Author Rachel Evans writes: “When I was 16, I went to a Cuba solidarity event in my home town. At the end of inspiring speeches about Cuba’s health record, education standards, and the revolution’s policy of sending doctors and teachers to impoverished countries, a rousing chant of ‘Cuba si! Yankee no!’ erupted. It was electric. Much better than the fake feeling, singing and dancing we’d experienced in the church hall on Sunday. I was impressed and resolved to visit the country and see the revolution for myself. Years later and having come out of the closet, I decided my trip to Cuba could help prove or dispel the oft-uttered line of Cuba being homophobic.
“I hope this work will help put to bed the lies and distortions propagated by the powerful Washington propaganda machine: that the Cuban Revolution is undemocratic, homophobic and
tyrannical. My visit to and study of Cuba finds that there is no basis to these claims.”