This is Adela Hernandez, 48, of Caibarien, Cuba.
In the 1980s, Adela's family disowned her because of her sexuality. She spent two years in jail for "dangerousness."
Over the years Adela worked as a hospital janitor, nurse, and electrocardiogram technician.
And she felt so secure in her place that she decided to run for office as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien.
She won. Adela Hernandez is now the first transgender person to hold public office in Cuba and is eligible to run for Parliament in 2013.
And while she plans to fight for gay rights, Adela understands that her example can inspire anyone.
Quotes courtesy of the Huffington Post. Photos by Ramon Espinosa for the AP.