What Rights Are Those Mariela Proclaims?

What Rights Are Those Mariela* Proclaims? / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

The 2012 Population and Census has already cataloged many, but

is not ended. Like a homophobic and discriminatory action.

Once again we see the bad actions of the Cuban authorities, who on this

occasion forgot to erase the traces they left which today are used

against them. This time we're not talking about a simple printing error.

All of Cuba is talking about those who made a total of 17 words from the

second paragraph on page 47 of the Enumerator's Instruction Manual

disappear, and today quotes tose what are absent exposing the

institutionalized homophobia of our nation:

"…in this case same sex couples are allowed, if they are cohabitants in

the same household"…

These are the words that were crossed off in the instruction book that

was printed and which are now replaced with the following works in ink

of a different color and not printed:

"… couples must be of different sexes…"

When things like this happen I just wonder: What rights are those

Mariela proclaims? When the government of her father is not capable of

recognizing the current number of the Cuban LGBT community. Perhaps the

uncertain efforts of the regime in Havana are not enough, to push the

Cuban parliament to modify a law that benefits this community? Perhaps

the community that today will not be counted in the census properly

doesn't count for the full exercise of their freedoms and in order to

orchestrate propaganda campaigns? The fact is that asking this and other

questions and coming to the conclusion that many, for their own

convenience, in exchange for crumbs prefer silence.

Today I want to join with the different voices that have fallen silent

in their dissatisfaction, today I want to congratulate my colleagues in

the press, not only independent but also those in the official ranks who

were not afraid even for an instant to step out in the face of this

homophobic act.

Apparently we all thought it possible that this year things would

change, sadly it didn't happen. But these things aren't all bad, on the

contrary, they are things that make us live every day a new awakening

confident that soon we will all be counted.

When this happens it will be because we all count and we have rights and

not as now, what's the use of being counted and what are we going to do

with it? If we have no rights in Cuba!

It is because of this I also want to add this phrase being heard in our

streets by those who show their discontent: "In my House without Rights,

We don't Count!"

Translator's note: Mariela Castro, daughter of Raul, leads CENESEX, an

organization she founded.

September 17 2012


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