Kiss-in protest for gay rights in Cuba

Activists in Havana puckered up for LGBT rights, delivering a petition to the island's government demanding more respect

Kiss-in protest for gay rights in Cuba
29 June 2012

Gay activists in Cuba held a kiss-in protest to demand more rights for LGBT people ahead of the island’s second pride festival.

The demonstration at the Ramón Fonst sports arena saw 50 campaigners hold banners calling for more respect from the Communist government.

LGBT group Project Rainbow, organizers of the Kiss-in for Diversity and Equality, said in a statement: ‘With this public and affectionate action we invite you to make the LGBT community in Cuba visible. We are part of the nation.’

Read more here:

Activists later delivered a petition to the National Assembly of People’s Power.

‘Our document calls on the Cuban government to fully comply with international agreements it has signed on human rights, especially those that apply to LGBT rights,’ gay activist Ignacio Estrada told the Miami Herald.

Protestors are also calling for the government to launch an investigation into  hard-labor camps which gays and political prisoners were held during the 1960s and to look into the persecution of LGBT people in the workplace.

Cuba’s gay pride parade will take place in the capital Havana on Sunday (1 July).

Last year’s event saw a number of gay activists arrested and the march initially banned on the grounds that it was not necessary in the country.

Hundreds turned out to march in a similar gay rights parade in the capital to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May.



No thumbnail available

Bankers race up skyscraper’s 900 stairs to raise HIV cash

Bankers run up one of London’s tallest buildings to help Barclays’ LGBTI staff group Spectrum raise cash for London HIV charity
No thumbnail available

Elton John to write book on AIDS epidemic

The singer and AIDS activist will write personal account of epidemic
No thumbnail available

Nicaragua makes gay marriage, adoption illegal

This is the biggest stepback for a Latin American country in years
No thumbnail available

Himalayas offer asylum for persecuted LGBTs

Nepal’s pioneering gay rights group opens Pink Himalayan Center in Kathmandu to shelter victims and people with HIV/AIDS
No thumbnail available

Man fights for life after shooting outside Rainbow Warehouse in Birmingham

A 35-year-old is in critical condition and two are being held in police after incident outside gay-friendly club in the English Midlands
No thumbnail available

GOProud prepares to join marriage debate

GOProud changes course and will do battle for marriage equality
No thumbnail available

The global network changing the business of travel

Travel Massive founder Ian Cumming is using social media to create value through grassroots collaboration.
No thumbnail available

SS16 London Collections: Men – James Long

Informally formal in paisley, denim, and ruffles.
Gay porn star Jarec Wentworth found guilty in $1.5m extortion case

Gay porn star Jarec Wentworth found guilty in $1.5m extortion case

Sean Cody model faces up to 53 years in prison
No thumbnail available

Former senior Australian Liberal MP says marriage equality won’t pass under Abbott

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer doubts same-sex marriage will pass under Tony Abbott but does believe the new prime minister will allow a conscience vote on the issue during his term in office