LGBTQ Politics in Nicaragua

Revolution, Dictatorship, and Social Movements

Karen Kampwirth (Author)
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The modern political tumult of Nicaragua includes revolution, dictatorship, and social movements. LGBTQ Politics in Nicaragua explores the untold stories of the LGBTQ community of Nicaragua and its role in the recent political history of the country.

Karen Kampwirth is a renowned scholar of the Nicaraguan Revolution, who has been writing at the intersection of gender and politics for decades. In this chronological telling of the last fifty years of political history in Nicaragua, Kampwirth deploys a critical new lens: understanding politics from the perspective of the country’s LGBTQ community. Kampwirth details the gay and lesbian guerrillas in the 1960s and 1970s, Nicaragua’s first openly gay television wizard in the 1980s, and the attempts by LGBTQ revolutionaries to create a civil rights movement and the subsequent squashing of that movement by the ruling Sandinista party. She analyzes the shifting political alliances, the rise of strong feminist and LGBTQ movements in Nicaragua, and the attempts by the administration of Daniel Ortega to co-opt and control these movements.

Ultimately, this is a story of struggle and defeat, progress and joy. This timely book provides a well-documented review of LGBTQ politics in modern Nicaragua, helping us to see the Sandinista Revolution and its ongoing aftermath in a new light.
"This book is a treasure trove of new material to be appreciated for the more complete picture it offers of LGBTQ history in this small yet consequential Central American nation."— Florence E. Babb, The Middle Ground Journal

"This comprehensive English-language review of LGBTQ movements in Nicaragua is a welcome addition to the expanding cross-cultural scholarship on the politics of sex and gender diversity."—CHOICE Connect, M. Morrissey, emerita, University of Toledo

Ultimately, Kampwirth weaves together the words and stories of LGBTQ people into a broad narrative of LGBTQ experience in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Nicaragua. She highlights the role of international travel and solidarity in shaping LGBTQ people and their relations with the revolution, while consistently providing the much-needed perspective of Nicaraguan LGBTQ peoples."—Sydney Marshall, Humanities and Social Sciences Online

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