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Freedom of sexual orientation as a sexual right in need of legal protection: a Cuban study

Freedom of sexual orientation as a sexual right in need of legal protection: a Cuban study

The lack of Constitutional and legal regulation of the right to freedom of sexual orientation is posited as a conditioning factor limiting the existence of the right to sexual health, to the effective protection of the rights to free development of personality, and individual liberty. The outcomes evidenced stereotyping of homo- and/or bieroticism amidst popular imagery in Cuban society, conducive to expressions of discrimination/violence.

It identified: current factors which induce harm to sexual-mental health- in need of legal proscription; historical linkages of events pivotal in the making of homo-negativity as a universal legacy; the intersection of the use of the pedagogical effects of the law in the promotion of mental/sexual health – rights; the expanding trend in the enactment of national and international law – that proscribes discrimination based on sexual orientation, and acknowledges full “sexual citizenship”.
A major outcome was the making of a documentary film that exposes part of the findings. It is aimed to be used as an educational-awareness building tool in support of the work developed by CENESEX to sensitize diverse sectors of Cuban society, de-construe all false learning and prejudice towards diverse expressions of non-heterosexual conducts and images. It underlines the need of a Constitutional-legal reform to protect such sexual rights.
Homo-negativity and heterosexism are identified as existing harmful cultural barriers, in current Cuban society, obstructive to the comprehensive development of the health promotion policy of the State geared to ensure the “highest possible index of health of the population”.

Speakers: Rita Pereira
Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: Gender and Sexual Orientation, Sexual Rights, WAS 2011

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