There's an extraordinary story making the rounds in some Mexican papers this week, about a couple madly in love and struggling to have their union recognized, or at least not ridiculed, by Mexican society. It's Diana and Mario, transsexuals, both of them, who plan on getting married this Saturday.
"Trapped," began the story in today's El Universal, "She in the body of a man, he in the body of a woman." But love, as they say, knows no boundaries, right? The paper is calling it the first dual transsexual wedding in Mexico -- the couple declined to try Mexico City's new same-sex civil union option and will wed as man and woman before a civil judge. In the El Universal video above, you can watch the couple articulate in Spanish their opinions about their transformations, and their unique attraction to one another.
"I am a person with two eyes, a mouth, a nose, I am a respectful person, intelligent, read, prepared, I do not consider myself a phenomen," a bearded Mario says. "I simply consider myself someone who was given a situation where my mind did not correspond with my body. But I don't consider that a phenomenon, I see a condition of life different from others."
The coverage is itself fascinating. Tabloid El Centro in Tuesday's editions published cutesy photos of Diana shopping for a wedding gown in the tiny dress shops found down in the pathways of metro Chapultepec. Above the story, a flourishing "Diana & Mario" banner, with wedding cake clip-art, and a countdown to Saturday ... "Four days left."