Michael K. Lavers
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An LGBT activist is among the Cuban human rights advocates with whom House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives met during their trip to the country last month.
Juana Mora Cedeño of Proyecto Manos and other members of Cuba’s civil society who work independently from the government met with Pelosi and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Ana Eshoo (D-Calif.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Feb. 20 at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, the Cuban capital.
Mora told the Washington Blade during a telephone interview from Havana on Monday that she spoke about education, health care and what she described as the lack of medication for Cubans with HIV during the meeting.
U.S. Chief of Mission Jeffrey DeLaurentis invited Mora and the other advocates to meet with members of the delegation at their request.
“We spoke about the LGBTI community, the rights the community needs to have, but does not have,” said Mora.
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