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  1. Cuba hosts first transgender Mass

  2. People embrace each other during a mass in a church in Matanzas.

  3. Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors, who had flown in from Brazil, Canada and the United States, wore stoles in the trans hues of light blue, pink and white and the congregation swayed to Caribbean beats.

  4. "Tonight has been a night of celebration of equality between all people, marking a new era for Cuba," said Alexya Salvador (L), a Brazilian trans pastor, born Alexander, wearing a black dress with a white clerical collar and lacy sleeves she made

  5. "God's love is radically inclusive," said Salvador. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

  6. Niurca Perez (L), 52, who uses the artistic name Jean Carlos, chats backstage before performing at a trans party in Matanzas.

  7. Trans Andy Cuadrado, 21, stands at the door of a chapel after a mass in Matanzas.

  8. A trans performer who goes by the artistic name Irina Cata, 37, prepares at the backstage of a theatre before performing during a trans party in Matanzas.

  9. An artist who goes by the artistic name Maya Queen, 30, performs during a trans party at a theatre in Matanzas. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

  10. Alexya Salvador, a Brazilian trans pastor, smokes a cigarette before a mass in Matanzas.

  11. Trans Baptist reverend Allyson Robinson from the U.S. (L), trans pastors Cindy Bourgeois from Canada (2nd L) and Alexya Salvador from Brazil (2nd R) and lesbian pastor Elaine Saralegui sing during a mass in Matanzas, Cuba, May 5, 2017.