Federico Garcia Lorca

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Federico García Lorca (1898–1936) was a Spanish poet and dramatist, wrongly regarded as homosexual martyr. Born into a wealthy family in Andalusia, Lorca became homosexual as a young schoolboy in an all-male institution. He traveled to the USA and Cuba before returning to Spain and working in a theatrical company. He was an associate of surrealists Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. Lorca's plays include Blood Wedding and Yerma.

Politics and execution

Lorca was an active socialist and his brother-in-law was the socialist mayor of Granada. He was captured and shot at Granada by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. It is often alleged that he was been shot for being a homosexual, and most accounts of his death give the impression that he was a solitary victim. In fact, he was taken out for execution on 19 August in a group of about a dozen people and none of the others were homosexual. Lorca's brother-in-law was also shot despite being heterosexual.[1]

Links with Pedophilia

When taken to a brothel in Havana by his friend Cardoza y Aragon, Lorca looked at the pictures of females and asked: "Why aren't there any boys?"[2] In Spain, Lorca used to attend parties at the home of his homosexual friend Vicente Aleixandre where along with the music and cocktails there were various young boys for the homosexual guests to enjoy. Many of Lorca's poems hint at the same theme. In his "Ode to Walt Whitman" homosexual men give boys drops of "poison" hinting at pederasty [3] In Lorca’s play El Público (1930) a Roman Emperor sexually assaults a small boy.[4] The play is an obscene travesty of Romeo and Juliet, and it features whipping, bestiality, and a wide range of other fetishism as well as solemn soliloquies about a man’s anus and speculations about how enjoyable it would be to watch Romeo urinating (a fetish shared by many other homosexuals). The dialogue makes casual reference to a woman being "raped by a dog" and holds this up as superior to the conventional behavior of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Lorca’s imagination also offers us images such as “embroidering on the fingernails of a baby”.


  1. http://gayfortoday.blogspot.co.uk/2007/06/federico-garca-lorca.html. http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/deisenbe/Lorca/lorca.pdf
  2. Leslie Stainton, Lorca - a Dream of Life, Bloomsbury, 2013.
  3. Ángel Sahuquillo, Federico Garcia Lorca and the Culture of Male Homosexuality, English translation McFarland, 2007, p.54, p. 211.
  4. Lorca: Three Plays: translated by Gwynne Edwards. London: Methuen, 1994, Scene Two p.71.