Cuban Days against Homophobia and Transphobia in cyberspace
Cuban Days against Homophobia and Transphobia celebrate their 13th edition throughout the month of May, for the first time in cyberspace due to the health situation created by Covid-19. Organized by the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex), the various actions organized for these days can be followed through the institution's social networks and the Entrediversities digital platform. Conferences, forums, panels, dialogue on networks and artistic presentations are included in the online program of the conference, which thus joins the promotion of the necessary social isolation against Covid-19. Among the topics to be addressed are Deconstructing myths about homo-affective families and couples; Constitutional and sexual rights in Cuba: progress and main challenges; the Challenges of LGBTI movements in Latin America and the Caribbean; Initiatives by LGBTI activists in the face of the social impact of Covid-19. Sexual rights and religious fundamentalisms, the latter with the participation of representatives from the Martin Luther King Memorial Center, the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Center and the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Activists from other countries will participate in several virtual actions, such as Ari Vera, from Mexico; Darío Arias, from Argentina, and Colette Espinetti, from Uruguay. The sessions began with a virtual appearance by Mariela Castro Espín and Manuel Vázquez, director and deputy director of Cenesex, respectively. Castro Espín stressed that the country’s progress in terms of the rights of LGBTIQ + people are the result of the political will of the Cuban State, without which "we could not have done anything." In this sense, she pointed out that it is necessary to unite wills to make visible the different realities that still deserve educational and ideological attention, so that the need for change is understood. For his part, Vázquez highlighted the experience of using social networks, which should be promoted after the pandemic ends to promote dialogue with population sectors such as adolescents, as well as legal advice and psychological support services.