Raul Castro’s Daughter Pushes for Civil Unions in Cuba
The president of Cuba Raul Castro’s daughter and Fidel Castro’s niece, Mariela Castro, recently stated that the nation would consider legalizing civil unions, the Agence France Presse reported in a Jan. 17 article.
Mariel is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and has been an activist for LGBT rights.
"According to the Justice Minister [Maria Esther Reus]... it is going to be discussed in the assembly, and is on the agenda for 2012," Mariela told the Cuban newspaper Cuba Si.
In a May 2011, EDGE article it was discussed how the island country has become one of the most progressive countries in Latin-America when it comes to LGBT issues and how much Mariela is appreciated by the community.
"She evokes the power and passion of Eva Peron combined with the wisdom and insight of Hillary Clinton, yet she is remarkably accessible," author Byron Motley writes. "Her girl-next-door demeanor and welcoming smile have earned her the nickname ’Sangreliviana’ (sweet blood). It cannot be understated how truly loved Castro-Espin is by the LGBT community and how much she loves them in return. The mutual level of respect is palpable."
In the 80s Cubans who had the HIV virus were quarantined to treatment centers in order to improve what the government called a "gay problem." Since then it seems the country has competently changed its views thanks to Cuba’s First Daughter.