Cuba’s Cenesex Award being given to first American. Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches; cofounder, Christopher Street LGBTQ pride parade, the oldest pride parade in the world; and Human rights activist.
“To say that I am honored to receive this award from Cenesex would be an understatement”, Perry stated. “I am thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to visit Cuba and meet members of the Cuban government as well as this wonderful citizens. I am still saddened that the government of my country, the United States of America, still has not lifted the embargo against this wonderful country and its people. I called upon our government to make that change now!”
Perry has praised the work of Mariela Castro for working against transphobia and homophobia in Cuba. “Thank God for her. As a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Cuba, she is in the position to be our voice to the socialist government of her country. She is a heterosexual ally, one of the only ones, who is also the mother of LGBTQ rights in her country.”