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Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez

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Latest posts by Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez

19 May 2018

Cuba's parliament now has three black vice presidents. How come that didn't that make the news?

The Bridge

"For opponents everywhere [...] everyone is so equally oppressed that racial discrimination is unworthy of special attention. These dynamics hijack the discussion and keep us from moving forward."

13 May 2018

Cuban activists launch detailed agenda for LGBTIQ rights in Cuba

"What could be considered the first document of its kind in Cuba [...] includes 63 specific demands and is divided into two sections: legislative measures and policies, plans and strategies."

28 April 2018

‘Mixing isn't new, it isn't modern, it isn't cool. It simply is, has been, and will be.’

In the second part of our interview, journalist Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio discusses her writings about racism in Spain.

18 April 2018

‘Sometimes, embracing the Afro identity…means having unpleasant conversations with people you love’

In Spain, "it's not uncommon to hear phrases like 'I'm not racist, but,' as if that preamble were to invalidate the racist remark that usually follows."

11 April 2018

New Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Professor Jorge I. Domínguez Spark Heated Online Debate

"...it seems incredible that, at this point, our testimony is still put into question."

27 March 2018

LGBTQI Rights Defenders Sound Alarm over Costa Rica's Presidential Election

"Imagine what a global disgrace, Costa Rica, flirting with the Middle Ages and asking to enter the darkest corners of fundamentalism that still exist on the planet."

7 March 2018

Ulises Padrón: “In [Cuban] Society, LGBTQI People and Groups are Becoming More Visible”

"...[A]lthough the country recognizes...an important set of rights (health, education, culture, employment), there are others that fall to the wayside in the current national and regional situation."

11 February 2016

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Advox

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

23 December 2014

I Have Never Known A Cuba That Wasn't Blockaded

The Bridge

A personal take on the rapprochement between the United States and her native land by Cuban journalist and activist Sandra Alvarez.

13 July 2014

These Cubans Are Puckering Up in Support of LGBT Rights

The second kissing sit-in, or "besada" in Spanish, protested the New Cuban Labor Code, which excludes gender identity as a motive for workplace discrimination.

30 June 2014

A Kissing Sit-In and An Open Letter for LGBT Rights in Cuba

The second "Kiss Sit-In for Diversity and Equality" in Havana takes place this year during challenging moments for the LGBT community on the Island.

24 June 2014

The Debate on Internet Access in Cuba Intensifies

Cubans are increasingly asking for cheaper and broader access to the Internet.

15 May 2014

Increasing Connection Between the Online and the Offline in Cuba

In Cuba, an intrepid connection between virtuality and reality has flourished.

3 May 2014

LGBT Conference in Cuba Surrounded by Expectations and Controversy

Against the backdrop of Cuba's complicated LGBT rights situation, the conference has been praised for its importance but also criticized for the high cost of registration.

15 April 2014

Extending bridges between Miami and Havana

During this interview, Jorge De Armas speaks about recent event in Miami directed to building bridges between Cuba and the United States after more than 50 years of conflict.

3 February 2014

A “Freedom Train” for the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women in Spain

The feminist movement of Asturias, Spain, has spearheaded the campaign "The Freedom Train" to protest the bill that seeks to repeal the existing law on abortion in Spain.

12 January 2014

The Cuban Economic Model Update Comes Up with Some Unpopular Measures

The measures implemented by the Cuban state have been quite controversial.

3 December 2013

‘Proyecto Arcoiris’ Advocates for Coloring Cuba with the Rainbow of the LGBT Community

The Project began when activist Yasmin Silvia Portales shared her dissatisfaction with the absence, at the time, of spaces for meeting the social demands of sexually diverse persons and for...

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