Queer seminar: Sensing Sexile: Seeing Latinas, Working Sex

  • Date: –18:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Juana Maria Rodriguez,University of California, Berkeley
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Sara Salminen
  • Seminarium

On the life of Adela Vázquez, a Cuban transgender activist.

The Centre for Gender Research organises open queer seminars for all interested in and/or actively working with the concept of 'queer', through practice, theory or activism. 

Welcome to the Queer seminar: "Sensing Sexile: Seeing Latinas, Working Sex"


About the seminar
This paper centers on the life of Adela Vázquez, a Cuban transgender activist living in San Francisco. Vázquez’s life story of being assigned male at birth in Cuba, forming part of the Mariel boat lift, and working as a sex worker in San Francisco is the subject of Sexile/Sexilio, a bilingual graphic novel by Jaime Cortez, as well as numerous other oral history projects. A colorful and complicated biographical subject, Vazquez’s modes of expression frequently confound and complicate the political projects of queer Latinx representation. In this talk, these various attempts at biographical narration will be juxtaposed with Vázquez’s self-representation within social media platforms such as Facebook, where she maintains an active presence.