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This web site reflects my interests. As you browse, I hope you find something of interest also. This page is consistently being updated.  The projects posted on this page will vary according to the work I am completing. Also, the time that the projects spend on the page will vary according to my schedule. My field of study is anthropology.  You will find my interests much more diverse.  For example, you will find projects in such fields as theology, arts & humanities. Please enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Cultural Anthropology

Submiting or Resisting: Exploring the Popular Central American Belief that Homosexuality Can Be Induced

There is a popularly held notion in the rural areas of some Central American nations that a man can be ruined sexually. He can be made a homosexual by submitting to anal intercourse. This popular belief is a result of many sociocultural factors including geography, politics, economics and religion. Here an overview of the notion in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua is presented. These three Central American nations share common characteristics that make it possible to generalize in some ways about them. Homosexuals are explored in urban and countryside regions of these contemporary Latin American communities. Particular emphasis is placed on analysis of popular beliefs about homosexuality and homosexuals and the function of such beliefs.

Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Studies
Among my interests is Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies: cultural constructions, maintenance, enculturation and evolution.  Here are some sample projects.

Silverlake: Rediscovery of Queer Space

Sexuality and the City: Queer Los Angeles. Silverlake, once a thriving queer community was almost wiped out during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Now, Silverlake is making a comeback. Today Silverlake struggles with West Hollywood for Queer hegemony in Los Angeles.  

The Directory of LGBT slang

A directory of slang used to refer to lesbian women, gay men and bisexual people. You will be surprised at the amount of words and the interesting history or each!

Theology & Religion

The Abbey

"Prayer and Poetry"

"The Litany of Saints: A prayer for the Lesbian and Gay Voice"

The Catholic Bishops In the United States Send Parents a Statement about their Homosexual Children.

October 1, 1997:  When it comes to gay and lesbian children, parents must go beyond church doctrine to love their children!


Main Gallery: No Installations at this time

Work of various media presented year round. Both original and guest collections exhibited.

Featured Links

La Familia de UCLA


Visit a group of my friends at UCLA. La Familia de UCLA is a campus group for lesbian, gay and bisexual Latinos/as at UCLA.


Resource Directory.

A variety of links that may be of interest to you.



© 1996, 1997
Last updated on December 5, 1997.
Send mail to: mmorales@ucla.edu

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