Semara Garcia Gutierrez, 43, is currently serving a three year prison sentence in Matanzas but was photographed while on weekend leave visiting her mother in Old Havana. "I took the fall for a friend during a street knife fight," she explains. "Prison conditions aren't too bad.There are problems with food and water but everyone has their own bed and the guards are usually kind," she says. She is enrolled in a cooking course in the prison and dreams of one day sharing a home with her female partner and working as a chef. "Homosexuality is not accepted here in Cuba but people are becoming more open," she says. "My mother and grandmother have always accepted me," she adds. Of Cuban women she says "we are strong, beautiful and able to face anything because we've gone through so much already."