Candis Cayne has been named by Cuba Inspires, along with Dr. Mariela Castro-Espin, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), as the first honorary LGBT ambassador to Cuba during events related to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana and Matanzas, taking place the week of May 10 - May 16.
According to a press release sent to The Huffington Post by Cuba Inspires, which was founded in 2016 after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations and services individuals, corporations and non-profits traveling between the two countries, the trans actress and activist "will become a direct bridge between both worlds, giving her the unique and historic position during the event that includes symposiums, lectures, films, art exhibits and a theatrical festival in Havana and Matanzas."
While in Cuba, Cayne will meet with Dr. Castro-Espin, who is the Director of CENESEX and the daughter of Cuba’s President, Raul Castro, as well as the niece of Fidel Castro, speak on an activist panel, participate in Cuba's fourth Pride Parade and attend CENESEX's Gala.
CENESEX, which was founded by Castro-Espin, campaigns for LGBT rights and has been at the forefront on AIDS prevention education.
"I’m honored to be the first honorary LGBT ambassador to Cuba joining Mariela Castro-Espin for this unique collaboration on behalf of the LGBT community," Cayne told The Huffington Post.