HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba has begun performing state-sponsored sex-change operations after the government lifted a longtime ban on the procedure in 2007, President Raul Castro's daughter said Tuesday.

A sexologist and gay-rights advocate, Mariela Castro runs the Center for Sex Education, which prepares transsexuals for sex-change operations and identifies Cubans it deems ready for the procedure.

Acquitted of Illegal Conduct Last Summer

A gay man, acquitted of prostitution charges last summer, has sued the City of Fort Lauderdale in Circuit Court for false arrest.

In a case covered extensively by the now defunct South Florida Blade, Michael Marsh had to live through the trauma of having his arrest by the Fort Lauderdale Police in Holiday Park publicized.

When Norm Kent told me he was considering becoming a publisher again, rebuilding The Express from scratch under a new name, I did not even stop and think about it for a second.

“Count me in if you need a business partner,” I told him.

A crazy idea given this depleted economy? Perhaps. But I feel it is healthier and heartier to live my life with vision and faith.

People say that Craigslist killed the local newspaper. I say not so fast. Most likely, it made the pimp redundant.

The mission of the South Florida Gay News.com is to create a paper you can call your own. When it comes to the news, we have no agenda. Gay news, straight facts; journalism, not advocacy. We are news, not gloss. We share the wins and the winds, the warriors and our warts.

Within our gay community, interests and viewpoints are as diverse as the straight community. On these editorial pages, all those voices will find a forum and venue. There will be calls to your conscience, and commentary cutting to your soul. We will celebrate our achievements and own up to our failures.

For many GLBT Americans, particularly those who have witnessed first-hand the growth of the modern gay rights movement, the changes in both the perceptions and the attitudes of society-at-large have been rapid and in many instances surprising.

The culture has come a long way since the Stonewall Riots in New York City: juxtapose the brutality of the NYPD in Greenwich Village during the summer of 1969 with Adam Lambert’s same-sex lip-lock during the American Music Awards during the winter of 2009.

The AIDS Health Care Foundation, establishing a greater presence in South Florida, has filed complaints with officials in the Florida Health Department, alleging that Miami-made sex films are using actors who do not use condoms.

Alleging that the carelessness constitutes a “sanitary nuisance” which leads to the spread of HIV, Foundation representatives have urged the producers to cease production of “condomless” films.

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