Mariela Castro is to give equality to Cubans


Mariela Castro, the daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro, has said she supports LGBT Cubans and will use all the power she has in the country to make it possible for them to have a right to marry. Speaking to the press, the influential Cuban lawmaker, who is also the head of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, said that it is wrong that gay and lesbian Cubans are still limited in their basic human rights, so the situation requires immediate changes. She made the comments less than a month after her father Raúl Castro was replaced as President by Miguel Díaz-Canel. Castro told reporters that LGBT activists “have the strength” to pursue change, praising Díaz-Canel for the support he shows to LGBT. Homosexuality has been legal in Cuba since 1979, but there are little anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and no partnership rights for same-sex couples. Although acceptance of homosexuality has increased, much of the country’s LGBT movement is centred around Mariela Castro, a figure who still faces enormous scepticism internationally over her high-profile role as a gay rights campaigner.


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