Puerto Rico is a tough place to be gay. Homophobia is strong. LGBT islanders used to think Florida was a place where they could live openly. But after the Orlando shooting, they're not so sure any space is safe.
In Cuba, basic aspects of democracy as they exist in the US are rarely seen. So when the communist leader was faced with a free press questioning him about political prisoners on the island, he just said there were none.
Little more than a year after the US and Cuba announced plans to begin normalizing relations, the two countries announced the resumption of direct, scheduled commercial flights between them — which haven't existed in more than 50 years.