This month (May 5-24), Cuba hosted the 7th Campaign Against Homophobia. There were many activities to promote the campaign held in Havana, Granma and some other locations in the country. The event signifies a change of mind-set in Cuba about the theme, and the promotion of respect for sexual orientation and gender identity. Only a few years ago, there was only one gay bar legally recognised in the country (El Mejunje in Santa Clara city), today we share a list of gay friendly places in Havana, published by Conner Gorry in Cuba Absolutely Magazine:
- Cabaret Las Vegas
- Cine Club Diferente
- Fashion Bar Habana
- Escaleras al Cielo
- Café Bar Madrigal
- Café Fortuna
- Bar Bohemio
A trasvesti show is hosted at the Sociedad Cultural Rosalía de Castro (Av. de Bélgica #504 altos, e/ Máximo Gómez y Dragones, 07/862-3193).
In Vedado, Café Fresa y Chocolate (Calle 13 y 12, Vedado) and La Arcada (Calle M y 23, open 24 hours) are gay bars very visited. The cramped, humid Club Tropical (Línea, esq. F, 07/832-7361, daily 10 p.m.–3 a.m.) occasionally acts as a gay venue, as does the steamy cellar bar, Club Saturno (Línea, e/ 10 y 12, 07/833-7942, daily 11 p.m.–2:30 a.m.).
Bar de las Estrellas (Calle A #507, e/ 15 y 16), in the Lawton district, south of Cerro, is a “paladar” (private restaurant) with a transvestite cabaret at 10 p.m.