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  • LGBT activist Mariela Castro (C) stressed the importance of addressing sexual and gender prejudices early.

    LGBT activist Mariela Castro (C) stressed the importance of addressing sexual and gender prejudices early. | Photo: teleSUR/Laura Prada

Published 4 May 2018

As an LGBT activist and director of the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex), Mariela Castro stressed the importance of addressing prejudices early.

Gender education and inclusivity in Cuba's schools are two of the main proposals brought to the 11th Annual Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Friday by Mariela Castro, the daughter of former President Raul Castro.

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As an LGBT activist and director of the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex), Mariela Castro stressed the importance of addressing prejudices early.

Citing rare outbreaks of homophobic and transphobic violence in Cuba, she said research shows certain gender identities have trouble accepting the uniforms issued according to a student's birth gender.

"We have new proposals that do not consist of drafting new laws and are working on modifications of laws that already exist in our constitution so that they are more expeditious, such as marriage between people of the same gender," said Castro.

A number of events have been planned, including photography workshops, film exhibitions and cultural galas until May 18.

Event sponsors include the Communist Party of Cuba, the Ministry of Education, the Federation of Cuban Women and the Central Workers of Cuba, among other organizations, institutions and civil society organizations.


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