By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A panel discussion was held Saturday afternoon in Center City on gay civil rights in Cuba and the daughter of the Cuban President was among the speakers.

The panel addressed the past, current challenges and opportunities for the LGBT community in Cuba. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter was Mariela Castro, the Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education. She said all deserve equal rights.

“We want to get all the same rights for all people,” she said. “A straight couple has the option between a legal union and marriage. I consider a couple of the same sex have to get the same rights.”

Castro also says it’s a goal to strengthen relations between Cuba and the United States. She did have this to say in English:

“We can change the world together.”

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