South Florida Gay activists livid over visit by Mariela Castro
I imagine the left will now have to start classifying these LGBT activists in South Florida as "intransigent hardliners" and relics of a "cold war era" mentality.
Cuban-American gay activists in Miami protest Mariela Castro's visit to San Francisco, New York
Gay Cuban Americans in Miami are furious that Fidel Castro's niece is meeting this week and next with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists in San Francisco and New York City.
"For Mariela Castro, or anybody else under the Castro dictatorship, to say they are representing the rights of anyone is an insult to the hundreds of thousands who have either been killed, jailed or assassinated by their own hands, or the nearly 100,000 people who’ve jumped into the ocean looking for freedom who haven’t made it here," said Herb Sosa, executive director of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's leading Hispanic gay rights group.
Sosa calls Castro's public support for gay equality "a dog and pony show."
"The true LGBT leaders are routinely arrested, beaten up or simply disappear at the hands of the Castro leadership every time Mariela marches," he says.
Pedro A. Romanach of Miami calls her visit "patently absurd."
"She may be pro-gay marriage, but the very elementary rights Cubans don't have -- freedom of the press, freedom of assembly -- gay people don’t have those rights in Cuba," Romanach said. "Neither do straights."
On Saturday, Romanach sent a protest email to [Rea] Carey [executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force]:
"I am gay, a registered Democrat, and a member of the Task Force Foundation. (I just sent you $40 renewing my membership a few days ago. In the past, I have also been a member of the Task Force Foundation, sending yearly contributions of around $35.) I am also an anti-Communist Cuban American in Miami," Romanach wrote.
"Ms. Carey, there are many anti-Communist gay Cubans both in Cuba and outside the oppressed island. Mariela Castro represents no one but herself. She does not represent gay Cubans. If you are to meet with her, and I hope you don't, I hope you will vigorously question her about why she supports a despicable dictatorship that denies basic freedoms to its citizens," Romanach continued. "With all due respect, if this is not done, I will not be renewing my Task Force Foundation membership as a protest. Mariela Castro is despised by anti-Communist gay Cubans and Cuban Americans because of her disgusting defense of the dictatorship which oppresses the land where I was born."
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H/T Fausta's Blog