Announcement Date: October 17, 2017
From October 14-17, CDA organized a delegation to Havana to advance dialogue and mutual exchange between U.S. and Cuban LGBTQ communities.
The delegation included Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn, and other leaders in U.S. civil society. The trip made Rep. Takano the first U.S. Member of Congress to visit Cuba in the aftermath of the State Department’s announcement that it would shrink its diplomatic mission in Havana and reciprocally expel Cuban diplomats from the U.S. He also became the first Member of Congress to directly engage with Cuban officials in Havana since President Trump’s June announcement that he would instruct his administration to increase restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba. The delegation met with U.S. and Cuban government officials, as well as members of Cuban civil society including artists and academics.