Posted on Thursday, 04.25.13
Organizer: Castro's daughter can't come to Philly
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA -- The daughter of Cuba President Raul Castro won't be
traveling to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy.
Officials at the Equality Forum said Thursday that the State Department
has denied permission for Mariela Castro to attend the group's annual
A State Department spokesman says he can't comment because visa records
Mariela Castro is the niece of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. She is
the director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and the
country's most prominent gay rights activist.
Equality Forum executive director Malcolm Lazin says Mariela Castro
accepted an invitation months ago to speak May 4 at its gay rights
conference and receive an award.
Castro received a visa last year to attend events in New York and San