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(user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay lesbian readers on 17/12/2013 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools
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Actualmente vivo en el sureste de México, un lugar que ocupa el 2a. lugar en actos de discriminación en México. Sin embargo, compañeras lesbianas y gays, nos dimos a la tarea de ir a la Universidades públicas y privadas para consientizar a los estudiantes sobre la homofobia y la discriminación. El impacto durante un año de esfuerzo llegó hasta hace un mes, cuando muchas personas, en su mayoría heterosexuales se unieron para pedir al Congreso, que modifique el Código Civil del Estado de Chiapas, para dar lugar a la unión de personas, con el mismo nombre: Matrimonio. Aún hoy, seguimos llevando quejas de detenciones arbitrarias a gente de la población LGBTTI, de asesinatos por razones de preferencia sexual, sin embargo, hemos, poco a poco, construído una cultura de respeto hacia lo diverso. Les envío un fuerte abrazo a todas ustedes querido hermanos y hermanas.
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Richard (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay readers on 03/01/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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Hola a todos!, Mi nombre es Richard y bueno mi historia como homosexual en un país machista, es difícil... Siempre he sido rechazado, humillado, me han insultado en la calle.
Recuerdo una vez... salia con mi pareja a un lugar llamado Cuautla,Mor. Nuestras vestimentas no eran llamativas o "decían véanme soy gay", tratamos siempre ser precavidos... y solo recuerdo que un tipo en el autobús me lanzo una basura a la cabeza, he iba diciendo cosas insultantes, así que al bajarme del autobús, yo también lo insulte, habeces la violencia genera violencia.. Pero no debe de ser así, tengo 23 años y he sufrido mucho por ser gay, pero saben... ADORO SER GAY, J'adore être gai!
Por que después de todo, me mude a la ciudad y ahora vivo con mi pareja y soy feliz, aunque a la gente no le guste!
Tengo miedo a que me agredan y por eso soy precavido, alguna vez le dije a mi padre que no puedo vivir con temor, pero si con precaución.
Hola a todos mis hermanos y hermanas!!! Mi comunidad, Mi 2a familia, La esperanza de un mundo mejor nunca muere. RG!
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servando cardenas (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 21/03/2012 +5
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Hello!

My name is Servando Cardenas and i am writing to you because i would like your help. I've always accepted my homosexuality and i am proud of who i am. Unfortunately there is still alot of stereotypes about gay people like being promiscuous, having some kind of disease, or just judge us like we are not part of the society and keep us from having a regular life just like any other human being. i guess many consider us trash. Since i was small i knew who i was and my sexual orienation, and it was back then when i promised myself that i wanted to make a difference in all this stereotypes, i wanted to demonstrate everyone that we are also human beings, that we all want to have our own families and find someone to share our lives with. I completed my task guys and i found my true love and know that i have accomplished it, i want to have my gay wedding and make it public. I am currently living in Reynosa, Mexico and me and my boyfriend want to marry but unfortunately we dont have the means to make our wedding, we are asking you for your help guys, we are asking you to help us make the difference and demonstrate people that being gay is not a crime, that being gay is not what they think, that being gay is about a sexual orientaton but that at the end we all are just looking for the same as the heterosexuals our soulmates. We have attached some of our love story pictures guys hoping to hear from you, and see if you can help us any mean. Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon! chachodude@hotmail.com
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PRESS RELEASE 03/10/2011


Subject: The Red Universitaria de la Diversidad Sexual (University Network of Sexual Diversity of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico) promotes local manifestation in the local Congress in opposition to the popular initiative to "shield" the family. The demonstration will take place peacefully, giving its arguments and positions.



The Red Universitaria de la Diversidad Sexual of the University of Guadalajara, in the Mexican State of Jalisco, invites media, NGOs, human rights activists and the general public to rally against the citizen initiative promoted by the neoconservative organization "Mexicanos por la vida de todos" chaired paradoxically by a citizen minister of the Commission on Human Rights of Jalisco, Norma Edith Martinez Guzman.

We believe that such citizen initiatives contravene the general principles of law and the essence of the legal framework for the extension of civil liberties and human rights recognition. The proposed amendments to the Civil Code of Jalisco, far from ensuring the prevalence of a traditional family model, provide the basis for the law to exclude and inhibit the different expressions of human relations that exist today.

