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From Toads to Queens : Transvestism in a Latin American Setting - Jacobo Schifter

From Toads to Queens

Transvestism in a Latin American Setting

Paperback Published: 18th March 1999
ISBN: 9781560239581
Number Of Pages: 176

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The information in From Toads to Queens: Transvestism in a Latin American Setting (a 2000 Lammy Nominee) is crucial to understanding Latin American culture and its relation to HIV prevention. You'll find research findings that offer insights into and analysis of the sexual culture and risk factors that place transvestites in the sex trade and their customers at risk of contracting HIV. This information could prove valuable to developing preventions and interventions for similar populations in countries all over the world.In From Toads to Queens, transvestites in the sex trade and their customers share fascinating personal accounts from their daily lives, including details of their sexual encounters. Specifically you will gain insight into:

  • sexual practices
  • pay rates in the sex trade
  • types of lovers and sexual partners
  • locations of “work”
  • conceptions of fashion and beauty among transvestites
  • relations between transvestites, the police, and gay bashers
  • clients who are heterosexual men
  • drug consumption and unsafe sexFrom this book, you will gain a comprehensive analysis of Latin transvestites, how this population questions assumptions about sexual orientation and practice, and how they are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Most importantly, From Toads to Queens documents boundry-crossing individuals’existence and subverts the simplistic division of people into traditional psychiatric categories, a crucial first step in devising ways to decrease the rates of HIV infection among specific populations.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Cultural or Biological Factors?p. 4
Background on Transvestismp. 5
Historical Reasons for Cross-Dressingp. 6
Who Are Today's Transvestites?p. 7
The Majority of Transvestites Are Heterosexualp. 11
Contemporary Etiology of Transvestismp. 13
Childhood Beginningsp. 14
Expulsion from Edenp. 17
Fernandop. 17
Early Awarenessp. 21
From Toads to Queensp. 27
Creating the Magicp. 27
Choosing a Genderp. 31
Expressing Separate Personalitiesp. 33
Feeling Like a Princessp. 34
The Neighborsp. 41
The Libanop. 42
The Paqueteo Revolutionp. 50
The Battle for Clinica Biblicap. 55
The Districtp. 55
The Transvestitesp. 56
The Colorientosp. 57
Johns and Neighborsp. 59
The Associationp. 62
The Governorp. 63
The Public Ombudsmanp. 64
The Policep. 65
The Constitutional Courtp. 66
Priscilla and Preventionp. 69
Lack of Support Among Transvestitesp. 71
Internal Divisionsp. 74
Lack of Support from Loversp. 75
Homophobia and AIDSp. 76
Off to Miami?p. 77
The Business of Prostitutionp. 81
Discrimination at Workp. 82
Transvestites' Incomesp. 83
Reasons for Transvestites' Successp. 89
Drugsp. 91
Crack Is Kingp. 92
Basukop. 93
Sex and Drugsp. 95
Top-Man, Bottom-Manp. 99
A Sexual Encounterp. 102
Transvestites Are Not Passive Partnersp. 106
Love and Condoms Don't Mixp. 108
Unsafe Sex Remains a Problemp. 112
The Lovers of Libanop. 115
Who Are They?p. 115
Heterosexual and Homosexual Activityp. 117
In the Transvestites' World, the Penis Does Not Make the Manp. 117
Self-Definition As Cacherop. 118
Partners' Knowledge of AIDSp. 119
The Sky Is the Limitp. 125
The Basketball Playerp. 127
Inconsistent Condom Usep. 133
Taxi! Taxi!p. 134
Yet Another Combinationp. 137
Not Even Lesbians Escapep. 141
Conclusionp. 143
Is Transvestism Revolutionary?p. 144
A Transvestite Presidentp. 145
Notesp. 149
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9781560239581
ISBN-10: 1560239581
Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 18th March 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.29 x 15.22  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1