Like in the rest of the island, the International Day Against Homophobia was celebrated this May 17th in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, where also a two-week program of activities was arranged for the purpose.
According to Maria Elena Alcantara, specialist from the Provincial Centre for the Prevention of STI/HIV/AIDS, “the activities are aimed at seeking for acceptance and tolerance towards homosexuals”.
The anti-homophobia celebration takes place in all the municipalities, where lectures, talks, and cultural exchange with local cultural projects, have been scheduled.
Fomento district was chosen as venue of the major commemoration in Sancti Spiritus, due to the laudable results reported in this territory with the work of men who have sex with other men, categorized under the term MSM (HSH, in Spanish), added Alcantara.
The MSM, as they are commonly termed, constitute one of the risk groups with highest incidence of HIV infections, thus, it is very important to carry out preventive work with them and to have created a project to train health promoters who are MSM themselves.
In 1990, the World Health Organization declared May 17th as the International Day against Homophobia, in order to raise awareness towards the need to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the world.