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Gay Cuban Activist And His Transsexual Bride To Wed On Fidel’s Birthday

Wendy Iriepa

Cuban gay activist Ignacio Estrada and his transsexual bride Wendy Iriepa are going to tie the knot on Fidel Castro’s Birthday

Reuters has the story:

A Cuban gay rights activist and his transsexual bride plan to marry on former President Fidel Castro’s birthday next month in a move aimed at advancing homosexual rights on the communist-ruled Caribbean island.

Wendy Iriepa, 37, who became a woman in Cuba’s first state-sanctioned free sex change operation in 2007, and Ignacio Estrada, who is 31 and suffers from AIDS, will tie the knot on August 13, the 85th birthday of the veteran revolutionary.

Estrada said the wedding, which the couple called “a gift” for Castro, would be a first in Cuba’s once-persecuted gay and lesbian community which has gained more space in recent years.

Same-sex marriages are not covered in Cuba’s current marriage legislation, but Iriepa is now legally registered as a woman following her sex change.

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