Tchinda Andrade: Cape Verde's transgender hero

(CNN)It was the popular singer Cesaria Evora who first introduced journalist Marc Serena to Cape Verde's most famous transgender activist: Tchinda Andrade.

The Sao Vincente native came out as transgender in a local newspaper article in 1998, and has since played the role of mother hen to the country's trans community.
    "She was the first to open the way for others to express themselves," says Serena. "Tchinda is a natural leader." So influe