Originally published August 27, 2015
Cuban LGBT activist Alberto Roque Guerra will visit Chicago with media appearances and a 7 PM, Tuesday, September 1st public meeting at Nookies Restaurant, 3334 N. Halsted Street, co-sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and the Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee.
Like the United States, Cuba has had both low points and high points in the history of LGBT rights. In Cuba’s case, the imprisonment of people with AIDS early in the epidemic and the Mariel boat lift were low points.
High points include being one of a handful of countries in the world that readily gives gender assignment surgery for Transgender people who want it. Health care, including gender assignment surgery, is free in Cuba, something which seems eons away in the larger, much wealthier United States.
Dr. Roque Guerra is a widely published activist on gender theories, sexualities, biopolitics, bioethics, & biomedical, cultural and political aspects of trans identities. He has taught at the university level for six years.
He is a founder and coordinator (2010-1012) of the group “Hombres por la Diversidad,” an educational and advocacy group related to the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), where he has worked with Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro, in Havana.
His published books include Sexual Diversity in Cuba: A Human Rights Overview, Biological Aspects of Transsexualism, and Sexual Hormones and Its Use in Transsexualism.
In addition to his 7 PM, Tuesday, Sept 1 appearance at Nookies Tree Restaurant, 3334 N. Halsted, he will be on WNUR 89.3 FM’s “This Is Hell” program at 12 noon, Saturday, August 29 and Chicago Public Radio 91.5 FM’ “Worldview” program at 12 noon, Monday, August 31.