Days against Homophobia, Transphobia Begin in Cuba

Havana, May 4 (Prensa Latina) The 11th edition of the Cuban Days against Homophobia and Transphobia began today to promote respect for responsible sexual orientation and gender identity, as justice and social equity.

In a press conference the director of the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), Mariela Castro, stressed the importance of educating to overcome prejudices, a reason guiding this campaign towards schools ‘where a comprehensive sexuality education needs to be achieved.’

Castro commented that there are still few studies on homophobia and transphobia in Cuba, especially those that deal with the origin of the prejudices and stereotypes associated with gender roles.

The few investigations that have deepened in the subject identified difficulties in the processes of adaptation and school stay of trans people for not accepting the school uniform established according to their legal identity, she said.

There were also experiences of rejection and physical, verbal and psychological abuse exercised by students and teachers who do not accept the gender expressions of these people, who in many cases are excluded.

These days will take place until May 18 under the motto ‘For schools without homophobia or transphobia, I include myself’ in which conferences, workshops, photographic exhibitions, cultural galas and cinematographic exhibitions will be held.

As in previous editions, the so-called Cuban Conga will be carried out along the capital’s Linea street and culminate in Jose Antonio Echevarria recreational center with the performance of several artists such as the humorist Panfilo and the popular Los Van Van orchestra.

These days organized by Cenesex are supported by the Communist Party of Cuba, the Ministry of Education, the Federation of Cuban Women and the Central Workers of Cuba, among other organizations, institutions and civil society organizations.

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