• Jesse’s Journal: Arenas and Sex

    In his autobiography “Before Night Falls” (“Antes Que Anochezca”), the late Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1944-1990) wrote about his sexual encounters with nominally straight males in 1960s Havana: “These areas were full of recruits and students, single men who were locked up in barracks or schools and went out at night eager for sex. They were willing to settle for the first thing that came along.