Che was homophobic
It’s absolutely true that Fidel Castro and Che weren’t friends to the gay community, but it’s disingenuous to push this issue to the forefront of their politics. Treating homosexuality as a mental disease at best and a crime at worst was the norm in even more progressive countries at the time. When the armed struggle against the regime of Fulgencio Batista finally triumphed in 1959, Cuba was already a heavily homophobic country burgeoning with Catholics and rife with machismo — much like the rest of the world.
Still, that doesn’t excuse what Castro did to the LGBT community in Cuba, and that’s by his own admission. In 2010, he told Mexican newspaper La Jornada that “if someone is responsible, it’s me [for the persecution of gay Cubans],” reported BBC News. As far the camps where the worst abuses were suffered by the LGBT community, Che can’t take much blame. By the time that the Military Units to Aid Production were set up in 1965, Guevara was no longer in Cuba. What his level of involvement would have been in the subsequent persecution remains a mystery.
Of course, it’s understandable why some people might be irked by images of Fidel or Che at a gay pride parade. There was nothing progressive or forward-thinking about the attitudes toward gay people in 1960s revolutionary Cuba. But, then again, there wasn’t anywhere else either. Sodomy was still a crime in many states in the U.S. until 2003, when Lawrence V. Texas ruled against such laws across the nation. During the time Che was alive, LGBT people in the U.S. were also routinely fired from government positions and gay establishments frequently raided, also resulting in incarcerations.
Only based thing that a commie leftie has done.