The whole city comes together to chat, drink and listen to music, as Soviet-era Ladas and Chevrolets rattle past, ferrying tourists from one side of the city to the other. A trans woman sits on the sea wall, chatting to friends. One man dances with another. Luis de Armas, who was born in Matanzas, around 50 miles east of Havana, moved to the capital to go to university. He now organises LGBT-friendly tours of the capital for visitors.
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With a population of just under 75, and a reputation for well-preserved colonial architecture, not cruising, a gay bar seems an improbable niche-filler. Gats Loco is the only bar in the area and they claim to have cold beer. I head inside. He hands me a cold one and sits down beside me.
Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.
Attitudes and acceptance towards LGBT people have evolved significantly in recent years, though a culture of machismo is still present. However, it was later removed from the draft Constitution. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal in Cuba.
The statement did not explain what that meant. Tensions with the United States are high over the situation in Venezuela, where the Trump administration wants to oust the Cuban-backed administration of President Nicolas Maduro. It was unclear how either of those factors required the cancellation of a gay pride march, although Cuban officials tend to impose more controls of all types in moments when the country is perceived to be under threat. The Cuban government persecuted gays in the s and s but has since outlawed discrimination and come to be seen as relatively progressive on the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The government funds gender reassignment surgeries, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is outlawed, and police receive training designed to avoid disrespectful treatment of homosexuals and transgender people.