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Cuba to offer free sex reassignment surgery

by Nick Langewis and David Edwards

In the latest change since Cuba's new leader took office, its Public Health Ministry has authorized the nationalized health care system to perform gender reassignment surgery for the nation's transgender citizens.

Cuban doctors are currently training with Belgian surgeons, said Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro and director of CENESEX, Cuba's sex education center, who also said that 28 people are seeking the procedure, last performed in 1988 to massive public protest.

The accompanying video report is from, posted on June 7, 2008.


Originally published on Sunday June 8, 2008.

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