Politics of Sexuality in Latin America

Organized by Javier Corrales and Mario Pecheny, The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America presents the first English-language reader on LGBT politics in the region. Representing a range of contemporary works by scholars, activists, analysts, and politicians, the chapters address LGBT issues in nations from Cuba to Argentina.

The contributors uncover many of the obstacles that LGBT activists face in establishing new laws and breaking down societal barriers. Issues discussed include the institutionalized system of “heteronormativity” economic structures, religious dictums, personal security, the tenuous relationship between leftist political parties and LGBT movements, and the ever-present “closets” that keep LGBT issues out of the public eye.

Javier Corrales is associate professor of political science at Amherst College. He is the author of Presidents without Parties: The Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s.

Mario Pecheny is professor of political science at the University of Buenos Aires and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University.

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