The Red Universitaria de la Diversidad Sexual will held that peaceful and orderly manifestation in the Legislative Palace during the presentation of the initiative to the local House of Congress at its regular meeting on Wednesday October 5 at 11:00 am. It will inform the development of the manifestation and the session in the accounts on Twitter @RedUdeG and in the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233889565232/



Contact: Karina Michel Velasco, President of the University Lesbian Collective
Twitter: @ karina_michel

Contact: Nahum Hernรกndez Gallegos, Public Relations of the Red
Twitter: @ NapsterX4
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William (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay readers on 04/07/2011 tagged with sexual orientation
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hello.. i am a young man ...
i have been in love with older american man, he is good man, honest ... i love him so much...
my problem is i can not be happy with him.. because my family don´t know my orientation... if i tell them... they hate me... i am sad.. because i can not be happy with him... i am sad and crying !
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H (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay readers on 15/06/2011 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation
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I was 7 years in jail for a homicide that I dind't comit... I was implicated just for being Gay... my parter was killed in jail... At least I'm free absolved... there weren't any proves!
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Majo (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay lesbian readers on 11/08/2010 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools +5
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I'm 17 years old and I've been born and raised in Monterrey city one of the 3 biggest citys in mexico. Most of the people think that in the country gay people its not usually accepted, at least in my city we are, there are alot of asociations for GLBT comunity, one for almost any characteristic of ur own, youth, mother, discriminated, etc.

In every school i've been there have been seminaries and different kind of instructions about homosexuality there is some homophobic people but there are not as many an other places.
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Ken (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay readers on 27/03/2010 tagged with tourism +4
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Baja California Mexico - When I first started visiting Mexico, I thought, oh... too Catholic... too Macho... too straight. And for the casual visitor, that is the image. Soon someone took me by the hand and opened my eyes! Long story short is that my first impression was wrong in so many ways.

It is significant I think that Mexico never went through the Victorian, Puritan, Calvinist eras as we in the Anglo-Saxon world. They don't have the same hang-ups we do about same mentoring relationships that include sex as many other parts of the world. It is not uncommon for a young Mexican man to have same-sex relations simply as a learning experience. Note that I say "Mexican man." As tolerant as I have found Mexicans to be... don't mess with their kids. That is one thing that will bring certain wrath. In some parts of Mexico having a gay son is prized.... because they know he will be there in their old age, while all the other sons get married and move away.

At first I was a part-time visitor in Mexico. Now I am a full-time resident and live pretty openly with my partner. I say "pretty openly" because while we respect other's boundaries and don't push the gay thing, they know, we live comfortably and participate publicly as a couple. "They" includes the Mexicans and the local foreign resident crowd.

Northern Baja is a great place for gay retired couples... there are many senior gays living here quietly. Sunny beaches with ocean front houses at a fraction of what it would cost 45 minutes north in the US. And if we really need to go home, it is a short ride to the border.

Being right in Tijuana, close to the border, is not so good for gringos, or anyone for that matter... but it is where the clubs are, and there are several fun and interesting gay bars, clubs, etc. and once you know your way around they are fun to visit. We go out... usually when friends visit... 3-4 times a year.

Because we can be open, we try to live as an example for younger Mexicans who may not have many male role models. We try to show them that being gay does not mean that one partner is the "man"
and the other is the "woman." We show them that living their lives normally as gay men is possible.

We have marched through the streets of Tijuana and Ensenada in Gay Pride celebrations. Interesting experience! We run a free yahoo group where we distribute information and try to build a little community. Mexicans are not big on "organization" so that is another area where we mentor. Check us out at: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/MexicoGay-BajaGay I can answer any questions there.

For anyone interested in learning how to brush up your spanish speaking skills, I recommend an immersion school in Cuernavaca, with a GLBT specific program. You can stay in GLBT homes, or GLBT friendly homes. The summer program includes an overnight in Mexico City, and participation in the Gay Pride march there... an amazing experience! www.CETLALIC.org.mx

Many will think "Mexico?" and frown. It's not for everyone. But for those who enjoy Latin culture and adventure, it can be a viable option, and very economical for those with inquisitive and open minds.
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Art (user currently living in MEXICO) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 16/03/2010 tagged with adoption, lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights +5
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Famous Mexican singer, Paquita la del Barrio, states "I´d rather see a child die, than adopted bye a gay couple"
Watch in spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBW4eA8_Ngc&feature;=player_embedded#
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(user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay readers on 06/01/2010 tagged with families /parenting, tourism +20
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When we (male-male couple, plus two boys, whom we have been co-parenting since their birth - at that time they were in secondary school) visited México, we thought that arrangements in hotels might be more difficult than we had experienced in Europe on previous holidays. Two adult men, two boys, four different family names.
But probably because it was so obvious that we were a family, no-one ever asked any question. Thanks for non-discriminating hospitality, Mexicans!
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