LGBT march is cancelled in Cuba

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The attempts to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Cuba were unsuccessful, say the organizer of the festive march. The statement said the events were being cancelled due to “new tensions in the international and regional context” that were threatening the safety of Cubans directly and indirectly. It also said the country’s Ministry of Public Health ordered them to cancel the marches, and said they were acting in line with “the Party, the State and the Revolution. They noted that even though the march is canceled, some festive activities are still to be held. “On the contrary, the decision taken seeks to strengthen and protect everything planned for this edition, which even exceeds the program of last year, with a strong component of academic spaces,” the organizers state. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to raise awareness of LGBT+ rights violations. In Cuba, the event is celebrated with huge street parades and marches every year. This year will likely be a more muted affair with two of the biggest events cancelled.

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