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The bar was established in 1972, but in the early '80s, Ketty Teango began organizing drag shows because she wanted to provide that kind of entertainment for Chicago’s Latino community.In an interview with author Achy Obejas, Teango describes the La Cueva customers: “Sometimes it was a real honest-to-god exploration of their sexuality, with a certain timidity to it.Join the hundreds of single Alberta Latinos already online finding love and friendship with single Latins in Calgary! I am not 46 yo I am Latin Massage therapist Looking for a nice friendship Not into building a relationship and dreaming about paying a mortgage together after 2 coffees! They'd go in there and pick up men to perform sex acts on them--but they wouldn't perform acts [themselves], so they could tell themselves they didn't have this identity."On a busy Saturday night, I was able to go backstage and talk to one of the performers.In the cramped, mirrored room, a few transgender women were getting dressed in their elaborate outfits and applying their final touches of makeup.La Cueva, a popular Latino gay bar, also known as the oldest Latino drag bar in the country, is frequented by many straight-identified married men.

This tension between identity and reality can be incredibly detrimental to the Latino community. Roberto, 27, a former supervisor of two gay bathhouses in Chicago said that there was a very large contingent of “heterosexual” Latino customers at these establishments. And you see some Dominican men adopt that identity proudly and the masculinity that it supposedly carries with it whereas they would never call themselves gay or bisexual.”In Latino culture, passive partners are often derisively called puto, joto and maricón (all roughly translate to “fag”) while active partners are called mayate, chichifo, chingón (“penetrator,” “male prostitute,” “fucker”), labels that are derogatory but less stigmatized.

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