Mariela Castro has worked tirelessly to push for LGBT equality laws and public tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people in her country.
Cuba still has a long way to go itself on this front (there’s no recognition at all of same-sex relationships and i’m not sure any anti-discrimination legislation) but it’s because of her that trans Cubans are entitled to sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy free of charge.
If older men like Fidel can have a change of heart, then not only Cuba but in many places in the world , we will see an incredible social and personal revolution. Individuals to be free to be who they are! I live in hope because that is what we have!
It is utterly amazing the difference in the two women whose stories we read today. One a product of Capitalism and the other the product of Communism. The latter clearly educated and intelligent and the former an ill educated, intellectually bereft trollop who believes the world was “created” 6000 years ago… Nuff said.
For all its manifest faults in other respects, Castro’s communist regime put a greater emphasis on educating women (properly) than Alaska’s ‘hockey moms’ clearly do. And of course it was free of subservience to the will of Gaad.
Agreed. We are looking at one individual who has carved a position for themselves in society, and another who seems to me to merely be a parasite riding her parent’s coat tails. Unless someone can tell me differently, the Palin kid has no qualifications or experience in her own right to make her a useful contributor to any debate on this issue.
One idiot praising another mega idiot!!
Why, who’ve you been praising, ‘honest’?
It seems you are the Court Jester, honest!
Why bother taking the time to write that?
Cuba appears to be moving to join the list of many countries that are likely to join the list of nations who recognise love and commitment in same sex couples and their civil right to marry.
…Seems to be on course to be made law later this year.
Mariela Castro has been an untiring advocate of GLB rights and particularly so for trans patients, succeeding in getting treatment and drugs paid for by the state. She has now turned he hand to Marriage Equality and GLB rights in general She was instrumental in Fidel Castro’s volte-face in 2910 and looks like she just may be Cubas leader in waiting…….
Personally as an American, I am tired of the US treating Cuba as they have for so long. I mean it was the US that left Cuba, abandoning their agreement, and allowed the Soviets to get a foothold there. Tourism would help them create a modern country and it is beautiful there. This lady will be part of the creation of their future as she sounds like someone that genuinely cares about her people and country.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN CUBA- 2010
Restrictions on freedom of expression in Cuba are systematic and entrenched. The Cuban authorities frequently quote threats to national security, independence and sovereignty as their justification for taking action against those peacefully expressing criticisms of government policies or exposing human rights violations. In particular, they highlight decades of interference in Cuban domestic affairs by the US government. In the 2007 White Book outlining Cuba’s official position on foreign policy and human rights, the government asserts the limits to freedom of opinion and expression that it considers applicable: “The exercise of freedom of opinion and expression has as sole restriction the limits defined by the defence of national independence and sovereignty,