IN 2012, a Cuban friend who is an accomplished gay artist was able to visit the United States for the first time for a few months. Because Americans generally get their impressions of Cuba from either government propaganda or leftist sympathizers of the Cuban regime, I wanted to get the views of a nonpartisan independent Cuban with no particular axe to grind. I asked him to discuss life in Cuba near the end of his visit. For security reasons, he cannot be further identified.
The interview was conducted in Spanish. The English translation is mine. — David Thorstad
David Thorstad is a longtime gay activist and co-author of The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935).