Mariela Castro
Cuban activist
Mariela Castro
Mariela Castro Espín is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana and an activist for LGBT rights in Cuba.
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Castro's Legacy on HBO: Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland, or Death and Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution
Huffington Post - 3 months
Even in what we now know as the last few months of Fidel Castro's life, a hope for change in Cuba is documented in two upcoming HBO films: Olatz Lopez Garmendia's Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland, or Death and Jon Alpert's Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution. Patria O Muerte was featured at the recent New York Film Festival in October, with a panel discussion at screening's end. Filmed over years with Garmendia creating clandestine ways of hiding her camera on the island known for censorship, she asked Claudio Fuentes to be her DP. Many at the panel wondered whether or not he would be allowed back into his country, as many of the interviews showed Cubans in poverty, unhappy with their lives. Getting these interviews seemed a remarkable feat. Julian Schnabel supported Garmendia's project as executive producer. Garmentia worked with him on Before Night Falls, the 2000 film he directed based on poet Reinaldo Areinas' book about his own great hopes for Castro's revolution bef ...
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Film Helping to Promote Change in Cuba
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This week, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba as a guest of HBO to attend the 37th annual Havana Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana). I witnessed first-hand the power of films and documentaries to break down barriers and bring people together. Throughout my 36 years in Congress, I staunchly advocated for re-opening and normalizing relations with Cuba, believing that the free exchange of ideas and culture was our best hope for promoting change in the island nation. Now, after my first visit to Havana since President Obama announced reforms in our policies towards Cuba, I am more convinced than ever that engagement rather than isolation is the right approach - and I believe that film can and is playing a vital role in opening those barriers that continue to separate our two countries. Make no mistake, more change is needed in Cuba. It remains, in many ways, a very restrictive and controlled nation. But as someone who has traveled t ...
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Another New Year -- And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The coming year is a crucial one for humanity, the future and the planet. Throughout 2014, in a series of global and regional deliberations, representatives from all member states of the United Nations will begin negotiating the basis for a new development framework to be adopted in 2015 that will affect the lives of billions of people from all countries, rich or poor, developed and developing, from north and south, for decades to come. The framework under discussion, known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comprise specific goals and targets and served to motivate the international community's mobilization for its followup. The new Development Agenda will need to have as its essential objective eradicating poverty and promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability. The Millennium Development Goals, whose 15-year horizon ends in 2015, have been successful in reducing poverty, improving access to clean wat ...
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US won't allow Raul Castro's daughter to visit Philly to receive gay activism award
Fox News - almost 4 years
The daughter of Cuba President Raul Castro cannot visit Philadelphia to receive an award for her gay rights activism because the State Department has denied her permission to travel there, officials said Thursday. Mariela Castro had been expected to attend a conference next week on civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities sponsored by the Equality Forum, according to Malcolm Lazin, the advocacy group's executive director. "We find it shocking that our State Department would deny freedom of speech, particularly at an international civil rights summit, to anyone, let alone the Cuban president's daughter," Lazin said. State Department spokesman Noel Clay said he could not comment on the case because visa records are confidential. Mariela Castro, the niece of retired leader Fidel Castro, is director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education. As that country's most prominent gay rights activist, she has instituted awareness campaigns, trained pol ...
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Arturo Lopez Levy: Alan Gross: Time to Negotiate
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Last year, in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of representatives, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) demanded that Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, reveal whether the U.S. tried to negotiate with Havana, somehow, the release of Alan Gross. Rivera said: "It is outrageous that the Obama administration would be negotiating with a terrorist regime to free an American hostage." This policy is correct: the U.S. should not give in to the demands of terrorists. That would only encourage them to take further hostages. But this has nothing to do with Gross or Cuba. If there were a list of non-democratic countries, Cuba should be on it, but Rivera's references to terrorism are a manipulation. The State Department has not recorded a single terrorist act sponsored by Cuba in two decades. Recently, Havana hosted another negotiations round between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government of Juan Manuel Santos. The Colombian government not o ...
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Is Cuba Taking the Lead on LGBT Equality in Latin America?
