Activists in Cuba are “putting the revolution in a kiss” in support of LGBT rights.
The “Second Kissing Sit-In for Diversity and Equality,” which was organized by Proyecto Arcoiris (Rainbow Project), an anti-capitalist and independent project, gathered about 60 people for the besada in one of the main plazas in Havana and about 15 people in own of Sagua La Grande in Villa Clara Province on June 28.
At the event, activists read the letter that Arcoiris recently sent to Esteban Lazo, chairman of the country's legislature, the National Assembly of People's Power, in protest of the exclusion of gender identity and HIV status as motives of discrimination in the work environment in the New Cuban Labor Code. They also collected signatures at the besada.
Historically the LGBT community in Cuba has suffered discrimination and persecution, but they have made tremendous strides in terms of acquiring rights in recent years. Still, much remains to be done.
Take a look at some photos of the kissing sit-in by Rogelio Díaz Moreno and Maykel González Vivero below, republished with their permission. For more, check out this video, “Besada for Diversity and Equality, Havana, 2014,” by Raquel Pérez.