Mariela Castro Espín (born July 27, 1962) is the director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education in Havana and an activist for LGBT rights in Cuba.
Thanks to Mariela and her group of supporters, Aids patients received medicine and support. She also spearheaded Aids awareness and prevention.
Mariela in 2005 she proposed a project to allow transgender persons to receive sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender. The measure became law in June 2008 which allows sex change surgery for Cubans without charge.
Mariela Castro is president of the Cuban Multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of Sexuality, president of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity, member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting, and Combatting AIDS, and an executive member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). She is also the director of the journal Sexología y Sociedad, a magazine of Sexology edited by her own National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX).
The Scholar at Work
Mariela has published 13 scholarly articles and nine books. She is currently married to Italian Paolo Titolo, General Manager of Amorim Negócios Internacionais, S.A. in Cuba, and has two children with him, and a daughter from her previous marriage with the Chilean former FPMR party member Juan Gutiérrez Fischmann.
We thank Mariela for her care and devotion to the LGBTI community.