Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What Would Mariela Say?

So much for all the talk of Cuba's emerging sense of gay rights...I must say, I definitely saw this one coming...

Cuba's Gay Pride Parade Canceled

Havana - Cuba's first Gay Pride parade was abruptly canceled Wednesday, before it even began.

The unofficial march, organized with Florida's Unity Coalition, was not sanctioned by Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, which is headed by Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro.

Activist Mario Jose Delgado announced the cancellation of the march moments before it was to start Wednesday at a park in Havana. He said two organizers who were to deliver a set of demands to the Justice Ministry were detained one day earlier. Delgado said he has no details of the arrests.

"The president of the Cuban League Against AIDS and the president of the Foundation LGTB Reinaldo Arenas in Memoriam have been arrested," Delgado said. "They were to be here with our written demands but now we cannot carry out our activity."

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