By a strange twist of fate I am unaware of, my first trip abroad took me to the place I had wished to visit the most. This trip served to confirm something I already suspected: what I like most about Brazil is its sensual language and its boundless music. (26 photos)
Havana’s official weekly newspaper Tribuna is announcing that “the Havana carnaval is on” with photos of picturesque masquerades. The contrast with one’s actual experience any given night at the ocean drive is significant. The two realities are completely divorced from one another.
In the name of the Rainbow Project (Proyecto Arcoíris), I delivered a letter last Thursday to the Cuban Attorney General’s Office. The letter is a denunciation of violations committed by the “Style and Contents Commission” of the National People’s Power Assembly who were responsible for the final draft of the Labor Code.
That a person or group should defend gay rights and also assume an anti-capitalist posture is something that makes many commentators at digital fora, journalists, some sociologists and even LGBTI activists uncomfortable.
Haroldo Dilla has just published an interesting article on the situation of Cuba’s LGBT community. It is a shame his analysis is based on information that is completely false and that he should misinform his readers with a take on things that is clearly biased.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps the most powerful homophobic leader on the planet, will be received with a great song and dance this Friday in Havana, where he is to meet with his counterpart Raul Castro and Fidel Castro.
This past Tuesday, I went to Terminal 2 of Havana’s International Airport to demand the return of my belongings, arbitrarily confiscated days before following my arrival from the United States, where I had taken part in the LASA Conference.
Following a one-month stay in the United States. I arrived at terminal 2 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to be received by Cuban State Security agents. Customs officers then proceeded to take away my cell phone and other belongings.
I had the privilege of participating in the recently concluded VI International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGA -LAC), held at the Plaza America Convention Center in the tourist town of Varadero.
Fellow Havana Times blogger and friend Yenisel Rodriguez has just published a provocative piece criticizing the ways in which feminism, gender studies and research on masculinity issues have been developing in Cuba and the world. I would like to share my points of agreement and disagreement with his thesis here.