Cuba Launches Campaign against Homo- and Transphobic Harassment in Schools

Latin American Herald May 4, 2017 | HAVANA – The Cuban National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex) will launch a campaign this year against homophobic and transphobic harassment or bullying in schools in an alliance with organizations from civil society and the island’s Education Ministry.

The campaign will be part of the activities for the 10th Cuban Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, which will be celebrated through May 17, as announced on Wednesday by the organization’s director, Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro.

Although there are no figures available and Cuba asserts that it has a “relatively low” incidence of the phenomenon compared with other countries, that does not mean that this kind of violence does not exist, said Castro, who has headed Cenesex since 2000.

“The quantity is not important. What’s important is the experience of each person. This discriminatory behavior does much damage. So, we’ve chosen to work in this very important area of the community, of society, which is the school,” she said.

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