Cuba's gay community celebrated unprecedented openness -- and high-ranking political alliances -- with a government-backed campaign against homophobia on Saturday. Cuba's Parliament is studying proposals to legalise same-sex unions and give gay couples the benefits that people in traditional marriages enjoy.
Around the same time, California's top court has ruled that a state law banning marriage between same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for California to become only the second US state, after Massachusetts, to allow same-sex marriage. The decision is expected to re-invigorate the fight for same-sex marriage rights nationwide, say gay activists and legal experts.
And also this weekend, there was a "kiss-in" at the Homomonument in Amsterdam.