chapter  4
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John Rechy’s Outlawed Spiritualities: Liberation Theology in Gay Texts

The last chapter showed how Chicana writers have attempted renarrativizing male-biased representations of women. In this chapter, I will focus on gay male Chicano identity, as yet another identity that exposes the myth of a singular Chicano identity. I will explore the marginalization of the gay Chicano and his forced exile out of the family and community in Mexican/Chicano culture.1 I will also explore the transformation of the gay male into what Chicano gay writer John Rechy calls a “sexual outlaw.” Finally, I will argue that the sexual outlaw’s forbidden sexualities contain manifestations of spiritualities, and that these spiritualities are cultural reconciliations for Rechy’s Latino protagonists, and as such are potential sites for liberation theology.