Woman Becomes First Transgender Person to Hold Elected Office In Cuba

Woman Becomes First Transgender Person to Hold Elected Office In Cuba

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.

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