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ComingOutCuba – Building a New Gay Cuban Culture        
by Herb Sosa

This is NOT your grandparents Cuban Nostalgia group - ComingOutCuba is the National Cuban American LGBT Foundation. Its vision is
to reveal the gay Cuban culture and to build a new one. It’s a Miami based, non-political or religious organization who is driven by art and
culture and targeting to the Cuban population worldwide.

The National Cuban American LGBT Foundation’s mission
is to organize, activate, and engage a united Cuban-
American LGBT community by restoring and building the
gay Cuban culture and mobilize human and financial
resources to care for those in need in the USA, Cuba and
around the world.

“We are inspired by a vision to reveal the gay Cuban culture
pre-revolution, while building a new one” said co-founder
Osmany Caballero, 37, Cuban exile, raised in Costa-Rica
and brought to the U.S. with the help of Mas Canosa from
The National Cuban American Foundation at the age of 10.
Who along with his Israeli born husband and business
partner Lior Halabi who moved to the U.S. in 2014, and as
a political consultant he opened in 2010 the first official gay
lobby at the Israeli parliament. They are the creators of this
vision and the organization.

“I strongly believe that giving back to the community is the
way to return the love and support you get from family and
friends through the acceptance of the LGBT community”
added Lior.

How do you plan on developing your concept, especially in
social & other media?
We are a digital marketing organization who relies on a
multi-cultural team of media specialist as well as those in
the entertainment industry. We create awareness through
social media interaction and viral campaigns to engage
people worldwide for donations and calls to action.  

Will you have events? What type of events?
We have built a production team of a multi-cultural media
specialists as well as those in the entertainment industry.
Who inspire, educate and celebrate the gay Cuban culture
by thinking “out of the box” and producing amazing public
events. As a culture and art driven foundation we give a
platform and representation for Cuban and LGBT artists.  
We will focus on Cuban and gay art exhibits and we will
host them throughout the hottest art events in the world.
The first one will happen during “Art Basal” Miami.


When and how do you envision working with the community on the island?
As a national Cuban-American organization our focus is to build the new gay Cuban culture and help the community here in the U.S. We
want to help the Cubans and their families who want to become Cuban-Americans first. After we will organize, activate, and engage a
united Cuban-American community we will be able to mobilize human and financial resources also to the LGBT community in Cuba and
around the world.


One of the clever ways they
market ComingOutCuba is
through their team of
Ambassadors.

Who are some of your Ambassadors, and what qualities
do you look for?
ComingOutCuba production team includes worldwide
ambassadors and presenters from the LGBT community.
Their goals are to create viral and creative campaign videos
showcasing the Cuban and the gay culture. The videos
create a direct connection between the organization to our
supporters and to potential donors throughout the social
media.

ATHENA DION
An ambassador is the voice of an organization.
I am honored to be a voice for all the Cuban people who
are not free to express themselves, and to build a bridge
so one day that voice can be heard around the world.

LUIS ANGEL PEREZ
As a young Cuban American artist/model, ComingOutCuba
has given me the platform to embrace my passion by
working in the field I love. I have big dreams with this
organization, to one day help all the artist and friends
I left behind in Cuba. We all dreamed of a day that we
can practice our passion in a free land. ComingOutCuba
and I as an ambassador will help in its mission to help
Cubans in need.

MAX SELENE
Building a new Cuban Culture is all about remembering
the roots of our past generations and embracing what
we've presently become as a people in our transition to
the United States. Even though we have been displaced
and contorted as a people, we remained strong like the
Cuban coffee bean, after it’s placed in boiling water…
and we changed the world around us.


How will the future of LGBT Cuba and Cubans be different from today?
JENNY LEAL
Our organization gives a platform for entertainers and artists like me to showcase our
art and interpretation to the gay and Cuban culture. I believe that we will make a big
difference and bring awareness to the Cuban culture. Through this, we will create a
direct connection between the organization, to our supporters and potential donors
that will help the life of the Cubans and their families be better.

DANIELLE GUIDI
As an ambassador for ComingOutCuba my role is to represent the strong Cuban woman.
Like many women have had to earn the respect of being a minority, the same is seen in the
LGBT community, my efforts are to empower both woman and the LGBT community by
using this organization as a platform to raise awareness of the issues many Cubans face
in Cuba and in the US.






















How can someone get involved? What can we do?
Come to our fundraising events. Our first kickoff party will be
on August 29 from 7:30 – 11:30 at R House, Wynwood
-Admission is Free!
Come and meet our ambassadors and celebrate the Cuban
culture with live music and performers, and help us bring
awareness to our cause. Donations to the Foundation will
be always appreciated and helpful.  


Pictures Credits:
Production: ComingOutCuba Agency
Photos : Reid Harrison Photography
Makeup Artist: Daniela Bayo
Hair Stylist: Lior Levy
Models: Luis Angel, Daniel, Avihai and El Nene for
ComingOutCuba Agency
Andrew for The Code Collection
Swim Wear:  Creative Male
Clothing and Accessories:  C. Madeleine’s Vintage Clothes



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The digital archive will
collect photography, film
and oral history
interviews of the gay
Cuban culture prior the
revolution, donated by
individuals and
organizations, and will be
available online for
academic research and
the general public
interest. The Foundation
will also preserve and
showcase the archive to
the LGBT community and
the general public in
different events.
Luis Angel Perez & Max Selene
by Reid Harrison Photography
Avihai, Luis Angel & Daniel
by Reid Harrison Photography
Max Selene
by Reid Harrison Photography
Athena Dion
by Reid Harrison Photography
My role is to represent the strong Cuban woman.

Like many women have had to earn the respect
of being a minority, the same is seen in the
LGBT community, my efforts are to empower
both woman and the LGBT community by using
this organization as a platform to raise
awareness of the issues many Cubans face
in Cuba and in the US.
Danielle Guidi
by Reid Harrison Photography
Jenny Leal & her boys
by Reid Harrison Photography