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Revista Rupturas

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JIMENEZ BOLANOS, Jose Daniel. The Criminalization of Sexual Diversity and the Beginning of the Gay Activism in Costa Rica, 1985-1989. Rev. Rup. [online]. 2016, vol.6, n.1, pp.60-89. ISSN 2215-2989.

This article examines, using journalistic discourse as a primary source for analysis, the way in which the emergence of HIV/AIDS in Costa Rica in the mid1980s led to a process of sexual diversity´s criminalization, specially towards gay men. This criminalization is structured through a dynamic where social abjection was materialized into action by the state, founding legitimacy in the citizenship. The persecution of people who practiced or identified with a non-normative sexuality, especially in key places of socialization, resulted in organization and activism. This politicization of identities is a process that continues to rebuild itself and is part of the Costa Rican social landscape.

Keywords : Sexual diversity; homosexuality; criminalization; activism; abjection.

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