|Pride March shut down by Castro regime's state security on May 11, 2019|
|Cuban government officials inoculated him with HIV in 2018.|
It is important to look at the wider context.
The hostility to Gays began early and from the top. On March 13, 1963 Fidel Castro gave a speech were he openly attacked “long-haired layabouts, the children of bourgeois families,” roaming the streets wearing “trousers that are too tight,” carrying guitars to look like Elvis Presley, who took “their licentious behavior to the extreme” of organizing “effeminate shows” in public places. The Cuban dictator warned: “They should not confuse the Revolution’s serenity and tranquility with weaknesses in the Revolution. Our society cannot accept these degeneracies.”
|Calixto Martinez: Journalist and prisoner of conscience|
However on top of a poor analysis, that ignores years of repression against Gays that has continued to the present day and a horror show with regards to public health, the authors are guilty of bad timing with the announcement two days earlier alleging that the Cuban government infected a dissident in 2018 with the HIV virus.
April 11th marked the 35th anniversary of the release of Improper Conduct, the film that exposed communist intolerance to Gays and Lesbians in Cuba, and documents what happened during the first 30 years of the Castro regime. Hopefully, Morris Fabbri and Kearsley A. Stewart will view the documentary to obtain a broader vision of what is really happening in Cuba.