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Lavender and RedLiberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left$
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Emily K. Hobson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279056

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279056.001.0001

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Talk About Loving in the War Years

Talk About Loving in the War Years

Nicaragua, Transnational Feminism, and AIDS

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(p.120) Chapter 5 Talk About Loving in the War Years
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Lavender and Red
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Emily K. Hobson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279056.003.0006

Between 1984 and 1990, lesbian and gay activists in the Bay Area and in Nicaragua built transnational ties that reshaped the gay and lesbian left. Two solidarity brigades composed largely of lesbians of color, Somos Hermanas and the Victoria Mercado Brigade, traveled from San Francisco to Nicaragua and made Nicaraguan solidarity a vehicle for multiracial, transnational, and women of color feminism. Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan lesbian and gay movement sought recognition in the Sandinista Revolution. They resisted repression by Sandinista security forces but kept that repression unknown in the United States to ensure ongoing support from solidarity activists. By managing solidarity efforts, Nicaraguan activists pursued their own goals and won Sandinista support for AIDS prevention and lesbian and gay activism.

Keywords:   solidarity, Nicaragua, Sandinista Revolution, lesbians of color, transnational, women of color feminism, Somos Hermanas, Victoria Mercado Brigade, Nicaraguan lesbian and gay movement, AIDS

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