State Department Reconsiders, Approves Mariela Castro for Visa to Pick Up Gay Rights Award

Last week I reported that Mariela Castro, the Cuban gay rights activist and daughter of President Raul Castro was being denied a visa to travel to Philadelphia's Equality Forum to pick up an award.

CastroThey have reconsidered, CNN reports:

Initially not expected to receive a visa, the official said the case was "looked at again" and "the restriction on her visa has been lifted, which will allow her to travel" to the event on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues…Contacted by CNN on Monday, the organizers said they had not received official confirmation that Mariela Castro would attend. She is scheduled to take part in a panel discussion on May 4 and to receive an award from the Equality Forum as an "International Ally for LGBT Equality."


  1. David Hearne says

    Good. The US needs to show that we are not afraid of ideas or the people who have them. Robert Mugabe being denied a visa would make sense because he’s a murderer. Miss Castro does not, to my knowledge, carry the same threat or baggage.

  2. George F says

    Awesome! Between all the high-rank support for Jason Collins yesterday and this we can say LGBT people are more and more powerful in the US now! YAy for that.

  3. Endo says

    Cuba is not so bad. It is a bunch of big babies with ulterior motives that complain about the Castros. There are so many worse places in the world that it is folly to complain about Cuba. Cuban exiles are just trash that put their own personal fortunes above the well-being of their countrymen. Castro was well to be rid of them, and we were worse off for taking them.

  4. ratbastard says

    Cuba under Castro is a dump. A pit. And average Cubans have an awful life, with little hope for a future unless they escape. This is a fact.

    As for Ms. Castro, I could care less if she’s given a visa or not. I actually would re-establish relations with Cuba, it would make it easier to effectively promote reform and change. But there’s always the possibility the U.S. government has information, specifically regarding Castro and things he may have been involved in in the past, that they they aren’t releasing to the general public. This past history of behavior not being publicly acknowledged may be of such gravity that the U.S government feels it can never re-establish normal relation while the Castro family is in charge.

  5. andrew says

    @Endo: “There are so many worse places in the world.” Yep. That is about the only good thing you can say about Catro’s Cuba. After about 60 years of Communist dictatorship it is a barely functioning society.

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