A sample of Puerto Rican gay males living in Puerto Rico and New York participated in this study with the objective of assessing the prevalence of domestic violence. A self-administered questionnaire was developed addressing issues of intergenerational violence, addictive behaviors, and domestic violence in three dimensions: emotional, physical, and sexual violence. The results concluded that close to half of the participants had experienced some sort of violence in their intimate relationships, have a history of being witness to domestic violence in their family of origin, and had identified in themselves and their families, addictive behaviors. Other variables measured are HIV and sexual coercion, drug and alcohol abuse, and levels of acculturation among participants living in the United States.
Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora
Coming soon. Exploring cultural expressions of Puerto Rican queer migration from the Caribbean to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, Lawrence La Fountain—Stokes analyzes how artists have portrayed their lives and the discrimination they have faced. Proposing a radical new conceptualization of Puerto Rican migration, he reveals how sexuality has shaped and defined the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Full of wonderful insights and innovative scholarship, Queer Ricans announces a new and original voice to the ongoing debates within the fields of queer studies, Latino studies, and cultural studies. Readers will be drawn to learning about the rich history of queer Puerto Rican cultural production and how it has moved over time from repression to public display. Proposing a radical new conceptualization of Puerto Rican migration, this work reveals how sexuality has shaped and defined the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, is a groundbreaking analysis of the cultural expressions produced by Puerto Rican people who self-identify in queer terms. The ingenuity of this book lies in its organization, which frames the vast layers and complexities of how culture is negotiated under ideologies of colonialism, migration, sexuality, race, and historical context. This is a first-rate academic study, one that will set the agenda for subsequent scholarship on Puerto Rican culture in the U.
Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times. By Alejandra Rosa and Patricia Mazzei.
Same sex relationships have been legal in Puerto Rico since , and same-sex marriage and adoptions are also permitted. Federal U. In recent years, numerous LGBT people have been murdered with some laying the blame for these acts on politicians and on the religious community. According to local police, it is under investigation as a possible hate crime, under the newly approved U. Federal hate crimes law which includes crimes against people who are or perceived to be gay or transgender people. Juan A. On 19 April , the body of Ashley Santiago, a transgender woman who resided in the town of Corozal was discovered in the kitchen of her home. Santiago, a stylist at a local salon, was found naked on the floor and was stabbed 14 times by an unknown assailant. On 6 November , Popular Democratic Party candidate Pedro Peters Maldonado became the first openly gay politician elected to public office in the island's history, when he won a seat in San Juan 's city council.