LGBT history in Honduras

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Homosexuality in Honduras was decriminalised in 1899.[1] While a small (but persecuted) gay-rights-oriented culture exists in Honduras, certain lower socio-economic barrios have seen the persistence of an older social construction of same-sex eroticism (roughly similar to that which existed in much of the U.S. before WWII) whereby masculine "hombres" (young, unmarried men 15-25) play the penetrative role with "locas" (effeminate but non-cross-dressing/non-transgender, older males), usually for some type of remuneration but occasionally also for friendship and mutual assistance. For the "hombres", these acts do not carry the stigma of being seen as "homosexual" (though some taboo exists about open discussion of such relationships); the young men consider themselves fully heterosexual and almost always marry by their mid-twenties, limiting their sexual activity thereafter to women.

Notes[edit]

  • Manuel Fernandez-Alemany & Stephen O. Murray, "Heterogender Homosexuality in Honduras" (Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press, 2002), ISBN 0-595-22681-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where is it illegal to be gay?". BBC News. Retrieved 23 February 2014.