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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Camaguey, venue of Cuban Campaign against Homophobia and Transphobia



Camaguey, May 18.- Gender equality, equal opportunities, protection of the family, key issues that were recognized in the latest constitutional reform in Cuba, are being discussed at the Cuban Campaign against Homophobia and Transphobia, which took place in this city.

“We are speaking about a space that shows the Cuban State's political will, which is contained in an economic and social plan and which implies eliminating any signs of inequality and discrimination,” said Manuel Vazquez, the coordinator of the Campaign in its 12th edition.

“We plan that all our theoretical activities are educational and pedagogical, and that our scientific results are the foundation of reflection,” noted Mariela Castro, director of the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX), which is attached to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

Cuba, which is increasingly seeking spaces of social inclusion, cannot lose sight of the efforts to discredit any governmental actions to support the LGTBI community, so we have an attempt at sabotaging the conga that was scheduled in Havana, by counterrevolutionary elements who manipulated the meaning of the march,” Mariela Castro pointed out.

“Unfortunately, they distort an activity that only aims to draw attention but to reflect, never to provoke, because it is about uniting us and that is the emancipating nature of the Cuban Revolution,” noted Mariela Castro, who is also a lawmaker at the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament).

The University of Medical Sciences was hosting the academic event that consisted of workshops on sexualities and rights: towards a committed reflection, “and are based on the Constitution with new dynamics that focus on recognizing the diversity of families and the State's duty to protect them,” Vazquez stressed.

In a Latin American context marked by violence against the LGTBI, with a high incidence of homicides due to alarming homophobia and transphobia, despite the influence of social movements, rules and achievements in terms of laws, Cuba focuses on boosting actions in favor of all the rights of all people.

The Campaign's agenda also included the staging of plays at the Avellaneda Theater, plastic art exhibitions and the main National Gala against Homophobia and Transphobia. (PL)