adela hernandez

Adela Hernandez is Cuba’s first transgender to be elected to office. She isn’t, as the NYT says, quite the New Man, that Che Guevara envisioned shaping socialism in Cuba, but she is a tough one who identifies itself as primarily a woman. Hernandez, who’d like to go by simply Adela, prefers to cutting lazy bureaucrats to size with her sharp tongue than chop sugarcane with a machete.

Cuba has come a long way in gender sensitivity from the 1960’s when gay men were regularly sent to labor camps.