• Byron Motley


Updated: Sep 28, 2018

Sometimes, as soon as you meet someone you know that they are a very special spirit. Such was the case meeting Liam in 2018 during the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia celebration. In all actually we had met in passing the year before but only had a chance to exchange "hola's".

This time around, Liam approached me and spoke passionately about the need for Cuba's Transboy community to be more visible. He asked if I would be willing to work with him on a documentary film about their issues. Of course I said yes.

The filmed interview below, was conducted in Pinar del Rio, Cuba during a break from the activities of "La Jornada".

We hope to move forward with our film project in the coming stay tuned!

Transboy, Liam Duran Cardona (left), and friends from Cuba's Trans Community!

**BONUS** Check out this insightful and educational 4:00 minute on-camera interview with Liam conducted on May 16, 2018 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

Images of Liam during an exhibition of his photographic work "Blue Soul" in Pinar del Rio, Cuba; and during a press conference supporting the exhibit.

Additional photo (below) - Juani Santos, Cuba's first female-to-male Trans person.

Juani Santos

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Welcome to my GAY CUBblog where you can learn about the latest news from inside sources within Cuba's LGBTQ community.


I am a long-time traveler to Cuba and the author of the award-winning photo book Embracing Cuba.  The book is one of my proudest creative achievements! 

I am proud to be considered a part of the CENESEX CUBA family and have been working with, photographically documenting, and supporting the organization for the past decade.  For those who may not know, CENESEX is Cuba's version of an LGBTQ Center.  The organization also focuses on women's rights and issues.  The folks at CENESEX have become people I love and admire deeply. Not only do I consider them"amigos", they are now "familia"!


I never thought of myself as an "activist" until becoming involved with CENESEX CUBA.  Now, I proudly carry that banner.  Enjoy getting to know them and me through this blog!

Abrazos y besitos,

Byron Motley


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