State footing the bill for sex change operations in Cuba

Posted on 10 Mar 2010 at 1:14pm

While the U.S. Congress continues to be mired in a swamp of partisan bickering over health care reform, and the American Psychiatric Association refuses to remove “Gender Identity Disorder” from its Diagnostic and Statiscal Manual (watch the Friday, March 12 issue of Dallas Voice for Renee Baker’s story on that topic), Cuba’s communist government has begun paying for sex change operations for some of its transgender citizens.

The program began in 1988 but was suspended for two decades amid complaints that the government had better things to spend its money on, according to this Associated Press story. But the program has started back up now under Mariela Castro, President Raul Castro’s daughter and the woman known as the country’s biggest LGBT rights activist.

Eight trans people were involved in the initial program, and now that it has restarted, 22 more trans people are waiting to get the surgery.

Read the whole story here.

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