Havana: Gay and Lesbian
Capital of Cuba
In the days of the revolution, homosexuality was not only unacceptable in Havana, but is was actively persecuted. Homosexuality was seen as a product of decadent capitalism, and homosexuals in the 1960s were put into forced labour camps and subjected to forced ‘re-education’. Thankfully, things have been changing for the better ever since. In 1979 the regime ruled that private homosexuality was to be made legal, and throughout the 80s and early 90s, attitudes softened to such an extent that Havana now has its own gay scene. That said, Havana is still not a first choice destination for a Gay and Lesbian holiday, as locals and the police can often be wary if not resentful of open displays of homosexuality.