Homosexuality was considered sufficient grounds for discriminatory measures to be adopted against the gay community, and homophobia was institutionalised. Inthe country-wide Military Units to Aid Production UMAP program was set up as an alternative form of military service for members of pacifist religious groups, such as Jehovah's Witnesseshippiesconscientious objectorsand gay men. In his autobiography My LifeFidel Castro criticized the machismo culture of Cuba and urged for the acceptance of homosexuality. In a interview with Galician television, Castro criticised the rigid attitudes that had prevailed towards homosexuality. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Retrieved from " https: In JuneBabela socio-cultural Cuban LGBT project, declared, "all people are equal in dignity and rights beyond what differentiates us as race, skin color, sex, national origin, political, religious, ideological or sexual preferences, amongst other things"  .
He was followed by boys from the Young Communist League whose identity was also kept secret.
Castro's admiring description of rural life in Cuba "in the country, there are no homosexuals"  reflected the idea of homosexuality as bourgeois decadence, and he denounced "maricones" as "agents of imperialism". While they share the upset, prominent gay rights activists on the island were divided about whether pulling the event was justifiable. Reporters granted access to ICE transgender detainee unit.
Historically, public antipathy towards LGBT people was high, reflecting regional norms.