For years gay, bisexual, lesbians and transgender people have suffered discrimination in Cuba where same sex marriages are illegal but after undergoing a sex change, thirty seven year old Wendy Iriepa is now recognised as a woman and communist Cuba saw its first ‘gay’ wedding held last week.
New Bride Wendy had the operation back in 2007 after a series of reformed gay rights were introduced by President Raul Castro. Many gays had previously been sent to camps to be re-educated in the hope of stamping out their ‘counter-revolutionary’ values.
The wedding ceremony between a gay man and a transsexual woman certainly caused some onlookers to stop and start while pictures were taken outside the registry office, with a host of guests from members of the gay community as well as prominent dissidents.
Many now believe this wedding ceremony that was held on the former leader Fidel Castro’s birthday is a positive step forward for the Cuba gay community.
Last year Fidel Castro himself apologised for the persecution of homosexuals under his rule, calling it a “great injustice”.
Author - Pauline