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Cuban “gay” couple ties the knot on Fidel Castro’s Birthday

08-16-2011 15:25 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- A gay man married a transsexual woman in Havana, Cuba on Saturday, according to media reports.

Transsexual Wendy Iriepa arrives on the back of a convertible car for her wedding with gay rights activist and dissident Ignacio Estrada in Havana on August 13, 2011.(Photo: Xinhua/Reuters)

Their wedding was aimed at advancing homosexual rights in Cuba.

The marriage is also a milestone in Cuban history. “This is the first wedding between a transsexual and a gay man,” said Ignacio Estrada, the bridegroom, who is a 31-year-old with AIDS. He also said, “This is a step forward for the gay community in Cuba.”

The bride, Wendy Iriepa, a 37-year-old, has already been famous in Havana for undergoing the island’s first legal sex-change operation in 2007.

Transsexual Wendy Iriepa reacts before wedding gay rights activist and dissident Ignacio Estrada in Havana August 13, 2011. (Photo: Xinhua/Reuters)

Same sex marriage is illegal in Cuba. But since now Iriepa is a legally woman, their marriage doesn’t break any law.

Thanks to Mariela Castro, one of Cuba’s foremost proponents of gay rights and heads of the National Sex Education Center, or Cenesex, Iriepa could have a transsexual operation.

CORRECTING TYPO IN TRANSSEXUAL Gay rights activist and dissident Ignacio Estrada (L) and transsexual Wendy Iriepa salute while holding a LGBT flag from a convertible car after their wedding in Havana August 13, 2011. (Photo: Xinhua/Reuters)

Mariela Castro is also the niece of former president and the daughter of current President Raul Castron.

Estrada, who considers himself gay, said Iriepa and he met three months ago and fell in love with each other.

Gay rights activist and dissident Ignacio Estrada (R) and transsexual Wendy Iriepa hold hands after their wedding in Havana August 13, 2011. (Photo: Xinhua/Reuters)

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