Mexico, Central America

LGBT rights in Mexico have expanded in recent years, in keeping with worldwide legal trends. Homosexuality has been legal since the adoption of the French Penal Code during occupation during 1862-1867. Until 1998, laws against public immorality or indecency could be used against homosexual acts. The Mexican Constitution was amended in 2001 to prohibit discrimination based, between other factors, on sexual orientation. A federal anti-discrimination law to protect sexual minorities was passed in 2003. The law also created a National Council to enforce the law. Otherwise, political parties tend to ignore LGBT rights issues, and few LGBT Mexicans run for public office. The age of consent is 18. In November 2006, civil unions (Sociedad de Convivencia) were legalized in Mexico City for same-sex and different-sex couples, offering almost the same legal rights as marriage within its city limits, minus adoption rights. The states of Colima, Michoacán, Jalisco, Guerrero, State of Mexico, Puebla and Veracruz are also considering similar laws. Gay life thrives in Mexico in its large cities and resorts. The center of the gay community in Mexico City is the Zona Rosa, near the city center. Puerto Vallarta, Monterrey, Tijuana and Guadalajara are large cosmopolitan cities that have a growing gay scene. However, the situation outside of these centers tends to be more homophobic.

 

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Mexico’s gay couples fight backlash against same-sex marriage

The supreme court ruled last year that restricting marriage to heterosexuals was discriminatory but well-funded Christian groups are staging a fightback After 19 years together, Inés Acevedo and Yolanda Torres finally tied the knot last September, at a collective wedding in the Mexican city of Querétaro. But their marriage was tragically short lived: less than… Read more »

Thousands rally against gay marriage in Tijuana: ‘We have the right to defend our values’

Thousands of opponents of same-sex marriage, including Tijuana’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, gathered for a rally in the city Saturday to protest Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed constitutional reform favoring the right of couples to marry regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The morning march to City Hall was one of dozens of… Read more »

The Massacre at a Mexican Gay Bar That No One Talked About

The LGBT community in Latin America regularly faces violence, and Islam has nothing to do with it. While reactions to the horrific shooting of an Orlando LGBT club have focused on attacker’s alleged links to Islamic extremists—despite pledging allegiance to both the Islamic State group and nemesis Hezbollah—news of a similar attack on a popular… Read more »

Lawmakers In Nayarit, Mexico Approve Gay Marriage Bill

Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Nayarit earlier this month approved a bill which allows gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state. Nayarit is expected to become the fourth Mexican municipality where gay couples can tie the knot, though marriage equality is technically possible throughout the country. Two additional states – Chihuahua and… Read more »

Stabbed 58 times, transgender woman flees El Salvador

Tapachula, Mexico – With red hair, carefully made up and dressed in feminine attire, Neila stood out in the gang-ravaged El Salvador neighbourhood where she was born a man. She put up with the taunts, jeers and insults over her gender identity for years, but it was a fourth savage knife attack that finally drove… Read more »

Mexican Top Court Strikes Down Jalisco’s Gay Marriage Ban

The First Chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday struck down an article of civil code in the state of Jalisco that prohibited gay couples from marrying. A gay and a lesbian couple challenged the western state’s civil code after they were denied marriage licenses. Article 258 of the Jalisco Civil Code… Read more »

Mexico Supreme Court Strikes Gay Marriage Bans; Chihuahua Joins Equality States

Mexico’s highest court has struck down state bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional for a fifth time. A state law which considers the ultimate purpose of marriage to be “procreation, and or defines [marriage] as celebrated between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional,” Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled. The ruling, delivered June 3 but made… Read more »

Mexico: Court rules same-sex marriage bans ‘discriminatory’

Mexico’s highest court has called bans on same-sex marriage “totally unjustified”. The court was responding to a petition for legal recourse submitted by a gay couple against state laws in Sinaloa which prevented them from marrying. The Supreme Court said in a statement: “The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual… Read more »

QueerView March 13: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. This regular feature is titled “QueerView.” LGBT Activist Describes Queer Life In Mexico City Estefania Vela Barba discusses what it’s like to be queer in Mexico City. Click Here Source… Read more »

QueerView March 13: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled “QueerView.” LGBT Activist Describes Queer Life In Mexico City Estefania Vela Barba discusses what it’s like… Read more »

Mexico: First same-sex couple finally marry in Baja California

The first same-sex couple have married in the Mexican state of Baja California, after a protracted legal battle and numerous failed attempts. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled last year that the northern state – which borders the US state of California – could not prevent Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo from marrying. However,… Read more »

Gay Marriage Law Takes Effect In Mexican State Of Coahuila

Gay and lesbian couples on Wednesday began applying for marriage licenses after a law legalizing such unions took effect in the Mexican state of Coahuila. Coahuila, which is bordered by Texas to its north, is the first Mexican state to legislatively allow gay couples to marry. On Monday, September 1, an overwhelming majority of lawmakers… Read more »

Same-sex marriage and adoption approved in another Mexican state

The Mexican state of Coahuila has joined one other state and Mexico City in legally recognising same-sex marriages. The state voted the bill into law yesterday. Presenting the bill was Samuel Acevedo, who said he wanted all gay and lesbian couples to have equal rights to straight couples. He said the legislation would help to… Read more »

Mexico City: Thousands celebrate pride and call for an end to homophobia

Twelve thousand turned out in the streets of Mexico’s capital to celebrate pride on Saturday, under the protective gaze of around 1,900 police officers. The celebrators stopped in front of the Senate to protest the Family and Human Development Committee, whose chairman, Jose Maria Martinez, has spoken out against abortion and same sex marriage in… Read more »

