Down Low in Dallas

Feature_4Here’s a piece on an overlooked segment of the gay community: Dallas’ mayates, Hispanic immigrants on the DL.

Ignacio doesn’t consider himself gay, because he is always activo when he’s with another man. Among mayates, there is one stark rule: The activo partner–or the person whom gay American men call a “top”–maintains his sense of masculinity, while the person who’s being penetrated does not. And among recent Hispanic immigrants, who don’t own much, manhood is a crucial possession. Mayates may think that letting another man give them a blowjob or giving anal sex to another man doesn’t constitute cheating on their wives or girlfriends back in their own countries.

Gay Caballeros: Inside the Secret World of Dallas’ Mayates [Dallas Observer]

(thanks Morgan)

Posted January 14, 2005 at 10:56am ETC by Andy Towle
in Current Affairs