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Cubans March For Gay Rights In Havana

The march took place as part of this weekend's International Day Against Homophobia. Hundreds of people took part in what is reported to be a violent-free parade, unlike what happened in Belarus earlier today.

The AP reports:

Hundreds of gay and lesbian activists, some dressed in drag and others sporting multicolored flags representing sexual diversity, marched and danced through the streets of Havana on Saturday along with the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro as part of a celebration aimed at eliminating homophobia around the world.

Some of the marchers played drums and others walked on stilts as they made their way down a wide avenue in the capital's hip Vedado neighborhood, where they have held a series of debates and workshops ahead of the May 17 celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia.

Said President Castro's daughter and longtime-time LGBT rights advocate Mariela Castro, who is in the center of the photo above: "We have made progress, but we need to make more progress."

Related, The Havana Times has published an interview with a young Cuban lesbian about living as an openly gay person in that country. When asked if gay men "suffer more police persecution than gay women," she responded:

"We all are socially pressured, and not only through police harassment but also from social rejection,  gestures or expressions, and when we don’t receive proper treatment in some place because someone is a “too mannish” or “too loose,” and consequently they’re discriminated against.  I don’t know if lesbians or if gays are the more rejected.  I think lesbians are harassed more; men tend to give looser reins to their ghoulish instincts without realizing that it doesn’t please us.  On the other hand, they humiliate us by subjecting us to their obscenities, often in public."

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  1. Allow me to copy in Spanish the answer that Mariela Castro gave in a recent interview to Russian newspaper RIA Novosti:

    "¿Qué mensaje puede ofrecer Ud. al pueblo ruso con relación a la homofobia y al derecho sexual?

    - Primero le recomiendo al pueblo ruso que retome el camino leninista del socialismo y que cuando retome el camino empiece a luchar contra todos los prejuicios que no les permitieron avanzar en sus mejores tiempos de socialismo."

    In short, her message to Russian homosexuals is go back to Lenin's socialism.

    Posted by: Antonio | May 16, 2010 5:46:49 AM

  2. Thanks for that post Antonio. That's the Castros' answer to every problem, huh. It'd be like Mary Cheney being asked a similar question and she replied, "tax cuts and torturing terror suspects is the answer to homophobia against American gays."

    Posted by: Anyway | May 16, 2010 9:09:22 AM

  3. Oh, those "goulish instincts." If only those Cuban men could learn to redirect them!

    Posted by: Charlie-o | May 16, 2010 5:40:59 PM

  4. I'm so glad Mariela Castro has been relentlessly fighting for LGBT rights in Cuba.

    Posted by: KFLO | May 16, 2010 8:41:28 PM

  5. This is PROPAGANDA. NO WAY this took place without Party OK, and The Party (Communist Party Dictatorship) approved it for PROPAGANDA purposes, primarily to influence western liberals/leftwingers, to show how cool and hip they are.

    Just my opinion.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 16, 2010 10:11:36 PM

  6. Why can't we travel to Cuba? The Europeans are enjoying themselves there and bringing Euros to the island, and we are stuck in the cold war. Hasn't this become silly?

    Posted by: Interested Bystander | May 17, 2010 10:33:57 AM

  7. If the LGBT community got any rights in Cuba, they'd be the only ones.

    Posted by: anon | May 17, 2010 1:15:59 PM

  8. This could be true . Living in Miami I know better than to ask many of the extreme right wing corrupt politician supporting Cubans here if this is true or not.

    A bigger fascist bunch I have never met. Ofcourse not all here are fascist but simply look at the politicians like Balart brothers-tea party darling Marco Rubio and you get a real good idea of the mentality here with most..

    Elected officials speak volumes about the people in an area.

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