This essay considers the stories of Blaccucini and Ángel Daniel, two Black transgender drag performers from Cuba, and dwells on the relationship they imagine between their work as performers and their subjectivities as trans people. The author situates these narratives within queer Cuban and Caribbean studies, noticing the ways they push back against renderings of gender and sexuality as inherently distinct categories. Instead, for these artist-thinkers, trans subjectivity is informed by various experiences related to gender, sexuality, race, class, and geography. The essay offers some possibilities for greater nuance in accounts of sexual subjectivity in Cuba and the Caribbean and locates the stakes of these discussions in broader transnational LGBT rights discourses.
Transformista, Travesti, Transgénero: Performing Sexual Subjectivity in Cuba
M. Myrta Leslie Santana is an interdisciplinary writer, teacher, and performer originally from Miami, Florida, and currently assistant professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. Their research considers the relationship between performance and social transformations in the Americas, and their writing has appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music and in the edited collections Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (2019) and Queer Nightlife (2021).
M. Myrta Leslie Santana; Transformista, Travesti, Transgénero: Performing Sexual Subjectivity in Cuba. Small Axe 1 July 2022; 26 (2 (68)): 46–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-9901597
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