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Mariela Castro Votes Against Cuban Government, Voices Support For Transgender Rights



Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuba’s president Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, has made the first recorded vote against the government in a show of support for LGBT people, reports NPR.

Castro was behind the sixth International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference held in Cuba earlier this year.

The proposed update to Cuba's expansive labor code included explicit protections based on sexual orientation. However, Castro said that because it didn't also specify protections for people based on their gender identity and HIV status, it was inconsistent with her beliefs.

It is thought to be the first time that a government bill has been voted against.

However, according to LGBTI News, Baruch College Latin American studies professor Ted Henken said that Castro’s vote “is more a sign of what Mariela can get away with than a sign of what your everyday parliamentarian can get away with.”

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  1. Cuban has changed a great deal in the way they (mis)treat its LGBT citizens. I refused to go there for a long time because of the way they abused our Cuban brothers and sisters but thanks to Ms. Castro, that's changing. Cubans LGBT might still have to live in the shadows but they are a very PROUD group. I love visiting Havana and meeting the gay Cuban men. They're so lovely (not just physically) and welcoming, and they just LOVE to talk about what life will be like when things change even more for them. I can't wait to go back.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 20, 2014 12:28:15 PM

  2. It's a great thing that she didn't die in that plan crash a couple of weeks ago (as it was originally reported). We need as many of the Mariela Castros in this world around as long as possible.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 20, 2014 12:32:49 PM

  3. Why is this story here? There isn't a single masculine attractive white gay man involved at all! Towleroad is all about transgenders and Cubans and women now.

    Posted by: JacobWilford | Aug 20, 2014 12:52:17 PM

  4. @ "Why is this story here? There isn't a single masculine attractive white gay man involved at all! Towleroad is all about transgenders and Cubans and women now."


    Shut the fvck up. We already did Nazis on this blog...years ago.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 20, 2014 1:02:03 PM

  5. She was great in "Gloria."

    Posted by: jimstoic | Aug 20, 2014 1:31:31 PM

  6. Brave woman. For others interested in the gay life in Cuba, watch the TLA's release: "The Last Match"

    Posted by: Alain | Aug 20, 2014 2:08:53 PM

  7. Will she be treated in the same way that the hero Che Guevara treated political dissidents? Execution?

    Posted by: jeo | Aug 20, 2014 2:31:49 PM

  8. I call bs. This is being carefully orchestrated by the communist party of Cuba (a tiny, very wealthy elite),probably for the purposes of making Cuba look better in the eyes of western 'progressives'. This lady I
    s a hack, nothing else. Everything she does is orchestrated and staged.

    And NO DEMONSTRATION OR PARADE is tolerated in Cuba unless fully backed and orchestrated by The Party. Anyone else would be arrested and dragged off to prison.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 20, 2014 2:43:14 PM

  9. Ratbastard, know for his racist, GOP paranoia, is being racist and paranoid. Shocking.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 20, 2014 3:05:32 PM

  10. Good for Mariela.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 20, 2014 4:08:12 PM

  11. @ "Tyler",

    Hello Raymond. Get an effing real job. Stop smooching off mom and dad.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 20, 2014 4:16:12 PM

  12. ratbastard: If you know something about Cuba you should know that Raúl is not the same that Fidel. Raúl knows the time of the revolution is over and he needs to open the country.
    And Mariela is just doing that. In the end it won't be so difficult because Cubans are people who like to live and let live, but she is doing a great job, and it's stupid deny that

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 20, 2014 4:23:09 PM

  13. The evil Castro brothers ( yes they are a two headed undying monsters) are responsible for sending gays and lesbians to concentration camps in 1960's.

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 20, 2014 6:11:00 PM

  14. Some US states castrated gay men until the 70s.

    Posted by: Pandion | Aug 20, 2014 10:01:12 PM

  15. Castro is a great leader, funny to see bourgeois liberals whine about him today. Cuba has a much higher quality of life than comparable countries in the regions which embraced capitalism. Cuba is a better place to live than Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, etcetera.

    Posted by: Nathan | Aug 21, 2014 8:57:52 AM

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