The Washington Blade announced today that International News Editor Michael Lavers will return to Cuba to cover LGBT life on the island in the wake of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between it and the United States.
Lavers will be in Cuba from May 14-21, traveling across the country to interview LGBT rights advocates in Havana, Matanzas and Cienfuegos. The Blade will also cover events around the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia that the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) is organizing.
Lavers will meet with a group of LGBT rights advocates who have nominated the Blade for an award for its comprehensive coverage of Cuba.
He traveled to Cuba in May 2015 to report on the country’s LGBT rights movement in the aftermath of the normalization of relations between it and the U.S. Lavers has reported on LGBT-specific issues on the island for many years and has traveled to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Chile and the Netherlands for the Blade.
“The Blade is committed to covering issues facing LGBT people around the world and Michael’s important work in Cuba and Latin America is a key part of that mission,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff.
“Cuba remains in the headlines in the wake of the normalization of relations between it and the U.S.,” said Lavers. “The island’s LGBT rights movement is dynamic and complex, and it is important to return to the island to see how it continues to progress. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to travel to Cuba once again.”