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gay activists parading through havana saturday and act of courage in a communist country where political activism can come at a heavy cost , but the thousand odd celebrants in a nation once notoriously hostile to its gay and transgender population have rallied to the call of a prominent supporter president raul castro's daughter mary ella , correspondent dan trot is on the scene many cubans tell me there would be no movement at all , her and that if she were not the president , the president's daughter there would be no movement either now see address that with reporters today saying there are a lot of common cubans who are also in the struggle she didn't want to make it all about her which he did acknowledge that having dinner with their father every other sunday night , heard cuba for many years persecuted homosexuals many were sent to labor camps in the years following the cuban revolution in nineteen fifty nine , retired leader fidel castro raised eyebrows when he said in twenty ten that he'd been wrong to discriminate against gays , gay marriage is currently outlawed in cuba but the island nation does have a law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians in the work force maria castro now pushing a bill that would likewise ban discrimination against transgendered people but so far that bill stalled in the national