This week read about two Cuban activists campaigning for marriage equality, and the United Nations stepping up protections for LGBT refugees in Kenya.

Two Cuban Advocates Start A Movement For Marriage Equality

In Cuba, two LGBT activists have started campaigns to legalize marriage equality.

According to the Washington Blade, Jancel Moreno and Dasiel González, better known online as Pinky Unicorn, started the petition “Yes! Fair Marriage in Cuba” with the aim of raising awareness about the need for marriage equality on the island both within and outside Cuba. The petition has been shared on the website of All Out, an independent LGBT rights organization.

The Cuban government intends to change the country's Family Code this year. 

The revised Family Code is intended to recognize marriage between two persons of the same gender as well as the different types of families that exist in the country. This would then be put to a referendum for full approval by Cuban voters.

“Taking something as important as human rights to a referendum is an aberration and also discriminatory,” Moreno told the Washington Blade.


United Nations Steps Up Protections for LGBT Refugees


The United Nations flag. Credit: sanjitbakshi, Flickr.

Following the death of a gay man who was set on fire in the latest attack targeting sexual minorities at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, a United Nations official said on Tuesday that security will be beefed up for LGBT people staying in the camp.

According to Reuters, The 32-year-old Ugandan died on Monday in a Nairobi hospital while being treated for burns suffered in the March 15 attack with another LGBT refugee. The other man is scheduled to be released shortly, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

“We will do our best to support the police investigation. Additional security is being deployed. Psychological support is available and our teams are on the ground and are available to help in this difficult moment,” Dana Hughes, UNHCR’s regional spokesperson, told Reuters.