EDITORIAL: Families, From Love, without Phobias

EDITORIAL: Families, From Love, without Phobias
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17 May 2022
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There was no conga, there was no march through the streets of Havana and other cities in the country (the tragic accident at Saratoga hotel has marked these days), but Cuba celebrates this May 17th the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia with obvious achievements.

The consultation process on the new Family Code Draft is over, and beyond specific divergences or dissimilar visions on some key aspects, there’s a certain agreement: what defines a family is above all the love between its members.

It’s not a small thing. The legal framework must live up to the multiplicity of unions in society. The motto repeated so many times, "All rights for all", is much more than a motto: it has to be a shared aptitude.

The fullness in personal realization of each individual supposes the full exercise of his rights. And respect for each person's sexual orientation and family choices should be supported by law.

The law, of course, does not resolve all conflicts. Homophobia is a reality. Deep-rooted prejudices continue. And even manifestations of violence and intolerance. It’s necessary to strengthen educational strategies, and consolidate a respectful and constructive dialogue, based on ethics and arguments.

But the law is important: it’s a platform, a reference, a standard.

Much remains to be done, but the conviction that love compensates phobias is a big step. Cuba celebrates this year the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by working on an agenda. There’s a path, which the entire society will have to come together. Pitfalls and obstacles loom ahead, but there’s a will: to accept families from love, not from phobias.

Translated by Amilkal Labañino / CubaSí Translation Staff

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