American Activists Visit Cuba to Celebrate Pride

American Activists Visit Cuba to Celebrate Pride

Gay and lesbian leaders from the United States visited Cuba last week to mark Pride celebrations on the island. From May 12-14, LGBTQ activists “who have petitioned the Cuban government to recognize equal marriage rights for Cuban same-sex couples and create legal protections for transgender Cubans”  joined locals in Havana to mark the celebration.

“Business leaders at our top companies like American Airlines, Google, and Facebook have helped build bridges between Americans and the Cuban people, and it’s also important for the LGBT movement in the United States to create stronger connections with the brave gay and lesbian Cubans who are petitioning their government for the freedom to marry the person they love,” Freedom to Work founder Tico Almeida said. “While we wait for the United States Congress to repeal the absurd travel ban that still restricts Americans’ freedom to travel to Cuba, we can participate in legal ‘people to people’ travel opportunities that allow us to meet with leaders of Cuban civil society and exchange ideas about promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in both countries.”

In the past decade Cuba has significantly increased protections for the LGBT community, in comparison to other Caribbean nations, but there is still work to be done.

“Updating Cuba’s laws related to family recognition is especially important to many Cubans I’ve met, including a committed lesbian couple who are raising children together without the protections of marriage equality,” an activist said.

Interested in visiting and learning about the LGBT community in Havana? Check out our coverage. 

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