Fighting homophobia


The 4th Cuban Meeting against Homophobia will be held next month all over the country.

Prior to the event, there have been sexual diversity talks and actions. Promoted mainly by the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX), they have involved lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and many other groups.

A large number of organizations and institutions will implement activities in May, seeking to further educate families and society at large, and promote respect for different sexual orientations and gender identity rights under equity and justice.

The main ceremony on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) will take place in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. Such a day was first observed on the island in 2008.

The program includes a Forum on Sexuality in Cuba Today, a lecture by CENESEX director Mariela Castro, the launching of the book Confesiones a un médico (Confessions to a doctor), written by Jorge Pérez, director of the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), and the exhibition of Gerardo Chijona's film Boleto al paraíso (Ticket to paradise), which is based on the book.

Conga dance and theater groups will perform at Dolores and Marte squares, and a cultural gala is scheduled for the Cuba Theater on May 17.

The program also features information sessions on STIs and HIV/AIDS, concerts, exhibitions, and quick-change artist performances on May 3-26.

The National Association of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC) plans to hold a meeting on May 13, at its headquarters in the capital city. The so-called Conga against Homophobia will be staged on the following day, from the Seawall Drive to the Cuba Pavilion on 23rd Street (downtown Havana).

A Cultural Gala for Sexual Diversity will be held at the Karl Marx Theater on May 7-8.

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