Isbel Diaz

The Dying Throes of Havanas Carnival

August 14, 2014 | No Comments »

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.

Cuban LGBTI take their demands to the Attorney General

August 2, 2014 | No Comments »

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.

Gay and Anti-Capitalist?

July 29, 2014 | 8 comments

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.

Cuba’s New Labor Code Did Not Ignore Sexual Diversity

July 16, 2014 | No Comments »

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.

Putin: The World’s Champion of Homophobia Travels to Cuba

July 10, 2014 | 41 comments

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.

Cuba Customs Returns my Confiscated Belongings

July 3, 2014 | 4 comments

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.

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana

June 25, 2014 | 13 comments

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.

My Statement at the LGBTI Movement Regional Conference

May 15, 2014 | 4 comments

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.

Rights in Cuba are Already Male Rights

April 23, 2014 | 6 comments

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.

Troubled Tree Planting in Havana

April 15, 2014 | 5 comments

None of the silk cotton (ceiba) trees I’ve planted as part of the Guardabosques (“Forest Ranger”) initiative I created in 2007 with a group of people concerned about the city’s trees have survived to date. I admit I no longer know what to do about this, as I’ve tried every strategy I’ve deemed appropriate.