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Upcoming trip: Cuba Pride 2016, May 6 – 15


I’m happy to announce a trip this May 6 – 15, timed to coincide with Cuba’s Pride celebrations! “Pride” isn’t what they call it in Cuba. It’s officially a month of events celebrating the Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17. But it’s the cultural equivalent of Pride.

This trip will be similar to my 2015 Cuba Pride trip. We’ll be a small group (4 – 8 people), staying in private B&Bs, visiting several different cities, and going further off the beaten path than a bigger group can.

Mariela Castro (in the hat) leads CENESEX, the organization that organizes Cuba's Pride month. Here she marches with the CENESEX contingent and their huge rainbow flag in the 2015 march.

Mariela Castro (in the hat) is director of CENESEX, the agency that organizes Cuba’s Pride month. During the 2015 Pride march, I joined the CENESEX contingent and got this photo before security told me I wasn’t supposed to be there. Oops.

I’m still finalizing the itinerary, as I just recently got the program of Pride events and am planning the trip around that. What I can promise is, you’ll definitely have 4 nights in Havana, with the rest of the trip in other cities and towns of west/central Cuba. You’ll get a look at Cuba’s LGBT community from several different angles. You’ll get to know great people along the way, taste great food, enjoy amazing music/art/culture, and get a feel for Cuba’s fascinating and complex society.

Sign up now with a $1000 deposit to guarantee your spot!

Pricing is $4200 double occupancy and $4500 single occupancy, with a minimum of 4 people. For more information or to register, please email me.


El Mejunje is a club in Santa Clara, Cuba that for decades served as a safe, welcoming space for queers and other misfits. This ceramic relief tile was a gift from El Mejunje's founder, Ramon Silverio.

El Mejunje is a club in Santa Clara, Cuba. For decades it served as a safe, welcoming space for queers and other misfits, long before Cuban society as a whole was so accepting. This ceramic relief tile was a gift from El Mejunje’s founder, Ramon Silverio, during the 2015 Pride trip.

Legalese and disclaimers:

  • This is a People-to-People educational exchange program. Program participants are authorized to travel to Cuba under a general license under Section 515.565(b) of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, traveling under the auspices of Detours With Matt.

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