About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Parade Against Homophobia in Havana

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on May 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Font : A-A+

 Parade Against Homophobia in Havana

A conga line in central Havana had more than 300 people parading to the beat of drums and trumpets in a protest against homophobia.

"We must change consciousness," said Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro, who convened the parade as the head of a national center for sex education.

Advertisement

Participants danced through La Rampa, in the crowded heart of central Havana, for more than half an hour, evoking a range of reactions from onlookers, from approval to indifference to mockery.

"I came to dance and to protest against homophobia," said Farah Mariah, who claims to be the first person in Cuba to undergo a sex change and now calls herself the "Diva of the Transvestites."
Advertisement

"Socialism, yes; homophobia, no," protesters chanted.

Signs in the crowd read "I didn't lose a daughter, I gained two," and "Hatred and fear are vanquished only with love."

Cuba's communist regime outlawed homosexuality during the 1960s, going so far as to intern gays in work camps, and homosexuals endured social ostracism in the decades that followed.

Castro's National Center of Sexual Education has campaigned to turn around Cuban attitudes about gays over the past seven years.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Dance Against Homophobia Urged by Castro's Daughter
Cubans have been urged by Raul Castro's daughter to join a traditional "conga" dance against ......
Australia's 'Homophobia-free Zones' Plan Under Attack
Australia's gay capital Sydney came under attack from a rebel city councillor on Monday over its ......
LGBT Community Converges For Global Day Against Homophobia
The International Day Against Homophobia, initiated by a Quebec organization, will be celebrated in ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use