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PHOTOS: Washington Blade returns to Cuba

IDAHOT events took place across the country

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A wooden Pride flag hangs on the wall inside the kitchen of Diverso, a private restaurant in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

HAVANA — Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), which Mariela Castro, the daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro, directs, organized a series of events this month in Havana and in the city of Pinar del Río that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

LGBTI activists who work independently of Mariela Castro and CENESEX in Havana and in the provinces of Artemisa and Villa Clara are among those with whom the Washington Blade spoke while in Cuba from May 8-18.

This trip took place less than a month after the Cuban National Assembly selected Miguel Díaz-Canel to succeed Raúl Castro as the country’s president. President Trump last June reinstated some of the travel and trade restrictions that former President Obama lifted in 2014 when he sought to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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PHOTOS: International LGBTQ Leaders Conference opening reception

Politicians and activists from around the world met and mingled at the JW Marriott

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Politicians and activists from around the world met and mingled at the JW Marriott. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The LGBTQ Victory Institute held an opening reception for the 2021 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference at the JW Marriott on Thursday.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Flag Football playoffs

LGBTQ league plays at Carter Barron Field

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League held its playoffs at Carter Barron Field on Sunday. The winners advance to the championships on Nov. 21. Visit DCGFFL.org for more information.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: SMYAL Fall Brunch

Annual fundraiser held for LGBTQ youth programs

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The LGBTQ youth services organization SMYAL held its annual Fall Brunch at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Nov. 6. Jonathan Capehart served as the emcee.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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