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Against homophobia

<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, province of Villa Clara in central Cuba, about 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Havana May 17, 2010. Much has changed in Cuba since the 1960s, when homosexuals were sent to work camps, or the 1970s, when gay men and women were denied certain jobs as "ideological deviants". Since President Raul Castro took office, Cuba has allowed doctors to perform sex change operations and the parliament is studying proposals to legalize same-sex unions.  REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, province of Villa Clara in central Cuba, about 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Havana May 17, 2010. Much has changed in Cuba since the 1960s,...more

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, province of Villa Clara in central Cuba, about 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Havana May 17, 2010. Much has changed in Cuba since the 1960s, when homosexuals were sent to work camps, or the 1970s, when gay men and women were denied certain jobs as "ideological deviants". Since President Raul Castro took office, Cuba has allowed doctors to perform sex change operations and the parliament is studying proposals to legalize same-sex unions. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen prepares backstage before a performance at the El Mejunje cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>Performers hold a gay pride flag during a parade in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2010.    REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

Performers hold a gay pride flag during a parade in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Performers hold a gay pride flag during a parade in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010.    REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>Drag queens prepare backstage before performing at "El Mejunje" cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

Drag queens prepare backstage before performing at "El Mejunje" cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Drag queens prepare backstage before performing at "El Mejunje" cultural center during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>People take part in a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

People take part in a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

People take part in a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Activists from the the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) movement marches against homophobia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

Activists from the the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) movement marches against homophobia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Activists from the the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) movement marches against homophobia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>People pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010.    REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

People pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

People pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Desmond Boylan</p>

Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Men pose for pictures during a gay pride parade in Havana May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A drag queen performs during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>Mariela Castro (R), director of Cuba's National Center for Sexual Education and daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, stands next to a drag queen as she addresses the audience during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

Mariela Castro (R), director of Cuba's National Center for Sexual Education and daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, stands next to a drag queen as she addresses the audience during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in...more

Mariela Castro (R), director of Cuba's National Center for Sexual Education and daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, stands next to a drag queen as she addresses the audience during an event commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Santa Clara, Cuba, May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez adjusts his brassiere while getting dressed at his home as the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009.   REUTERS/Claudia Daut</p>

Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez adjusts his brassiere while getting dressed at his home as the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez adjusts his brassiere while getting dressed at his home as the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>A transvestite attends a party the night before the Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, northwest Honduras July 27, 2008.   REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

A transvestite attends a party the night before the Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, northwest Honduras July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A transvestite attends a party the night before the Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, northwest Honduras July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>Transgender Fernando, 19, also known as "Pia Jhonson", bites a lemon while drinking alcohol in La Ceiba, Honduras, March 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

Transgender Fernando, 19, also known as "Pia Jhonson", bites a lemon while drinking alcohol in La Ceiba, Honduras, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Transgender Fernando, 19, also known as "Pia Jhonson", bites a lemon while drinking alcohol in La Ceiba, Honduras, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>A couple kiss during an event in commemoration of The International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009.   REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa</p>

A couple kiss during an event in commemoration of The International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A couple kiss during an event in commemoration of The International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

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<p>Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez (R) and his boyfriend El Moro kiss at their home as the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009.    REUTERS/Claudia Daut</p>

Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez (R) and his boyfriend El Moro kiss at their home as the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez (R) and his boyfriend El Moro kiss at their home as the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>Participants attend the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008.   REUTERS/Claudia Daut</p>

Participants attend the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Participants attend the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>Men pose with a gay pride flag during the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008.   REUTERS/Claudia Daut</p>

Men pose with a gay pride flag during the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Men pose with a gay pride flag during the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>Revellers dance as they take part in Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, July 27, 2008.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

Revellers dance as they take part in Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Revellers dance as they take part in Gay Pride Parade in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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