Mexico’s gay rights movement gaining ground

Despite a shift in public opinion, gay couples remain unable to marry throughout most of the country. Guadalajara, Mexico – As the countdown to New Year’s Day reached its climax in Guadalajara’s trendy Barezzito nightclub, many of the well-dressed local couples shared a celebratory kiss. But the euphoria did not last long for two young… Read more »

Lesbian couple becomes second same-sex marriage in Oaxaca, Mexico

Karina and Gabriela became the second same-sex couple to wed in the state of Oaxaca since a December 2012 Supreme Court ruling found the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Yesterday (22 December) Karina and Gabriela, whose last names have been omitted per their request, married in a private ceremony at approximately 3pm local time.… Read more »

Chihuahua becomes fourth Mexican state to legalize same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples may now seek to be married through the Civil Registry of the Mexican state of Chihuahua after a District Court Judge ruled in favor of a gay couple who had sought to be married but had instead been turned away. The couple, named as Tony and Thomas by El Pueblo, had sought to… Read more »

Chihuahua becomes fourth Mexican state to legalize same-sex marriage

The Mexican state of Chihuahua has joined Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Oaxaca in allowing same-sex couples to marry following a 22 August court verdict Same-sex couples may now seek to be married through the Civil Registry of the Mexican state of Chihuahua after a District Court Judge ruled in favor of a gay couple… Read more »

Mexico’s 1st gay mayor elected in rough north

Mexico City (AP) — Mexico’s first openly gay elected mayor is set to take office in a rough part of Zacatecas state known for cowboy boots, embossed belts and drug gang shootouts. Benjamin Medrano, a 47-year-old singer and gay bar-owner, says he is proud to be openly gay and rights groups say his victory in… Read more »

Indigenous LGBT political leaders bring concerns to D.C.

On Saturday, March 16, indigenous LGBT elected officials and candidates from North and South America provided testimony at a public hearing at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States. Three leaders representing indigenous populations in Bolivia, Mexico and the United States testified at the panel “Situation of the Human… Read more »

Mexico’s Highest Court Declares Law Banning Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

The Mexican Supreme Court (la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion) on Monday declared a law in the state of Oaxacan limiting marriage to heterosexual couples to be in violation of the country’s constitution. According to the Washington Blade, the court cited two groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court civil rights cases, Loving v. Virginia and… Read more »

Blind Alleys

The Unseen Struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Urban Refugees in Mexico, Uganda and South Africa PART I Guidance for NGOs, Governments, UNHCR & Program Funders Read PDF Source – Oram International

Mexican State Oaxaca To Legalize Gay Marriage

The Mexican state of Oaxaca will legalize gay marriage after the nation’s top court unanimously declared its marriage law, which excludes gay and lesbian couples, to be unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the nation’s Supreme Court (la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion (SCJN)) sided with three gay couples who wish to marry in the state.… Read more »

Mexico grants social security benefits to gay couples

Amendments to social security law now include medical and social benefits to gay spouses Mexico now includes gay couples as beneficiaries to social security benefits. Winning 252 votes for, 80 against and 15 abstentions, in the country’s House of Representatives these amendments improve the constitutional rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual Mexicans. As a Latin… Read more »

Cancun Plans to Pass Gay Marriage Bill to Attract Tourists

Cancun and other resort areas on the Mexican Caribbean will have a new attraction for gay and lesbian couples from the United States, Canada and Europe, allowing them to legalize their unions thanks to a quirk in the local civil code, activist Patricia Novelo told Efe. “This market niche … is very attractive for European,… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2011

1 México se encamina hacia una Constitución más tolerante con los gays 3/11 2 Conapred dice que no aumentó la homofobia en los últimos cinco años 4/11 3 Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 5/11 4 Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 5/11 5 Mexican LGBT center helps with HIV work 6/11 6 Condemnation of the Murder… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2009-10

1 Same-sex union sets precedent in Mexico City’s most countrified corner 1/09 2 Clarification of Statement on Homosexuality 1/09 3 What’sNew in…Puerto Vallarta 3/09 4 Mexico sees rare, openly gay mayoral candidate 3/09 5 Gay resort owner fights negative news about Mexico 4/09 6 Mexico: Homophobic cell-phone store ad 4/09 7 In macho culture, gays… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2007-08

1 Mexican state near Texas passes gay union law 1/07 2 Gay Man From Mexico Wins U.S. Asylum 1/07 3 Transgendered in Coahuila 1/07 4 Lesbians form Mexico’s first gay civil union 2/07 5 Mexican singer breaks gay taboo 3/07 6 New law propels gay rights in Mexico 3/07 7 In Mexico, gay couples ready… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2004-06

1 Mexico’s gays, lesbians trying to win rights 1/04 2 Macho Mexico lets its hair down in Zona Rosa 2/04 3 Rainbow Beach Towels on Mexican Sand in Puerto Vallarta 5/04 4 Destination Mexico–Cancún proving it can woo gay travelers too 6/04 5 Mexico May OK Conjugal Visits for Gays 9/04 6 Gay Caballeros Inside… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2000-03

1 Violence and Harassment Persist As Mexico Learns to Accept Gays 11/00 2 Conservatives and Liberals Battle Over Gay Issues 12/00 3 Same-sex struggle: Gays in Mexico Push for Social Benefits 2/01 4 In Mexico, a mass gay wedding 2/01 5 ‘Newlyweds’ Urge Mexico to Accept Gay Unions 2/02 6 Mexican gays urge marriage right… Read more »