Mariela Castro
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The daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro has promised to push for marriage equality and LGBTI rights in Cuba’s National Assembly.

Castro who runs Cuba’s National Centre for Sexual Education, lead an LGBTI march through the streets of Havana in May 2017 and says that her organisation plans to submit proposals to the country’s National Assembly that would extend marriage and other rights to LGBTI Cubans.

According to Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter for the South Florida television station WPLG, Director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), Mariela Castro made the comments during a press conference in the Cuban capital.

On Cuba, a Miami-based magazine that covers the Communist island, also reported that Mariela Castro and CENESEX would propose amending the Cuban constitution and changing the country’s family and penal codes when the National Assembly meets again.

Mariela Castro’s progressive approach follows a landmark ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in January that recognises same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

While the decision was not legally binding in Cuba because it is not a party to the American Convention on Human Rights, its effect appears to have made an impact on many in the small nation.


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