Mariela Castro leads LGBT march in Havana

Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights May 13, 2017 | by Michael K. Lavers –HAVANA — The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday led a march through the Cuban capital that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Mariela Castro, who directs Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, and more than 2,000 people marched from the Havana’s oceanfront to a pavilion that is near the Habana Libre hotel in the Vedado neighborhood.

She noted to her supporters after the march that CENESEX first commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia — which is May 17 — in 2007.

This year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia campaign will feature events in Havana and in the city of Santa Clara that highlight anti-bullying efforts in Cuban schools. Mariela Castro told her supporters the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia commemorations help promote acceptance of LGBT people on the Communist island.

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