Mariette Pathy Allen


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2014 - Ongoing

I have taken four more trips to Cuba since 2014 when "TransCuba" was published, and will take more over time, as I have continued my relationships there. Over the last few years, there's been tragedy as well as joy. Amanda never got to Florida to be with her family, and died of AIDS. She couldn't tolerate the "cocktail". Lady, who sits with Laura on the book's cover, died from silicone poisoning, injected to make her hips bigger. Malu was also very sick with AIDS but has recovered well. On a much happier note, I was invited to two conferences for transgender people and their allies, wonderfully organized by Malu, and at one of them, Malu got married! Although this marriage isn't legal in Cuba, it was treated by all involved as completely real. The 24 year old groom is handsome and kind.