By Juan O. Tamayo
The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, sexologist Mariela Castro, has been denied permission to travel outside the New York area when she attends a series of United Nations meetings next month.
The younger Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education and an outspoken defender of gay rights and same-sex marriage, received a U.S. visa to attend several gatherings at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan.
But she will be subject to the same limits as all Cuban diplomats assigned to the United Nations — no travel more than 25 miles from Columbus Circle, which is located in Manhattan near Central Park, without advance permission.
The Cuban government imposes similar restrictions on U.S. diplomats in Havana — no travel outside the province of Havana without special permission from the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
Castro’s travel restriction came to light when U.S. gay rights activists complained Thursday that she was not being allowed to address their group and receive the International Ally for LGBT Equality Award May 4 during the Equality Forum’s Global LGBT Summit in Philadelphia.
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