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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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Leader of Russian anti-gay extremists who target LGBT youth arrested in Cuba

| Saturday, January 18, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban law enforcement officials on Friday arrested and detained the leader of a Russian anti-gay extremist group, according to a source in the Russian Federal Security Services, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation.

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

| Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA -- The founder of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by Russian law enforcement to be hiding in Cuba.

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LGBT History Month profile: Cuban author, poet Reinaldo Arenas

Equality Forum | Friday, October 4, 2013
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Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist and essayist whose work focused on political and social injustices. He was born into poverty in the Cuban countryside. He wrote his first poems by carving words into tree trunks.

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Diana Nyad becomes first to complete Cuba-Florida trip without shark cage

| Monday, September 2, 2013
Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau/APDiana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla.
KEY WEST, Fla. — With her lips and tongue swollen, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad edged closer to Florida on Monday in her attempt to become the first person to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage.

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Cuba’s lawmakers may legalize same-sex civil unions this year

| Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro-Espín, on Sunday said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalizing same-sex civil unions this year.

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Gay man, transgender woman marry in first LGBT wedding in Cuba

| Sunday, August 14, 2011
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On a sweltering, rainy afternoon in Havana, Ignacio Estrada, an HIV positive gay man, and Wendy Triepa, a transgendered woman, on Saturday became the first gay couple to be legally married in Cuba.

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Castro accepts responsibility for Cuba’s persecution of gays

| Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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In an interview last week with Mexican newspaper La Jornada, Fidel Castro accepted responsibility for Cuba’s persecution of gays and lesbians decades ago.

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