Gala performances, parades, dancing, academic debates and even a sport festival characterize the new Cuban campaign against homophobia and transphobia launched on May 10 in Havana.

Gala performances, parades, dancing, academic debates and even a sport festival characterize the new Cuban campaign against homophobia and transphobia launched on May 10 in Havana.Mariela Castro, director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), said that like in the previous edition, this new campaign calls for workplaces to be free of homophobia and transphobia.

According to CENESEX, this crusade is directed to the entire population and is part of its efforts to strengthen values based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination within the Cuban society.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Cuba is faced with signs of discrimination toward their right to occupy any position if they are qualified for that post, the CENESEX noted.

However, the context in which this year’s campaign is taking place is very favorable, Castro said.

During the 7th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party (PCC) held April 16-19, more elements were provided about issues related to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender, she explained.

“As a guest, I could see that these topics were not questioned. This shows that they are understood and supported within the PCC, and that some progress is being made,” the CENESEX director added.

Gala performances, parades, dancing, academic debates and even a sport festival characterize the new Cuban campaign against homophobia and transphobia launched on May 10 in Havana.The highlights of the ninth antihomophobia campaign are the activities organized for May 11 and 21, which include debates among experts and academics and cultural events, among others.

Also worth mentioning is the gala performance at Teatro Nacional de Cuba’s (Cuba’s National Theater) Avellaneda Hall, with the participation of renowned Cuban artists such as Cucú Diamantes and the Camerata Romeu Chamber Music Ensemble and famous Spanish singer Marta Sánchez, among others.

The campaign features the traditional conga from Havana’s La Piragua -famous open space along the Malecón sea wall drive- to the Rampa, a section of the central 23rd Street in the Vedado neighborhood.

As something new this year, the province of Matanzas, 98 kilometers east of the capital, is serving as a venue for the campaign as well.

Scheduled for May 21, a sport festival in support of diversity is the last activity of the campaign.

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