The Cuban Freedom Flotilla (of 1980), however, involved a little secret that very soon came out. Socialist Cuba had—and has—the distinction of being the world’s only nation to experience a mass emigration based on sexual preference. Huddled in the crowded boats fleeing Castro’s Cuba were an estimated 10,000 homosexuals.
The attack on homosexuality began within a few Years of Castro’s taking power. Long before the crusades of Anita Bryant or Jerry Falwell, Castro stated that “those positions in which one might have a direct influence upon children and young people should not be in the hands of homosexuals, above all the educational centers.” A homosexual was a “deviate” who could never rise to the level of conduct required of “a true Revolutionary.”
Gays suffered greatly at the hands of the two new socialist bureaucracies. Thousands of them were placed, without benefit of trial, in camps run by the Military Units for Aid to Production. Basically these were forced labor camps, where gay people were mistreated and often assaulted and where it was not unusual for them to be executed or driven to suicide. After a while, international protests compelled the closing of these camps, but the persecution has continued in other forms
There are others, including some LGBT activists, who have lauded Cuba’s government for providing free education and health care, while fighting poverty and discrimination, the Blade notes.
“Pain, emptiness, commitment are very intense and difficult feelings to separate,” gay Cuban blogger Francisco Rodríguez Cruz, who supports the Castro family, told the Blade. “It’s like going through the story of my life.”
And some gay and AIDS activists who visited Cuba earlier this year noted a thriving gay scene and reported that the government-run health care program has benefited Cubans living with HIV.
The same people promoting the fake news that “Mike Pence wants to electrocute gay teenagers” have no trouble defending a despot who murdered and brutalized gay people and sent AIDS sufferers to concentration camp. Because Socialist.
BTW: That “thriving gay scene in Havana” is the petri dish where ‘Cuban Super AIDS‘ was probably spawned.
Also, look at pictures of Havana from before Castro’s revolution and Detroit from the same period; both thriving. Then look at Havana after 50 years of Socialist rule and Detroit after 50 years of Progressive Democrat rule. Tell me again how Socialism works.
BTW, for those who thought the comment promotion was going to be Throbert and Vince’s debate on the virtues of Buttsecks from the Mike Pence H-rsesh-t thread, I apologize for your disappointment,