Dayan Sanchez, 25, center left, a gay transvestite artist known as "Venus" poses with his companion Roberto Garcia, 45, Gilberto Diez, 18, second right, Ernesto Nogues, 22, in front of a tourist ... more 
Dayan Sanchez, 25, center left, a gay transvestite artist known as "Venus" poses with his companion Roberto Garcia, 45, Gilberto Diez, 18, second right, Ernesto Nogues, 22, in front of a tourist billboard in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, May 16, 2013. A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia. Gays were persecuted for decades after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, sometimes sent to grueling rural work camps along with others considered socially suspect by the Communist government. But there has been a gradual shift away from macho attitudes, and Fidel Castro himself has publicly regretted the mistreatment of people seen as different. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ramon Espinosa
Fri, May 17, 2013 4:35 PM EDT