My trip to Cuba was a chance to hear what Cubans have to say about all the changes and victories for their LGBT community. After talking to many of Mariela Castro's activists and volunteers, I can't help but think that what's potentially around the corner could be monumental for Cuba.
To discuss LGBT rights in Cuba in isolation from the larger reality of Cuba's human rights violations and its missing freedoms for all citizens would be intellectually dishonest and would whitewash the regime's repressions.
Mariela Castro Espin is a leader in Cuba's struggle to achieve equal rights for its LGBT people. In this interview, Mariela answers probing questions: the politics of advocating gay rights in Cuba, criticism of Soviet-style socialism, and her critique of capitalism.
Every slice of Twitter's 140 characters has made me a more tolerant and respectful person. Hence my surprise when Mariela Castro responded to the question I posed in a tweet: When will we Cubans come out of the other closets?
The Paseo del Prado remains the preferred site of those who want to bring back a photo of their stay in Havana. Perhaps it is the history of splendor and neglect that has made it the chosen site to celebrate Gay Pride Day in Cuba.