From the beginning of the revolution, Fidel Castro had no tolerance for maricones, faggots, as he liked to refer to gay people. Homosexual behavior served imperialist purposes, and the Castro revolution had no room for maricones imperialistas. Recently the dictator attempted to backtrack on the atrocities committed against Cuba’s gay community over the past half-century, blaming the US for his persecution of gay Cubans, but the fact remains that the totalitarian regime does not tolerate its slaves engaging in any behavior it deems unacceptable.
Reason magazine has a good article on the past and recent persecution of the Cuban gay community by the brutal and tyrannical Castro regime.
Via Washington Examiner columnist Mark Hemingway comes news that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who once denounced homosexual Cubans as “faggots” (maricones) who served the interests of imperialism, has “taken blame” for his revolution’s “excesses” against gay Cubans, which once included sending sexual counterrevolutionaries to prison camps. After offering a string of lame excuses—he was too busy thwarting American plots to stop sending his citizens to prison for being gay—Castro stopped short of actually apologizing.
As Hemingway notes, Castro’s persecution of gays (and black Cubans) hardly stopped in the 1970s, as this Reuters story suggests, with gay bars routinely shut down by the state security service and organizers of a 2008 gay pride march thrown in jail. But for this non-apology, designed to burnish his foul legacy, Foreign Policy magazine says that while Castro is “a bit late,” he nevertheless “deserves plaudits.” No he doesn’t. Nor did Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet deserves plaudits for his 1999 letter “lamenting” (and not apologizing) those killed during his reign—which, incidentally, no one in the media was willing to grant. And rightly so.
Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite), Néstor Almendro’s affecting film on the persecution of gays and anti-regime artists, is on Youtube in twelve parts.