Mariela Castro Tops US Visit with Transgender Talk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro is in San Francisco to meet with gay rights activists and to speak at an academic conference.

Mariela Castro is an outspoken gay rights advocate in Cuba, where she has pressed her father’s government to legalize same-sex marriages and campaigned to have sex reassignment surgery covered under the national health plan.

Castro is scheduled to speak about transgender health care at San Francisco General Hospital on Wednesday.

Later, the San Francisco LGBT Center is hosting Castro for a discussion on Cuba’s gay rights policies.

She will lead a panel on sexual politics Thursday at the annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association.

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