From the facebook page of libertarian movie-review site Miss Liberty’s Film & Documentary World:
Fidel Castro is dead. A great film (free online) to remember him by is “Improper Conduct,” on the subject of Castro’s gulags for gay people. He hated gays and decided to “get rid of them,” in the manner that socialists do such things.
From Foreign Policy two years ago:
“Though the Castro family is no longer sending LGBT people to labor camps as they did in the 1960s and 1970s, the only permitted LGBT movement in Cuba is the official, state-run one.”
From 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Twitter:
Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 27, 2016
Michael C. Moynihan responds to Stein:
While you're at it, you should ask for a recount of the last Cuban election. 100% for the incumbent seems a bit fishy https://t.co/lFMtYSvNqx
— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) November 27, 2016
More. As Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas describes in his memoir Before Night Falls:
Homosexuals were confined to the two worst wards of El Morro: these wards were below ground at the lowest level, and water seeped into the cells at high tide. It was a sweltering place without a bathroom. Gays were not treated like human beings, they were treated like beasts. They were the last ones t come out for meals, so we saw them walk by, and the most insignificant incident was an excuse to beat them mercilessly. The soldiers guarding us, who called themselves combatientes, were army recruits sent here as a sort of punishment; they found some release for their rage by taking it out on the homosexuals. Of course, nobody called them homosexuals; they were called fairies, faggots, queers, or at beset, gays. The wards for fairies were really the last circle of hell.
And let us not fail to remember that other icon of the Cuban revolution, Che Guevara. And more here.
And yes, Donald Trump got this one right:
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” [Trump’s] statement said. “While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”
Trump added: “Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
When I die, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like Fidel Castro, not screaming in terror, like his victims.
— Johan Norberg (@johanknorberg) November 26, 2016