January 7th, 2006

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Mr. Mapplethorpe Goes to Cuba

Personally, I'll be more interested in seeing how Mapplethorpe's polarized black/white racial politics and not-so-veiled racial fetishism (IMHO) play out in Cuba, than in hailing this as some unambiguous "sign of progress." But hey, maybe that's just me.

Mapplethorpe exhibit opens in Cuba
Some see greater tolerance for gays
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) | Dec 15, 12:20 PM
New York Blade

Communist Cuba hasn't exactly been tolerant of homosexuality: In the late 1960s, Cubans were sent to labor camps for being gay, with homosexuality derided as an illness of the capitalist past.

Even today, Cuban transvestites are sometimes detained and threatened with prison.

But a new tolerance over the past decade has led to what many believed they would never see on the island: an exhibit by Robert Mapplethorpe, the controversial American photographer known for his homoerotic images.Read more...Collapse )

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