Tina K. Russell

June 8, 2008

Awesome Cissexual Update: Mariela Castro

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 12:08 am

HEALTH-CUBA: Free Sex Change Operations Approved
New horizons opened up for transsexuals in Cuba with the approval of a Public Health Ministry resolution that establishes guidelines for their health care, including free gender reassignment operations.

“It was just approved. The operations will begin to be carried out as soon as the Cuban medical team is ready to start,” Mariela Castro, head of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), told IPS.

Since 2004, Castro, President Raúl Castro’s daughter, has been the driving force in the effort to achieve integral health care for transsexuals in Cuba.

I have previously discussed Mariela Castro and I thank her deeply for this. You shouldn’t romanticize Cuba’s healthcare system; it’s a shambles, and there’s plenty of blame to spread between the US embargo and the Castro brothers’ poor governance. But, I congratulate them for taking a principled stand on this issue, and I only wish my country would follow.

(Of course, we’d need universal healthcare first. Mmm, about those Presidential candidates: one supports universal healthcare, one doesn’t. That is, Obama supports giving Americans the power to get help when they get sick. I’m voting for that guy.)

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2 Comments »

  1. here’s cuba story on cenesex!
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=1840&MediaType=1&Category=24

    Comment by bob — June 17, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  2. Cool.

    Comment by Tina Russell — June 17, 2008 @ 12:07 pm


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