In the Americas, violence, discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from fully exercising their rights. However, significant progress has also been made towards protecting, recognizing and guaranteeing the rights of LGBTI people in a number of countries in the region.
All of this if of course only a small glimpse of what is happening.
Cuban gay rights activists held an unauthorized independent pride parade in Havana on Saturday despite the Communist government warning against it and calling it subversive, an unprecedented show of civil society in the one-party state.
The Cuban government has begun to distribute PrEP through a pilot program that began last month.
The following country profiles are derived in part from sections of the Human Rights Watch 2019 World Report that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
“The definition of marriage as the voluntary union agreed between two people seemed completely refreshing, which seemingly reflected a shift in mindsets that would put Cuban society on the same level as Spain or Argentina”
Evangelical churches had threatened to shoot down Cuba's new constitution over the inclusion of same-sex marriage in a referendum scheduled for early next year
Language saying marriage was between ‘two people with absolutely equal rights’ was dropped due to public pressure
Some evangelicals have warned of "total destruction" in Cuba should the country legalize same-sex marriage and have started campaigns against a proposed amendment to do so.
In Cuba, the debate over marriage equality reflects a changing society. This is the third installment in NACLA's forum on Cuba’s constitutional reform.
Cuban evangelical churches are petitioning against a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalise same-sex marriage
Cuba could become the 26th country in the world to officially recognize this right and the first country of a Communist and Socialist persuasion to take such a decision, which is even more striking as it comes as part of an entire constitutional reform.