Cuba is trying to attract gay tourists, the blog Lez Get Real said in an article posted yesterday.
The Cuban tourism folks seemed have also figured out that gays and lesbians love to travel… Active promotions for Gay Cuban travels in both Canada and Britain are currently underway and I am sure that Cuba’s new LGBT rights measures are aimed at least in part with an eye at attracting even gayer Euros and Canadian Dollars to that country.It's true gay rights have gotten more attention in Cuba since Raul Castro became president. His daughter, Mariela, heads Cuba's National Center for Sex Education in Vedado. In one recent development, Cuban officials this summer said they'd begin offering free sex-change operations to qualified participants. But there have been setbacks, including the cancellation of a gay march, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported here.
To be sure, Cuba is not a gay Mecca yet, but the attitudes of people inside and out of this country’s government are undergoing a dramatic change when it comes to gays and lesbians.
When I lived in Cuba from 2000 to 2005, some gays and lesbians complained that there was no legal gay night spot in Havana.
While I was working on a 2002 story about the plight of gays in Cuba, a source pointed out a cafeteria near the Hotel Capri that had a high proportion of gays. And gays regularly gathered outside the Cine Yara at La Rampa, also shown above. But the gays I talked to complained about having to rotate the locations of clandestine gay parties every weekend. Some of these parties took place in fenced-off lots or fields on the outskirts of Havana.