Cuban transsexual elected delegate to municipal government.
Images taken from the blog of Observatorio Crítico website
Adela, 48 years old, works as a nurse specialized in electrocardiograms at a hospital in a fishing town in the north coast and won the second round of the municipal election in Registration District No. 5 in Villa Blanca. This was published in a long interview posted by the blog of Observatorio Crítico website. For link clic una extensa entrevista que publicó el blog de la Red Observatorio Crítico.
With a margin of almost 100 votes (270 against 180), Adela received the preference of her neighbors last Sunday, November 4, after none of the three candidates obtained more than 50% plus one of the votes required in the first round. In the first round she also received most of the valid votes (240 for a 36%).
Hernández González has worked for 14 years at the Hospital General María del Carmen Zozaya where she started working as a cleaner, then as a nursing assistant, later as a nurse and now as a specialized nurse.
For more than 28 years she has lived in the outskirts of Caibarién, where for the same period she has been the President of the Comité de Defensa de la Revolución (CDR) [Committee for the Defense of the Revolution] in a humble barrio [neighborhood] where she has been outstanding for altruistic actions such as as 118 donations of blood, a practice she was not allowed to continue by the Public Health authorities as a consequence of an alleged discriminatory policy against homosexuals.
Although she does not have a clinical diagnosis as a transexual, she adopted female gender identity from her early childhood. In her youth she was a cross dressing artist and today expresses her interest in a possible surgery for genital reassignment so that, as Ms. Adela, she can marry the man who loves her: a 21 year old young man.
Despite having had a hard life experience full of discrimination from her family, work places and society, including a sentence of two years in prison between 1980 and 1982 for the simple fact of being transsexual, the delegate expressed her optimism and thanks to the community where she lives and that chose her to represent them at the Municipal Government.
According to Cuban legislation and in view of the 2013 general elections, Adela, as a district delegate, could be chosen by the nomination committee -made up by civil society organizations- to be included among those proposed for the Provincial Assembly in Villa Clara, or even the National Assembly [Parliament]. These are government bodies that by law must have up to 50% of grassroots members.
Transexual cubana electa delegada a gobierno municipal
Imágenes tomadas del blog de la Red Observatorio Crítico