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Posted May 17, 2012 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Comments by Rob Sequin: The original title is “LGBT Rights in Cuba, the United States and Beyond: Mariela Castro and Rea Carey in Conversation” but I think my title is a fair interpretation.

I find it interesting that New York taxpayers are paying to host the daughter of a Communist leader.

She may want human rights for gays and lesbians but her father isn’t doing much to respect human rights in Cuba.

So, I thought I’d change the title a bit so people really understand what will happen on May 29 at the New York PUBLIC library.

I am not opposed to the topic but I do have some reservations about the venue hosting her. This should be a privately funded event at a private location paid for with private funds and not funded by taxpayers.

Also, you’ll notice this line below: “Initial funding of the LGBT Initiative provided by Time Warner Inc”. I am curious to know if Time Warner is funding Ms. Castro in ANY way. If so, people AND shareholders should know about that too.

For the record, I do not support “sex reassignment surgery”.

LGBT Rights in Cuba, the United States and Beyond: Mariela Castro and Rea Carey in Conversation

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Program Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees Room

First come, first served - Seating is limited and will be first come first served.

Initial funding of the LGBT Initiative provided by Time Warner Inc.

In 2010 the Cuban government began providing sex reassignment surgery free of charge as part of their universal healthcare. This was the result of several years of work by the Cuban National Center for Sex Education under the leadership of Mariela Castro Espín, niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro. The current developments in LGBT rights in Cuba are remarkable given the discrimination suffered by gays, lesbians, and transgender people in Cuba in the 20th century, as well as comparison with current LGBT movements in the U.S. and abroad.

Please join us on Tuesday May 29th at 7pm in the Trustees Room of the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as Mariela Castro Espín and Rea Carey, Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, discuss the current international context of LGBT rights, including issues of sexual identity and orientation in contemporary Cuba.

Mariela Castro Espín is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX). She was President of the Cuban Society for the Multidisciplinary Study of Sexuality (SOCUMES) from 2000 to 2010. She is president of the Cuban Multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of Sexuality, president of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity, member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting, and Combatting AIDS, and an executive member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). She is also the director of the journal Sexología y Sociedad, a magazine of Sexology edited by her own National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX). She is the author of 9 books, published in Cuba and abroad, among them Transexuality in Cuba (Havana, CENESEX Publishing House, 2008). In 2009 she was awarded with the Public Service Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and in 2012 she received the Eureka Award for Academic Excellence, given by the World Council of University Academy (COMAU). She is married with 3 children.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 18, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    1. The Obama administration last month granted Josefina Vidal from the Cuban Foreign Ministry a visa to come to the US last month.

    2. Havana historian Eusebio Leal was also granted a visa to present at the New York Public Library on May 15. He visited several other locations in New York City as though he was in the US on vacation.

    3. However, academics from Cuba are being denied visas.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 18, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Obviously the Obama Administration gave the green light to certain Cuban government officials for some reason.

    Maybe some sort of high level talks or more direct lines of communication?

    Why else would senior Cuban government officials be granted visas while regular academics are being denied? Because they didn’t get the green light from higher up.

    Something is going on. The US lets one of the Cuban Five go home to Cuba on parole then Vidal, Leal and now Mariela Castro come to the US.

    I hope we get something in return… more like someone named Alan Gross.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 31, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Mariella won’t take questions from reporters, talks to a handpicked audience, endorses Obama and believes Cuba’s electoral process is fair.

    Sounds like a good Cuban Communist to me.

    Let’s not put her on too high a pedestal just because she’s an advocate for gay rights… for other good Communists only of course.


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