Cuba carries out sex-change surgery

Havana - Cuba has begun performing state-sponsored sex-change operations after the government lifted a longtime ban on the procedure in 2007, President Raul Castro's daughter said Tuesday.

Mariela Castro, the director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), says around half of the persons who had requested the surgery have already had it.

During the fifth Cuban Conference on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy, Castro also accused the ruling Communist Party of discrimination against gays and said she will write a letter to its "top leadership" demanding that it ends.

Mariela Castro has led gay rights parades in Havana, and urged the government to approve gay marriage, which has not yet happened.


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