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Transgender Woman, Gay Man Wed In Cuba For Castro’s Birthday ?

Gay rights activist Ignacio Estrada and transgender woman Wendy Iriepa tied the knot this Saturday on Fidel Castro’s Birthday.

The Associated Press reports:

A gay man and a woman whose sex-change operation was paid for by the state tied the knot Saturday in a first-of-its-kind wedding for Cuba, a sign of how much the country?s attitude toward sexuality has changed since gays and transsexuals suffered persecution in the early years after the revolution.

Bride Wendy Iriepa, 37, arrived at a Havana wedding hall in the afternoon in a vintage Ford convertible and a full white wedding gown, flowers in her hair and holding a rainbow flag. Neighborhood residents came out of their homes to gawk at the wedding party and the journalists mobbing the car.

?This is the first wedding between a transsexual woman and a gay man,? said the 31-year-old groom, Ignacio Estrada. ?We celebrate it at the top of our voices and affirm that this is a step forward for the gay community in Cuba.?

Inside, a public notary joined them in a brief civil ceremony and the newlyweds kissed to cheers from friends and family.

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