IDAHOT Report 2014: Cuba

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For the last seven years, the celebration of May 17 in Cuba has been organized by the group CENESEX (National Center for Sexual Education). In 2014 as in previous years, events around the IDAHOT spread out into a month of festivities, with countless events taking place and high level public figures participating in the commemorations.

The series of events for 2014 was aimed at promoting and defending people’s rights to be free, and to enjoy their sexual orientation and gender identity. Whilst actions provided a space for art, knowledge exchange and fun, they also constituted a reaffirmation of Cuban sexual and human rights activism.

In the eastern province of Granma, the Cuban Day Against Homophobia 2014 welcomed sexual rights activists who came from different regions of the island, under the slogan: “Home is love, respect, inclusion, family-free of homophobia and transphobia.”
In early May, the VI Regional Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) was also held, as a preliminary activity in which the particular realities of life for LGBTI people in different regions of Latin America were presented and discussed by different community participants.

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