For a little more than eight months in 1996–1997, Calirican Rafa Negron promoted his queer Latino nightclub “Pan Dulce” in San Francisco. A concoction of multiple genders, sexualities, and aesthetic styles, Pan Dulce created an opportunity for making urban space and claiming visibilities and identities among queer Latinas and Latinos through music, performance, and dance. Building on the region’s decades-old lgbt/queer history, and specifically diasporic queer Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures, Pan Dulce became a powerful site for latinaje: the multilayered hybrid process of creating Latina and Latino worlds and cultures from below. In the context of HIV and AIDS, gentrification, and the Bay Area’s hegemonic white queerness, Pan Dulce created a queer pan-Latino, caribeño world for building multigender community space and history. As a Calirican’s experiment in cultural expressions, musical styles, and queer erotic desires, Pan Dulce was a heterogeneous site simultaneously for opening instances of Puerto Rican-inflected latinidad and differently gendered queer lives.
- San Francisco,
- Puerto Rican,
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