The New York Times on Saturday highlighted the story of Ana Rafaela Diaz Gomez, a transgender Cuban woman.

Support for transgender rights in the communist country have increased. Since 2008, the state has funded hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery.

“I was born in '79,” Ana says. “In that time, not much was known about this. Society rejected it, homosexuality and the like. We were more or less marginalized. There were many people who treated us badly … the police. We would go out and it wasn't good because I was dressed as a woman.”

“It's changing now. People's minds are changing.”

Ana met her husband, Abel Isaac Hernandez Rondon, eight years ago.

“He liked me how I am, like a person. After the surgery, we have gotten closer. It was a goal we both wanted to achieve.”

Abel believes discrimination has lessened.

“There was a lot of discrimination. Now I feel much better. I see that she feels good. So I do,” he says.

Despite the advances, Ana says that there are “still places where homophobia exists” and the legally married couple is not allowed to adopt.