LGBTQ-inclusive church in Cuba welcomes all in a country that once sent gay people to labor camps

 | 
04/01/2024

Proudly wearing a rainbow-colored clergy stole and a rainbow flag in her clerical collar, the Rev. Elaine Saralegui welcomed all to her LGBTQ+ inclusive church in the Cuban port city of Matanzas. “We’re all invited. And no one can exclude us,” Saralegui told same-sex couples who held hands sitting on wooden pews in the Metropolitan Community Church where she had recently married her wife. These words and this kind of gathering would have been unimaginable before in the largest country in the conservative and mostly Christian Caribbean, where anti-gay hostility is still widespread.

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
The Tel Aviv City Council has approved a proposal by council member Reut Nagar to consider allocating part of the city’s affordable housing project …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
David Omarov, a native of Turkmenistan, says he was arrested and tortured there for being gay — a crime under the country’s repressive regime. …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
California has enacted a landmark law banning schools from outing LGBTQ+ students to their parents or guardians, becoming the first state to ban forced …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Added on: 07/06/2024
Hand in hand, Andrea and Fiorella attend an improvised mass in the garage of a house in San Salvador. There they say they don’t …
Added on: 07/03/2024
Thousands of Costa Ricans marched through the streets of San José for Pride 2024. Participants walked along Paseo Colón in defense of the rights …
Added on: 06/30/2024
Guatemala’s top court on Friday issued a resolution that called for “good manners” and authorities to protect moral values at this year’s annual LGBT …