In honor or in scorn of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, depending on who you ask, a gay man and a transsexual woman wed in a first-of-its-kind wedding. Though gay marriage is not allowed in Cuba the government sanctioned wedding was seen my many gay Cuban’s as a step out of the shadows.
The bride now known as Wendy was Alexis before a state paid sex-change operation. The fact that Alexis became a woman is why the couple was allowed to marry. Transgender surgery which is very costly is covered under the island nation’s universal healthcare system.
The most high profile gay advocate is, Mariela Castro, daughter of current President Raul Castro – who hails the marriage as a step in the right direction.
The groom, Ignacio Estrada, was not that kind toward Cuban policy. He noted that the couple got married on Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday to “remind him of the atrocities he committed against the Cuban gay community, above all in the 1960’s.”