban Revolution

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Mon Nov 18 02:40:14 MST 2002

Cuban offical prejudice against gays has a historical location and a
development, or mollification over time, activated by the demands of
people for their rights.  In the regional and cultural context, Cuba's
history regarding gays is only exceptional in that it has developed so
progressively.  This feature of the Revolution should be taken into
consideration whenever we are confronted with capitalist "human rights"
attacks on Cuba.

Cold War spy agencies believed homosexual agents were a liability
because they might be so easy to blackmail and corrupt.  This was
because homosexual practice was illegal everywhere, and promised severe
sanctions if revealed, both materially and socially.  For similar
reasons the vulnerabilities of homos that made them security risks also
rendered them suspect in political parties.  Many lived lies, that is,
concealed lives, in the closet.  The general population regarded queers
as dishonest, deceitful, deviant, and/or depraved.  Despite  Bolshevik
progress in granting rights to homosexuals, Stalin retreated, probably
to accommodate and win over the masses, i.e., the general population.
Similar dynamics may have forced women's rights campaigners such as
Alexandra Kollontai to flee from Central Asia more than thrown stones.
An argument of Lenin's could have been used --about not leading too far
in advance of the people as to separate from them.

At one time homosexuals were unwelcome in a communist party.  That
should no longer be the case.  Everyone belongs in a decent society.

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