Homophobia in the Latino community

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Homophobia in the Latino community is prevalent within the United States.[1][2]

Many Latinos feel like a double minority for being both an ethnic minority and a sexual minority.[3][4][5]

A GHN news editor stated that homophobia in the Latino community is tied to a value system that finds it difficult to accept overt sexuality. It is also a part of rigid gender roles and machismo. This has led to many people with HIV/AIDS not getting tested in the Hispanic community.[6] Covert homophobia in the use of terms such as "That's so gay" and "No homo" are also common.[7] There are many Spanish slurs referring to homosexuals including "pato", "puto", "marikita", "maricon" and "punal". Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escabar was banned from playing after writing the phrase "tu ere' maricon" on his eye tape. He defended his position saying "For us, (the word) doesn't have the significance to the way it's being interpreted now." "It's a word without meaning." Hector Conteras, a DJ, asked his listeners to denounce homosexual behavior. Some say it's because of the deep religious feeling of Latino culture.[8]


  1. ^ "Gay Latino Americans are 'coming of age'". CNN. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Lilia Luciano: Operation Tolerancia: Addressing Homophobia in Latino Communities". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Gay Latinos 'minority twice over'". BBC. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  4. ^ "homophobia Latino Community". Daily Kos. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Latin America Celebrates International Day Against Homophobia | Fox News Latino". Latino.foxnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Overt sexuality and homophobia present problems in Hispanic community". green heritage news. November 27, 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  7. ^ ""That's Gay" and Hispanic Homophobia". dry as toast. October 12, 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Operation Tolerancia: Addressing Homophobia in Latino Communities". Huffington Post. October 3, 2012.