Fidel Castro’s niece calls for a conga dance to eliminate homophobia

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Cuban leader Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, who campaigns on LGBT rights, has called on Cubans to join a “conga” dance against homophobia tomorrow in Havana.

“We are the heirs of a strongly patriarchal Spanish culture, very homophobic and very discriminating,” Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro, told the Granma newspaper. “It’s time these prejudices were eliminated.”

The dance that she referred to is part of a 10 day series of events in the country that run until the 18th May 2013.

The country made being gay legal in 1979 and has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Ms Castro, was last month given the go-ahead to attend an LGBT conference in the US, where she will receive an award for her contributions to gay rights, after initially being barred from travelling within the US.