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Last May I had the pleasure of hearing Mariela Castro, daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro and niece of the infamous dictator Fidel Castro, speak while she was visiting on her extremely controversial trip to the United States. The following night I was fortunate enough to be granted direct access to her at a private event where I was able to hear more about her efforts to change Cuba with respect to human rights issues, particularly LGBT rights. Mariela's mother, Vilma Lucila Espín Guillois, was a revolutionary who was the head of the Federation of Cuban Women and helped change policy and the lives of women in her country. There's no doubt that her daughter didn't fall far from the tree. On her visit to the U.S., she spoke of Cuba's progress toward LGBT rights and how Cuba was leading the way. She also hinted that she was not as impressed with where the United States currently is with regard to LGBT rights. More...
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Transgender Woman Makes History In Cuba
Huffington Post - over 4 years
HAVANA -- Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality. This month she made history by becoming the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara. In a country where gays were persecuted for decades and sent to grueling work camps in the countryside, Hernandez, 48, hailed her election as yet another milestone in a gradual shift away from macho attitudes in the years since Fidel Castro himself expressed regret over the treatment of people perceived to be different. "As time evolves, homophobic people – although they will always exist – are the minority," Hernandez said by phone from her hometown. Becoming a delegate "is a great triumph," she added. Because she has not undergone sex-change ...
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Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba
Fox News - over 4 years
Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality. This month she made history by becoming the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara. In a country where gays were persecuted for decades and sent to grueling work camps in the countryside, Hernandez, 48, hailed her election as yet another milestone in a gradual shift away from macho attitudes in the years since Fidel Castro himself expressed regret over the treatment of people perceived to be different. "As time evolves, homophobic people — although they will always exist — are the minority," Hernandez said by phone from her hometown. Becoming a delegate "is a great triumph," she added. ...
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Joe Peyronnin: Obama v. Romney: Who Can You Trust?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
With fewer than 100 hours remaining before the election, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been visiting swing states selling his 5-point plan to fix the economy and promising "real change on day one." Meanwhile, a desperate Romney campaign has been flooding the airwaves with false advertising in an effort to squeeze out a last minute victory. No Republican in modern time has won the presidency without carrying Ohio. President Barack Obama has been able to maintain a lead in the polls despite heavy campaigning by his opposition. This is in part due to the fact that the president's bailout of the American auto industry saved thousands of jobs in the Buckeye state. Romney opposed the bailout, instead calling for Detroit to go bankrupt. But now Romney's supporters have gone to the airwaves in key Ohio cities with a patently false ad. "Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, whic ...
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Mariela Castro on Ending the Embargo & Swapping Cuban Five for Jailed U.S. Contractor Alan Gross
Democracy Now - over 4 years
Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, calls on the U.S. to release five Cubans jailed for spying on anti-Cuban militants in Florida in exchange for Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen jailed in Cuba. The Cuban Five were convicted in 2001 for committing espionage in southern Florida. They say they weren’t spying on the U.S., but trying to monitor right-wing violent Cuban groups that have organized attacks on Cuba. "I want the Cuban Five to go back to Cuba and for Alan Gross to go home," Castro says. "I want an end to the financial, commercial and economic blockade that violates the human rights of the Cuban people, and the normalization of relations between both countries." [includes rush transcript]
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Mariela Castro seeks closer U.S. tie
CNN - over 4 years
Christiane Amanpour talks frankly about her chat with Mariela Castro and her goal to build better ties with the U.S.
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Cuba's Mariela Castro cheered in S.F. visit
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter, whose visa approval to the United States sparked a political outcry that reached the presidential campaign this week, heard nothing but applause Wednesday as she made her first...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 42
    Her group campaigns for effective AIDS prevention as well as recognition and acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, and transsexualism human rights. In 2005 she proposed a project to allow transgendered people to receive sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender.
    More Details Hide Details The measure became law in June 2008 which allows sex change surgery for Cubans without charge. Mariela Castro is president of the Cuban Multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of Sexuality, president of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity, member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting, and Combatting AIDS, and an executive member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). She is also the director of the journal Sexología y Sociedad, a magazine of Sexology edited by her own National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX). She has published 13 scholarly articles and nine books. Mariela is now married to Italian Paolo Titolo, General Manager of Amorim Negocios Internacionais, S.A. in Cuba, and has two children with him, plus a daughter from her previous marriage with the Chilean former FPMR member Juan Gutiérrez Fischmann.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Age -2
    Born on July 27, 1961.
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