Events Start in Cuba for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2011

The press conference was attended by activists of social networks and specialists of CENESEX to announce the activities to be held in the capital city and other provinces throughout the month, with the central celebrations in Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in the country. Under the slogan "Diversity is humanity", the program includes panels, debates, conferences, exhibitions, music and a traditional artistic gala, with prominent figures of Cuban art and performance in the country's largest theater, the Karl Marx.

It was stressed that the work that now extends throughout the year, this time is most visible in the educational work that is done, with emphasis on family and youth, the strategy for the respect for free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity. It was also noted the prominence they have had and will continue to organize these social networking activities of the Centre, consisting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

"Our message is to establish relations of equality, justice based on respect for the full dignity of people and contribute through a lifelong education strategy to promote respect for free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity, including heterosexuals" said Mariela Castro. The Director of CENESEX also referred to the debate about the cost to the Cuban public health of sexual reassignment operations, noting that the main expenses were the result of international cooperation projects managed by the institution.

On the proposal to reform the Family Code, including the recognition of legal unions of same-sex couples, said maintaining the work schedule of the Parliament for consideration. He also stressed the express will of the Communist Party of Cuba to involve the media in the educational strategy that leads the CENESEX against homophobia.

He also noted the work done by the police institution, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Education, on a sectoral basis, progress in the development and implementation of policies and strategies for open and inclusive spaces and strengthen respect for diversity.

For more details on the Fourth Cuban Day Against Homophobia 2011, visit: http://diversidadcenesex.blogcip.cu/jornada-contra-la-homofobia/

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