Fidel Castro's niece (Raul's daughter) is campaigning for an end to homophobia in Cuba. To that end, she championed a telenovela with a bisexual storyline, and is now advocating for free surgery and hormone therapy for transsexuals.
Castro said many people ask her if she plans to push legalization of gay marriages.
"We do not know what we will propose. It depends on what we identify as homosexuals' and lesbians' main needs," Castro said.
"Marriage is not as important in Cuba as in other more Catholic countries. Here consensual pairing is more important," she said, "What matters is love."
If this is really true, this would be a big step for Cuba, which has a terrible record on the rights of the LGBTQ community, including its approach to AIDS and public health. Mariela Castro has the kind of connections to make headway, especially legally, however it remains to be seen whether this marks a real initiative.
Now let's see how long before libruls and teh gays get painted with this particular commie brush.Posted by binky at June 29, 2006 09:05 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Latin America | Liberty | Religion