The Forgotten “One”: An Affirmation of the Marginalized Sexualities at the Doors of the Mexican Revolution
This presentation is based on the story of 1901 in Mexico, when a private party was raided by the police who immediately arrested forty-one (or forty-two according to rumor the forty-second, the son-in law of then president Porifirio Díaz, was quietly released and quickly forgotten in the press) men, half-dressed as women. At first, the newspapers were reluctant to give any more information. However, the news quickly became the talk of the town, and as newspapers began to sell because of it, stories grew.
I am interested in presenting the material produced by this controversial story (newspapers images and stories, novels, posters, songs, etc.) that became a national event that changed the face of the queer individual in the history of contemporary Mexico. I will examine the stories that were published in the newspapers after the phenomenon took place along with the images and corrido produced by cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada, and the novel written by Eduardo Castrejón in 1906 based on the same story.
Keywords: Gender Issues/Image, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies
José César Del Toro
Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University California