Gay activists in Cuba demand that parliament respect their rights

Just days before Cuba’s second annual Gay Pride march on Sunday, gay rights activists demanded respect from Cuban lawmakers, as Juan O. Tamayo writes in this article for The Miami Herald.

Cuban gay activists held a kiss-in demonstration and presented a demand for respect to the country’s parliament on Thursday, as they prepared for the upcoming island’s second annual Gay Pride parade.

Fifty people — mostly gay rights activists but also a handful of dissidents such as Guillermo Fariñas and Martha Beatriz Roque — signed a petition calling for civil rights and handed it to the National Assembly of People’s Power, said Ignacio Estrada, a gay activist and dissident.

“Our document calls on the Cuban government to fully comply with international agreements it has signed on human rights, especially those that apply to LGBT rights,” Estrada said after delivering the petition.

The petition also calls on lawmakers to launch an investigation of the Military Units to Aid Production, or UMAPs — hard-labor camps created by Fidel Castro during the 1960s to detain homosexuals and government critics — and requests trials for government officials responsible for the camps.

Activists are also demanding that authorities stop applying the vaguely worded crime of “pre-criminal dangerousness” to gays and instead investigate complaints of those who are beaten or fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation, Estrada said.

Estrada married Wendy Iriepa last year after she underwent transgender surgery. At the time, Iriepa claimed that Mariela Castro, Cuban President Raúl Castro’s daughter and head of the National Center for Sex Education, fired her from her job at the CENESEX for consorting with a dissident.

Estrada said three gay rights groups that are independent of the CENESEX — the Cuban League Against AIDS, the Open Door Foundation and LGBT Observatory — will stage the island’s second annual Gay Pride march on Sunday.

Before last year’s parade, Cuba didn’t allow the march, which marks the Stonewall riots against police raids in New York in 1969, saying that the demonstration wasn’t necessary on the island. Police detained a number of gay activists last year to keep them away from the march, but about 20 managed to join.

The march this Sunday will start at the Capitol Building, once home of the Cuban government, move down Paseo del Prado boulevard and end at the seaside Malecón, Estrada told El Nuevo Herald by phone from Havana.

The “Kiss-In for Diversity and Equality” at the Ramón Fonst sports arena was organized by Project Rainbow, which calls itself an “anti-capitalist and independent LGBT group,” to mark the Stonewall riots.

The group was founded last year by Yasmin Portales Machado, who is described in her blog as a mother, a feminist and a “critical Marxist.”

“With this public and affectionate action we invite you to make the LGBT community in Cuba visible,” the group said in a statement. “We are part of the nation.

For the original report go to http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/28/2873429/gay-activists-in-cuba-demand-that.html#storylink=cpy

2 thoughts on “Gay activists in Cuba demand that parliament respect their rights

  1. YA ES TIEMPO DE DESHACERNOS DE LAS PANCARTAS OFICIALISTAS Y CELEBRATORIAS EN PRO DE LA HOMOSEXUALIDAD EN LA NACION CUBANA QUE SON EL SELLO DE UNA HIPROCRESIA POLITICA Y QUE SOLO HA PRODUCIDO PROMESAS VACIAS E INCOMPLETAS. SOMOS O NO SOMOS CIUDADANOS CUBANAS Y CUBANOS HOMOSEXUALES CON TODOS LOS DERECHOS ,GLORIOSAMENTE, BATALLADOS Y GANADOS POR NUESTRA NACION Y NUESTROS ANTEPASADOS? YA NO HES SUFICIENTE QUE NOS DEN UN PARQUE PARA ACALLAR NUESTRA MILENARIA INDIGNACION. SOMOS SERES HUMANOS EVOLUCIONANTES Y PENSANTES! CON IDEAS DE COMO MEJORAR NUESTRA QUERIDA NACION, LAS CUALES NO PODEMOS IMPLEMENYAR Y LOGRAR DEBIDO A LA DESCRIMINACION OPERANTE EN LA MAYORIA DE LAS SECTORES DE LA OFICIALIA POLITICA DE TURNO. LA MAYORIA DE LOS LIDERES DE NUESTRO ORGANISMO POLITICO UNICO SE HAN LEIDO EL PRIMER VOLUMEN DE MARX Y DE LA IDEOLOGIA QUE HAN ESTADO POR COMISION DE NUESTRO COLECTIVO NACIONAL IMPLEMENTANDO POR UN LARGO, LARGO ,LARGO TIEMPO, PERO NO SE HAN LEIDO LA SEGUNDA PARTE DE MARX NI HAN BATALLADO IDEOLOGICAMENTE POR EVOLUCIONAR HACIA UNA IMPLEMENTACION MAS LIBRE DE LOS ELEMENTOS IGUALITARIOS DE LA DOCTRINA QUE NOS LIBRO DE LAS GARRAS DE LA OPRESION EXCLUYENTE DEL CAPITALISMO COLONIZADOR DE NUESTRO VECINO EL TIO SAM. ADELANTE HOMOSEXUALES CUBANAS Y CUBANOS LA OPOSICION NO SABE QUE HACER EN CUBA AL IGUAL QUE ACA EN EL RESTO DEL UNIVERSO CONTROLADO POR LAS ELITES
    DEL PODER ANTI-HOMOSEXUAL Y OPOSITORES DE LA LIBERTAD DE DIVERSIDAD DE GENERO Y DESARROLLO SEXUAL HUMANO. QUE DIOS NOS BENDIGA A TODOS! HASTA LA VICTORIA, SIEMPRE! ANCIANO GOBERNANTE PEDRO PEREZ-ORTIZ/ PC(USA)- NUEVA YORK (6/30/2012)

  2. Que bueno verte en fotos querido Isbel. Sé que ganaràs la batalla por los derechos homosexuales en Cuba. Mis màs sinceras felicitaciones!
    Pablo.

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