Mexicans march for gay marriage after opponents rally

09/12/16 BBC News

gay pride flagSupporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators carried banners saying “I respect your family, respect mine.”

The cardinal of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, denied the Catholic church was behind the protests in cities across the country.

In May, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a bill which would legalise same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Mexico’s new finance minister spurns Donald Trump

09/08/16 Reuters

15851765709_8511a4809c_oMexico’s new finance minister on Thursday delivered a stern reproach to Donald Trump, saying the only thing he agreed on with the U.S. Republican presidential candidate was that his predecessor in the ministry was an excellent public servant.

The comments follow the resignation of Luis Videgaray as finance minister on Wednesday after he came under fire for Trump’s visit to Mexico City last week, which Mexican diplomats said he was instrumental in arranging.

Trump has infuriated Mexicans with a series of broadsides against the United States’ southern neighbor, and his hastily arranged visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto a week ago sparked heavy criticism of the government.

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Statement by the President on the Death of Juan Gabriel

08/29/2016 The White House

US flagFor over forty years, Juan Gabriel brought his beloved Mexican music to millions, transcending borders and generations. To so many Mexican-Americans, Mexicans and people all over the world, his music sounds like home.  With his romantic lyrics, passionate performances and signature style, Juan Gabriel captivated audiences and inspired countless young musicians. He was one of the greats of Latin music–and his spirit will live on in his enduring songs, and in the hearts of the fans who love him.

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Juan Gabriel, a Pop Music ‘Icon’ in Mexico, Dies at 66

08/28/2016 The New York Times

juanga.jpgJuan Gabriel, the prolific singer and songwriter who was one of Mexico’s most successful musical artists, died on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 66.

Juan Gabriel’s publicist told The Associated Press that he had died on Sunday morning. Univision said he had had a heart attack.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, offered his condolences on Twitter, calling him “one of the great musical icons of our country.”

Juan Gabriel released the first of several dozen albums in 1971 and continued to release records at a relentless pace, including two this year. He was nominated for six Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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5 Reasons Why North American Retirees Are Flocking To Mexico

08/27/2016 The Huffington Post

AcapulcoDCurrent estimates put the number of U.S. and Canadian citizens living in various places in Mexico at well over one million. Not all are retired, but hundreds of thousands of them are. This easily makes Mexico the world’s most popular overseas retirement destination for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Remember, this is the country that one U.S. presidential candidate thinks is so bad that it should be walled off from the rest of North America.

What makes so many North Americans disagree? What makes Mexico the world’s biggest draw for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking outside their own countries for a quality retirement? We can think of five reasons off the top of our heads.

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Young people thrive in a new Mexico, even as the shadows of violence linger

08/29/2016 The Star

Mexican Flag XXLMEXICO CITY—Tattooed hipsters on bikes. Same-sex couples walking hand-in-hand. Cafés with almond milk coffee and gluten-free bread. Artisanal mescal — three dozen different kinds.

This is not the Mexico most Canadians know. But in the chic eateries and cultural centres of the gentrifying La Roma neighbourhood in Mexico City, another side of the country is in full bloom.

“The city has such an intoxicating mix of culture, emotion, food, design and architecture that has really exploded in the last two or three years,” says Susie Neil, standing outside Toscano café, where she is producing a tequila commercial for a Canadian client.

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Open city

08/20/16 The Economist

LGBT Rights Mexico.JPGOMAR GARCÍA CERVANTES, an aspiring novelist, was brought up in the state of Veracruz but moved to Mexico City 16 years ago. As a gay man, he is happier there than anywhere else. Mexico City has grown only more welcoming since he moved there. In November last year the mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera, signed a declaration proclaiming its gay-friendliness. Gay marriage has been legal in the city since 2010; under a law passed in 2014, people can change their legal sex simply by applying to alter their birth records. Hate crimes against gays are almost unheard of, says Alejandro Brito of Letra S, a gay-rights activist group.

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