Daughter of Cuban president to get visa to attend conference in U.S.
Mariela Castro is the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro.
April 29th, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Daughter of Cuban president to get visa to attend conference in U.S.

By Jill Dougherty

Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, will be granted a U.S. visa to attend a conference on lesbian and gay civil rights in Philadelphia in May, a U.S. official tells CNN.

Initially not expected to receive a visa, the official said the case was "looked at again" and "the restriction on her visa has been lifted, which will allow her to travel" to the event on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Mariela Castro is the director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and the niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Although she is not gay, she has lobbied for gay rights in Cuba, including the right for same-sex couples to marry and for AIDS awareness.

The global conference, sponsored by the Equality Forum, a Philadelphia-based LGBT organization, will highlight the status of gay rights in Cuba.

Contacted by CNN on Monday, the organizers said they had not received official confirmation that Mariela Castro would attend.

She is scheduled to take part in a panel discussion on May 4 and to receive an award from the Equality Forum as an "International Ally for LGBT Equality."

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  5. JohnParryJones

    No visa.

    May 2, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
  6. rudy

    she wants to lobby for gay rights in Cuba ? what about lobbying for basic human rights in Cuba?
    Is this lady serious?

    April 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  7. Joseph McCarthy

    There is not one good reason on earth that the U.S. and Cuba cannot normalize relations and move on, none at all! Our current policy toward Cuba is nothing but stupidity at it's very worst! Back in 2009, Raul Castro offered to Barack Obama to release some 219 political prisoners in Cuba in exchange for 5 Cuban nationals held here on charges which they may or may not be guilty of. For the sake of being politically correct, Obama blithely ignored the whole thing!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  8. Being_Stupid

    Hitler was an advocate for animal rights, but nobody remembers Adolf Hitler for his kindness to animals.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  9. George Patton-2

    This is what I call a step in the right direction, however small it may be. I guess that a lot of ignorant people here are going to say otherwise as usual.

    April 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      As long as she leaves when the visa expires who cares?

      April 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply

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