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Herbert Daniel
(December 14, 1946 - March 29, 1992) Brazil

Herbert Daniel

Writer, political activist and guerrillero

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Herbert DanielBorn Herbert Eustáquio de Carvalho in Belo Horizonte, he assumed the name Daniel as a guerrillero. Daniel studied medicine at the university in Belo Horizonte. Initially a student activist, he became active in various guerrilla groups as Brazil succumbed to a repressive right-wing, military dictatorship during the 1960s and 1970s. After participating in the kidnapping of two ambassadors in 1970, he escaped two death sentences and spent 7 years in exile in Portugal and France.

In 1971, while living clandestinely, he met his long-term partner Cláudio Mesquita.

Herbert DanielDaniel was under threat from a death sentence and eventually left Brazil to live in Lisbon and Paris - where amongst various jobs he also was a porter in a gay sauna - before returning home in 1981.

On his return he became involved in both left-wing politics and in AIDS activism. He himself was diagnosed HIV positive in 1989 and died from AIDS-related illness in Rio de Janeiro.

He was candidate for state deputy for the Labor Party (PT) of Rio de Janeiro, but did not obtain sufficient votes for election.

In his work politics and autobiography intertwine to raise questions of hmosexuality and, in his later writings, of HIV/AIDS in the context of his life experiences and Brazil.

Herbert Daniel

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Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002- et alii

His work include:

  • Passagem para o próximo sonho (Ticket to the Next Dream, 1981)
  • Meu corpo aria um romance: narrativa desarmada (My Body Would Produce a Novel: Unharmed Narratice, 1982)
  • Alegres e irresponsáveis abacaxis americanos (Gay and Irresponsible American Pineapples, 1987)
  • Vida ante da morte (Life before Death)
  • A Tercera Epidemia (AIDS: The Third Epidemic)
  • Sexuality, Politics and AIDS in Brazil: In another World? (original in English)
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