Mariela Castro’s Game of Appearances

By Jancel Moreno

Mariela Castro

HAVANA TIMES — May is here and Cubans paraded in squares across the country to celebrate their achievements as the laboring masses, or at least that’s the picture state-controlled media, that is to say, the government, were trying to sell.

A couple of weeks later, another important moment comes, when the government somehow shows the world how happy those of us who live under their nonsensical laws are, the 18th National Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, to be hosted in the western province of Pinar del Rio this year.

A few days before the long-awaited circus of fake colors and joy, which gives the wrong picture of what we minorities experience on the island, CENESEX director, Mariela Castro Espin, made her masterful play, although I would say it’s the same play she’s always made.

It involves grabbing the media’s attention and promising a string of lies which have come out of her mouth for years, including Same-sex Marriage which we have been calling for, but this time she did so by trusting the changes the new government ruling the country will make; that’s what she told foreign and national media anyhow.

Mariela seeks to calm the cries of those who have exposed CENESEX’s authoritarian power and are looking for an alternative in projects such as the Arcoiris Project, or Manos project which have broken away from official ranks and are attracting more and more followers.

It’s the same promise she makes every year, marriage for LGBTI Cubans leave Mariela’s smiling lips, which, to my knowledge, only reveal a cynic smile which she doesn’t want to give but it’s better to lie to the media and her followers, than accept what she herself said in Mexico a year ago: “We don’t have same-sex marriage in Cuba because we don’t like to imitate.”

Raul Castro’s daughter is only looking to get us on a wild goose chase while the police continue to attack gays, lesbians and transsexuals on Cuba’s streets, while those opposed to the totalitarian regime’s ideology and wrongly named “ethical principles” are marginalized at its educational institutions, including universities. While a wave of Cuban are waiting for asylum in European countries for the above-mentioned reasons, because many of them are a clear example of these violations.

We just have to wait and see what happens in the future, with a new President, a new National Assembly and that same smiling face, Mariela.

I wish that when this article is published, somebody tells me in the comments that we gay Cubans finally have the right to get married, but in the meantime, a happy May 17th to everyone, which is the only thing we can celebrate.

12 thoughts on “Mariela Castro’s Game of Appearances

  • May 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    See my comment of 12 May above Bob.

  • May 13, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Once again Nick you are choosing to ignore what I wrote about Mariela Castro Espin, choosing to concentrate on one comment – that about her father – which thousands of the LGBT community in Cuba experienced. Re-read the first paragraph of my comments – they are factual and do not criticize. Do you disagree about my comment upon Jancie Moreno’s article? Have you any comments about the article?
    Finally, don’t you agree that the National Assembly should simply apply Article 36 of the constitution?

  • May 13, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    As I say Mr MacD, at the last count 26 out of 195 countries have legalised gay marriage.
    I think I would be correct in saying that this progression and legalisation has occured this century?
    I am predicting that Cuba will take this step sooner rather than later.
    You criticise Mariela mainly due to her family background. This would surprise no-one who is familiar with your comments.
    If she plays a part in Cuba legalising gay marriage then well done to her (regardless of her surname).

  • May 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Carlyle: I find it a bit of a stretch to say the “Cuban Five” and other members of the Red Wasp network were “caught” when they themselves turned over their complete identity to the FBI as part of the documentation that the violent anti-Castro Cubans in Miami were planning to blow up another Cubana airliner in a few days.

    FWIW, I personally believe their story that they were only spying on the violent anti-Castro extremists and not on the US itself. One was an immediate terrorist threat while the other was no more that a nearby politically unpleasant but rational country.

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