Alarcon: Cuba respects sexual diversity

Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament), Ricardo Alarcon, said the essence of Socialism is the inclusion rather than exclusion of people for their sexual orientation or religion. Alarcon spoke with Prensa Latina, as Cuba observed the International Day Against Homophobia.

'The Cuban drive against homophobia shows maturity and culture achieved by our society,' the top Cuban legislator said.

The International Day Against Homophobia was marked in Cuba Saturday with a panel on sexual diversity, presentations of books and artistic shows.

Mariela Castro Espin, head of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), opened the forum at Havana's Pabellon Cuba.

Castro said such events are part of an education strategy, whose aim is to fight a reality that has been misunderstood out of ignorance.