Lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba: family, rights and policy

Browne, Evie (2018) Lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba: family, rights and policy. Gender and Development, 26 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1355-2074

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This article draws on interviews with 17 self-identified lesbian and bisexual women living in Havana, Cuba, focusing on state support for their family relationships. It examines some of the tensions and contradictions between international and national policy, and societal norms, some of which support LGBT people, and some of which do not. In many ways, Cuba is progressive and has actively protected women’s rights. However, non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming women appear to have been somewhat overlooked in the gains of the Revolution, as there are few specific policies protecting their rights. The key policy points participants raised were the need for same-sex marriage and the lack of assisted reproduction for those in same-sex relationships. Nonetheless, Cuba’s traditional non-nuclear family forms also provide some social space for LGBT parents and queer families.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: queer; LGBT;Cuba; socialism;marriage;reproductive rights
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Depositing User: Evie Browne
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 16:39
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018 10:45
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73124

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UnsetUnsetInternational Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and SocietyEmerging Scholars International Research Fellowship Program