Cuba’s Parliament Passes Protections for Lesbian and Gay Workers

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Cuba’s Parliament this weekend approved a change in the country’s labor code that will protect the Caribbean nation’s lesbian and gay population from workplace discrimination. The labor code will protect workers on the basis of sexual orientation, but activists are still urging the Parliament to add protections based on HIV status, political affiliation/opinion, and disability. Blogger Francisco Rodriguez broke the news in a series of tweets: “”Experienced a countless number of emotions today at the Parliament. We now have the 1st law that protects gays, in this case at the workplace. The intense parliamentary debate left it almost for certain that the labor law will also ban discrimination based on gender identity.  Mariela Castro proposed banning discrimination based on gender identity and obtained the support of Christian and intellectual parliamentary leaders.”
Some, though, feel that the change in labor code is all smoke and mirrors distracting from the lack of protections granted to people with different political opinions. The final version of the law fails to protect those with other political opinions despite an earlier version of the law that included this protection. Rodriguez called this move a major step backwards. Cuban-born US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted: “Don’t fall for this sham. There’s no freedom in Cuba.’” [blab]
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