As Hurricane Ian approached the region last year, the Cuban government announced that about 66.9% of the voters with valid ballots were in favor of legalizing LGBTQ+ marriage and family planning. About two-thirds of the population voted to approve reforms in a new Family Code, which will also allow surrogate pregnancies and give gay couples the right to adopt children. It marked a big moment for Cuba, which saw gay people persecuted and sent to work camps in the 1960s and 70s. The referendum was for a new Family Code – a 100-page document that went through more than two dozen drafts and hours of debate in community-level meetings. Cuba’s government backed the law change and ran a nationwide campaign urging people to approve it. Official attitudes towards homosexuality on the Communist-run island have changed over the past decades, partly thanks to the efforts of former leader Raúl Castro’s daughter Mariela Castro. More than 700 same-sex marriages have been celebrated in Cuba since the new Family Code was approved in a referendum last year. Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) has played an important role in this battle against LGBTQ+ phobia. The progress shown by the country is even inspiring for the gayest place on planet earth. South Florida has the largest Cuban community of any place in the world and PrideFête is a perfect festival to celebrate the LGBTQ+ progress in Cuba and the Caribbean LGBTQ+ community across the world.