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Oye LocaFrom the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami$
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Susana Peña

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665532

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665532.001.0001

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Obvious Gays and the State Gaze

Obvious Gays and the State Gaze

Gay Visibility and Immigration Policy during the Mariel Boatlift

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Oye Loca

Susana Peña

University of Minnesota Press

In Chapter 2, “‘Obvious’ Gays and the State Gaze: Gay Visibility and Immigration Policy during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift,” I focus on the migration experiences of Cuban homosexual men who entered the United States during the 1980 Mariel boatlift, focusing on how the gaze of the Cuban state and U.S. state identified this population and the ways in which these identification systems intersected with state interests and desires. During the boatlift, conflicting immigration policies and procedures clashed as men who were both Cuban and visibly gay entered the country under the glare of the media spotlight.

Keywords:   Latino Studies, Latina Studies, Cuban American, Cuba, LGBT Studies, Gay, Sexuality, Culture, Ethnography, Sociology

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