Please using us join in supporting our Cuban LGBTQ brothers and sisters in their struggle for civil rights and full recognition in Cuban society.
This May, Rainbow World Fund is returning to Cuba for our eight annual humanitarian aid trip. We are traveling with a delegation of 20 queer activists from San Francisco to participate in the 12th Cuban Journey against Homophobia and Transphobia (the Jornada) — Cuba’s LGBTQ Pride Celebration.
Cleve Jones, founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and co-founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation will be part of our delegation. Jones was invited to Cuba by Dr. Mariela Castro Espin, on behalf of the Cuban organizers of the Jornada to participate in educational and cultural exchange activities and to receive the CENESEX (Cuban National Center for Sex Education) Prize in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the LGBTQ movement.
Jones will be a Grand Marshal at the Cuban version of the Pride Parade. Known as The Conga, the Parade will be held in Havana on May 11. A second Conga and related activities will coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO day) on the May 17 weekend in the city of Holguin. Although small in comparison to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, the Havana Conga draws an attendance audience of over 5,000 people and continues to grow.
Our delegation is funding $25,000 in scholarships that will enable hundreds of LGBTQ activist from the country’s 14 provinces to travel to Havana to attend Pride, network, organize and attend trainings during the 10 days of the Jornada.
RWF is raising an additional $25,000 to fund humanitarian projects on the Island that will help children with chronic medical conditions and fund additional projects supporting the Cuban LGBTQ community.
While in Cuba from May 8-18, the RWF delegation will visit Cuban hospitals, clinics and schools, learning about how they function and the challenges they face. Much of RWF’s activities in Cuba are coordinated through the Cuban Council of Churches. The Council has worked with churches in the United States to promote reconciliation between the two countries. Of particular concern is the U.S. embargo – referred to by Cubans as “El Bloque” or the Blockade – and the impact it has had on the Cuban people. The council, with notable leadership from the Cuban Presbyterian, Metropolitan Community Church and Baptist churches, have been deeply involved with and supportive of LGBTQ rights. The members of the Cuban Council of Churches are more progressive than most of the religious establishment. Despite criticism for their activism in this area, they have demonstrated their commitment and dedication over the years.The trip is designed to connect the Rainbow World Fund delegates on a person-to-person level with Cubans including human rights and LGBTQ leaders, members of Parliament, government officials, political dissidents, and religious, arts and cultural figures.
Traveling in the Rainbow World Fund delegation will be San Francisco drag performance artist, activist and philanthropist Juanita More, as well as several members of The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence.
Rainbow World Fund along with Cleve Jones, Juanita More and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be hosting a service of fundraising events in San Francisco.
Help us reach our $50,000 goal!
Please note: We are all paying our own way to be on the trip. 100% of the funds raised will go to help people in Cuba.
DONATE: Donations can be made on our GoFundMe campaign here or on our website rainbowfund.org — simply select “Cuba Pride & Humanitarian Project” when you are asked how to designate your donation.
MEDIA RELEASE: Cleve Jones to receive humanitarian award in Cuba — San Francisco Activists to raise $50K to fund Cuba’s LGBTQ Pride
TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY: Join us in Cuba May 8-18
EVENT: Save the date: Join us Sunday, April 28 from 3-6pm in San Francisco at the Help Fund LGBTQ Pride in Cuba Party. Hosts Cleve Jones, Juanita More, and John Newmeyer welcome you to an evening of Cuban themed cocktails, wine, food and entertainment as we raise funds for Pride in Cuba at Gough House - a beautiful 1889 Victorian Mansion in Pacific Heights. The benefit will feature a three-hour hosted bar with Cuban theme cocktails and amazing hors d'oeuvres. Our fantastic musical entertainment will feature Cuban music and amazing performances. Guests can bid on delightful silent auction items such as wine, spirits, restaurant certificates, massages & more (link to ticketing TBA soon).
Other events TBA.