Blaine, Washington (Vocus/PRWEB) February 24, 2011A first-ever Rainbow Cuba Tour for LGBT people and their friends is being organized by Cuba Education Tours from May 7 to 15. The program coincides with rallies and forums in Havana to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Tour participants from across North America will meet Cuban activists seeking greater equality and understanding for LGBT people on the island.
Two Cuban NGOs, the Federation of Cuba Women and the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) support the tour. These organizations define homophobia, rather than homosexuality as a malady. Both groups encourage their American counterparts to join them in Havana this May.
CENESEX has dozens of programs for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. Its director is the globally renowned sexologist Dr Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of the Cuban president.
Every May, since 2008, Cubans have held weeklong rallies, celebrations and educational events to create awareness about social problems caused by homophobia. This year will be the largest to date.
Rainbow Cuba Tour participants will connect and collaborate with Cuban activists promoting same-sex unions, and greater awareness. There are no laws in Cuba that discriminate against LGBT people, however there remain, as elsewhere, prejudices. Overcoming this social obstacle is the focus of Cuban sexual equality advocates.
Tour participants will enjoy many cultural activities in and around Havana. The nine-day itinerary includes museum visits, tours of organic farms and eco-villages, drag and fashion shows, dance lessons, visits to community schools, clinics and art projects, and time at Havana's gay beach.
Cuba Education Tours assists Legal Cuba Travel Americans with legal Cuba travel. Its guests travel to Cuba fully licensed under U.S. regulations.
About Cuba Education Tours: Established in 1997, the organization is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its Cuban, American and Canadian staff assists schools, business, religious and community groups visit Cuba on education, culture, nature history tours. Cuba Education Tours is recognized in Cuba as an agency promoting friendship and understanding.