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Rare Glimpse Into Cuba's Reclusive LGTB Collective

Holly Royce - Metro UK
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December 25, 2016

LGTB collective awake in Havana, Cuba (Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto)

It’s well documented that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have suffered abysmally and been subject to endless discrimination around the world.

In Cuba the community were ostracized from the very beginning of the Cuban revolution in 1959. Those with differing sexual orientations and/or gender identities were seen as ‘sick’ right up until 1979, when homosexuality was finally legalized.

While we often applaud ourselves for our progressive thinking, LGBT communities, especially in Cuba still suffer at the hands of outdated thinking.

Mariela Castro (yep, that’s the daughter of President Raul Castro) is a psychologist with a master’s degree in sexuality and the director of the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX) is working hard to address the problem.

Today sex-change operations are permitted and funded by the state in Cuba and discrimination based on sexual orientation at work is prohibited.

With this kind of frame work in place, a revolution is begging to take place.

Check out the photo series into the beautiful and reclusive world of LGBT community in Cuba at Metro UK

  Check out ACT LGBT Association of Commerce & Tourism

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