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Tall with light colored eyes, they stood in stark contrast with the local atmosphere. It wasn’t a difficult sell once they took one look at Mike’s “shoes” – they were these new age ugly shoes with the each of the 5 toes wrapped up and seperated.

Cuban’s don’t have those – nor would they be caught dead in them.

**All names have been changed to been to protect the innocent, but since there are no innocent, they were just changed because I can’t remember.

During the early days of the revolution, homosexuality was forbidden and marked as contra revolutionary and a bourgeois perversion.

I had heard of a wealthy Swiss guy taking a girl all over Cuba – but he had hired a car since taking the bus was out of the question. I hit up the Casa de Musica, to watch the Cubans do what they do best – dance – while watching gringos do what they do best – flail about hopelessly like wounded animals on the dance floor.

Cubans take one kind of bus, and tourists take another kind of bus. I had managed to make it through the night unscathed, thwarting off the girls dressed up asking if I wanted a “companera” when I met my first Cuban girl not working the bar for a customer for the night. She looked more Spanish, but one minute of dancing confirmed that she was in fact Cuban.

Using the telephone is also not a straightforward act in Cuba.

Saturday nights they have gatherings along the Malecon at the end of the 23th street, but most of the gay Cuba life happens on private(gay) parties.

In 1961 "Maricones" (Cuban slang for gays) were sent to hard labour camps for their re-education and re-integration in the Cuban society.

In the camps the gay people were guarded by the military UMAP Brigades, UMAP stands for "Unidad Militar de Ayuda a la Produccion" (Military Unit to Help the the Production).

Are the obstacles too much to overcome in pursuit of true love?

Yes and no, but juggling the telephone company, police, parents, and language barriers – is much easier than dealing with the Bachelorized fantasies of American women.

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