Two Cuban transgender get married, a first on the island

HAVANA, July 18 (AFP) A transgender couple has been married this week in Havana, a first in …

Cuba where sexual minorities have long suffered from discrimination, but they had to register their union like that of a man and a woman, the identity of their official papers.

“This legal act does not violate what is established by the Cuban legal rules because there are two persons whose legally recognized gender is female and male, even if this is not consistent with Ramsés’ gender identities. and Dunia, “the new spouses, explained the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), a state agency headed by Mariela Castro, daughter of former president Raul Castro.

Ramses, a transgender man, and Dunia, a transgender woman, united Tuesday at the San Francisco de Paula Marriage Palace in Havana, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice.

The couple had failed in a first attempt but the Cenesex provided them legal assistance, including the fact that they were not obliged to dress each according to the typewritten on their official papers.

They are now waiting for surgery to change their sex, said the Cenesex, a free intervention on the island.

In the wake of the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959, sexual minorities were stigmatized and homosexuals harassed or even sent to “re-education” camps.

Then applied a policy of marginalization dedicated to excluding them from any public job, for which Fidel Castro later apologized.

For more than a decade, the wind has turned in Cuba, driven in particular by Mariela Castro, MP who has worked for better respect for LGBTQ communities.

The new Constitution, in force since April, prohibits discrimination on grounds of gender identity and defines marriage as “a social and legal institution”, not just a “union between a man and a woman” as it was the case before. This paves the way for a reform of the Family Code within two years, which could legalize same-sex marriage.