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Cuba promotes right to freedom of sexual orientation
Published on May 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

March against homophobia in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Photo: Osvaldo Gutierrez/AIN

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The objective of the seventh Campaign against Homophobia and Transphobia, underway in Cuba until May 24, is to promote and defend the right to free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity.

Master of science Mariela Castro Espin, director of the National Center of Sex Education (CENESEX), announced on Monday in Havana, in the presence of national and foreign press, that activities are also aimed at acknowledging rights to sexuality as human rights.

The current program of the campaign, which began on Monday, will be carried out in Havana and in western Granma province. She specified that there will be educational, recreational, cultural and sport actions and also of training with a wide social approach.

Castro Espin, a psychologist and teacher, said that May 17, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, will be marked in Cuba in Buey Arriba, Bayamo.

The campaign will include the carrying out in Cuba, for the first time, of the Regional Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC), to be held at the Varadero beach resort and in Havana from May 6 through May 9.

Castro Espin specified that the new Labour Code in Cuba expressly guarantees that there shall be no labour discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gloria Careaga, of Mexico, general co-secretary of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), underlined that Cuba is among the countries defending and protecting sexual diversity and struggling to eliminate homophobic culture and sex discrimination.

Pedro Paradiso Sottile, of Argentina, regional secretary of ILGALAC, said that the holding of this conference in Cuba will strengthen the process underway in the nation for the promotion and protection of the rights of these persons, both on the island and in the entire region.

Participating in the meeting will be personalities from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, he added.
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