Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cuba Celebrates LGBT Pride With International Days Against Homophobia And Transphobia

Cuba celebrated the island country's version of LGBT Pride, under the title "International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia," led by activist Mariela Castro-Espin, the 48-year-old daughter of Cuba’s President, Raul Castro, and niece of Fidel Castro.

From the Washington Blade:

Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, joined transgender actress Candis Cayne and hundreds of others who marched from the oceanfront promenade at the base of the Hotel Nacional to a nearby pavilion under a scorching sun.

Mariela Castro, who is a member of the Cuban Parliament, has publicly spoken in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples. She voted against a gay-inclusive workplace discrimination bill in 2013 because it did not include gender identity.

The Cuban constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights and other independent advocacy groups launched a campaign late last year that encourages Cubans to sign a petition in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Two of the United States' best known LGBT activists - Evan Wolfson (Freedom To Marry) and Tico Almeida (Freedom To Work), traveled to Havana to participate in the event.

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