Adela Hernandez, 48, gathers the laundry from a clothesline outside her home in the village of Caibarien, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived

 

              Adela Hernandez, 48, gathers the laundry from a clothesline outside her home in the village of Caibarien, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived
Adela Hernandez, 48, gathers the laundry from a clothesline outside her home in the village of Caibarien, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality. This month she made history by becoming the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)