Adela Hernandez made history this month by becoming the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba, winning the election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara.
Hernandez won office in early November by taking a runoff vote 280-170. Her position is the equivalent of a city councillor, and her election makes her eligible to be selected as a representative to Parliament in early 2013.
Becoming a delegate “is a great triumph,” said Hernandez.
As an elected official she promised to advocate for her constituents’ interests, but said she also wants to be a voice for gay rights.