Cuba and Albania march for LGBT rights

May 14, 2018

HAVANA (CBSMiami) – Thousands of members of Cuba’s LGBT community staged a colorful parade through the streets of Havana on Saturday against homophobia and to call for equal rights for the community.

Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of former Cuban President Raul Castro and who heads Cuba’s National Sexual Education Centre (CENESEX), was in the parade. She has made great strides as Cuba’s top LGBT activist in pushing for gay marriage laws and said she has high hopes those rights would be expanded after last month’s Communist Party Congress.

Cuban homosexuals, persecuted in the 1960s and 1970s by authorities who sent many gays to military-run work camps, have gained more freedom in recent years.

Fidel Castro, who ruled the island for almost half a century after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, surprised many in 2010 by expressing regret in an interview for the repression of homosexuals during the early years of his revolution.

The parade in Havana was held ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

Cuba and Albania march for LGBT rights
13 May 2018 Euronews
Homosexuals were persecuted in Cuba in the 1960s and 1970s, but the campaign for equality now has a powerful voice.

Mariela Castro, the daughter of former President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, is Cuba’s most prominent LGBT activist. “We are working together with the state, with the party, with civil society, to educate the Cuban people, to change mindsets and to advance our rights,” she said.

The rainbow flag was also flying high on the other side of the world – with LGBT organisations in Albania holding their seventh annual pride event. Scores marched along Tirana’s main Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard.

Organisers said the march was held to raise public awareness in a country where homophobia is still widespread.

Original Link: http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/13/international-marches-for-lgbt-rights

Cuba: Mariela Castro leads LGBT parade in Havana

Gay rights activists dance during the 11th annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, Cuba, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Cuba’s LGBT Community Stage Parade In Havana

Cuban homosexuals, persecuted in the 1960s and 1970s by authorities who sent many gays to military-run work camps, have gained more freedom in recent years.

Mariela Castro, center, daughter of Cuban former President Raul Castro and the director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), participates in the gay pride parade in Havana, on May 12, 2018.Yamil Lage
Dancers and drag queens perform on a float pulled by a tractor during the annual LGBT pride parade in Havana on May 12, 2018. The march commemorates the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, celebrated globally on May 17.Desmond Boylan / AP

 

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