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Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia.

A Castro Breaks Tradition With 'No' Vote in Cuba

INTERNATIONAL | By Andrea Rodriguez | Aug 19
Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament.

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Gay Marriages Could Begin in Va. Thursday, Unless SCOTUS Intervenes

NATIONAL | Aug 19
The clock is ticking on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will delay a ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

Smithsonian Adds LGBT History to Museum Collection

NATIONAL | By Brett Zongker | Aug 19
Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren

Rick Warren Hopes to Expand Ministry in Africa

INTERNATIONAL | By Corinne Chin | Aug 18
The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda this week, told The Associated Press that he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa.

Justin Bieber

#ALS #IceBucketChallenge :: The Top 15 Celebs

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 18
We've rounded up the hunks of the #ALS #IceBucketChallenge, now it's time to check out some of the biggest names in Hollywood who participated in the viral campaign!

Couples: Deny Stay in Arkansas Gay Marriage Case

NATIONAL | Aug 18
Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case.

amfAR teams with Bloomie's for a fundraiser

Bloomingdale's Fashionable Fundraiser Helps amfAR Fund a Cure for HIV

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 18
On August 20, Bloomingdale's will be hosting their semi-annual Fashionable Fundraiser to support amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and their mission to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

LGBT Groups Voice Support for Family of Michael Brown

CRIME | By Justin Snow | Aug 18
Nearly 20 LGBT-rights organizations issued a letter voicing their solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Virginia State Capitol

Barring Supreme Court intervention, Virginia Same-Sex Marriages Could Begin This Week

FAMILY | By Justin Snow | Aug 18
A federal appeals court paved the way last Wednesday for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia on Aug. 20.

John Baptist Odama

Ugandan Archbishop Stands Up For LGBT People

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 18
An archbishop in Uganda is speaking up for LGBT people as the country enters the next chapter with its highly controversial anti-gay law.