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Revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de género de El Colegio de México

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GONZALEZ ROMERO, Martín H.. “Vestidas” and “Maricones”: Cross-Dressing, Identity, and Protest in the First Years of Mexico’s Homosexual Liberation Movement, 1978-1984. Rev. interdiscip. estud. género Col. Méx. [online]. 2021, vol.7, e582.  Epub Sep 13, 2021. ISSN 2395-9185.

By analyzing documents and testimonials of organizations belonging to Mexico’s Homosexual Liberation Movement in its early years, as well as newspaper articles, this paper shows this movement’s strategies to involve grassroots sectors of vestidas in urban protests. It focuses on the actions of the Frente Homosexual de Acción Revolucionaria (FHAR), whose members considered the practice of cross-dressing a central part of their notion of gay liberation and an essential aspect of their political commitment to the popular classes. This study of the controversies triggered by the FHAR’s cross-dressing strategies shows the relation between the modern gay identity and a wide range of trans identities. By taking this approach, this paper locates the history of the homosexual liberation within a wider queer history of Mexico’s recent past.

Keywords : gay liberation; homosexuality; trans identity; queer history; cross-dressing.

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