How Are Gay and Lesbian Travelers Received in Cuba?

Unlike many other Caribbean nations, homosexuality is legal in Cuba. In fact, the National Center for Sex Education (a government program) has begun to implement campaigns regarding LGBT issues. Unfortunately, same-sex unions – even domestic partnerships – are not yet recognized.

Cuba’s relationship with equal rights has been tempestuous: in 1997, the Cuban Association of Gays and Lesbians was forced to close, and its members were arrested. 16 years later, in 2013, Havana hosted an International Day Against Homophobia celebration, which included a week of activism events which included drag shows.

Santa Clara is a particularly safe and open city for gay and trans travelers: there is one openly gay bar, and the city hosts a yearly gay and trans carnival.

Sexual harassment and "public obscenity" are illegal in Cuba. As long as travelers remain discreet, they will be able to travel safely.

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