Manifesto of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Cuba
Today on Thursday, July 28, 1994, slightly after 5.00 P.M., we are meeting here. It is certainly the Cuban gay community's most important day.
Will the Parque Almendares, at present a space for a formal and disguised meeting, become a place that is remembered? Time will tell. It will be responsible for giving us the answer.
The gay and lesbian population is the part of society that throughout machista and homophobic history has been most victimized by discrimination and marginalization; our culture has been denounced from generation to generation. Perhaps five years ago there were far more gays and lesbians who hid their real sexual identity as the only way to find a space among heterosexuals, the majority of society who were considered "normal" and who condemned and obscured the existence of any sexual orientation that was different--condemning with their accusatory finger thousands of human beings who only sought to have their rightful place in society.
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Publication information: Book title: Machos, Maricones, and Gays:Cuba and Homosexuality. Contributors: Ian Lumsden - Author. Publisher: Temple University Press. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 211.