Photo Feature by Jorge Luis Baños/IPS
HAVANA TIMES, August 13 — The first homosexual wedding in Cuba took place on Saturday, with the date of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday especially chosen by the couple.
While same-sex marriage is not legal in Cuba, the bride, Wendy Iriepa, a transsexual, now has her ID card listing her as a woman. Her gay husband is Ignacio Estrada a gay rights activist.
The witnesses for the wedding were the well-known critics of the Cuban government bloggers Yoani Sanchez and Reynaldo Escobar.
“This is not a provocation. It’s an acknowledgment,” Estrada told AFP.
“It’s wonderful. It will be the first ‘gay’ wedding in Cuba. I don’t want this to be seen as a political act. Even if it’s a gift to Fidel, I’m not worried about what the government will think,” Iriepa told the press.
Wendy had a sex change operation four years ago thanks to CENESEX, the Sex Education Center led by President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela Castro, an advocate of LGBT rights.
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