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Cuba's LGBT Revolution, With A Castro Leading The Charge

Cuban gays and lesbians once hid from police. But today, with help from the president's daughter, Mariela Castro, LGBTs in Cuba are fighting for their rights.

Cuba's LGBT Revolution, With A Castro Leading The Charge
Anti-homophobia protest in Havana
Marta Maria Ramirez

HAVANA — Just over a year ago, María Caridad Jorge made a revelation that would have been unthinkable in the not-too-distant past. "I am lesbian and religious and I also want to be a Communist Party militant," she wrote in her autobiography.

Sitting, arms crossed, in the Mejunje cultural center in the Cuban city of Santa Clara, Caridad Jorge describes herself as a life-long revolutionary. "I come from a revolutionary family," she tells Clarín. "My mother was in the underground movement against Fulgencio Batista. She was with Che Guevara." Batista, the Cuban president from 1940-1944 and again from 1952-1959, was ousted by the Fidel Castro-led revolution.

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