Mexico City’s Plan To Fight Sexual Assault: Whistles On The Subway

10/21/16 NPR

miguel angel manceraMexico City’s Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera is handing out plastic whistles. A half-million of them. At three bucks a pop, he’s hoping that women will use the whistles to scare off harassers on the packed public transportation system.

When the plan was announced this summer, it received a flurry of scathing criticism and mocking memes on social media. But city officials are moving forward and have been handing out the whistles by the thousands at subway and bus stops.

At the Zapata metro station in the southern end of Mexico City, the buses and subways are packed at midday, the perfect conditions for harassment, say women. Nearly everyone has a story.

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Is Mexico Ready For Gay Marriage?

10/19/16 The Huffington Post

LGBT Rights MexicoMexico is in the midst of a public debate on gay marriage that has focused on ‘traditional family values’.

In September, some 100 cities in all 32 Mexican states hosted a so-called “March for the Family“ – protests against a proposal to legalise gay marriage. Estimates vary, but according to the National Front for Family, the coalition of civil society organisations and religious groups that organised the march, more than a million people participated; other sources place the number in the hundreds of thousands.

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Mexican brands mock Trump: ‘There’s a common sense he’s our enemy’

10/18/16 The Guardian

DonaldTrumpPinataCompanies including Tecate and Cucapá are using humor to push back against the Republican’s fighting talk (and market their products)

When a group of young Mexicans began selling “I support Donald” T-shirts to people on the streets of Los Angeles last month they drew reactions of anger and disbelief from many passersby.

The joke was on the buyers. As temperatures rose a clown nose appeared on the Republican presidential candidate and the wording on the shirts changed, crossing out “I support” and leaving “El Que Lo Lea,” which translates to “whoever reads this” but is a nod for any Mexican Spanish speaker to the popular phrase: “Whoever reads this is an asshole.”

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World’s First Indigenous Poetry Festival Launches in Mexico

10/17/2016 Telesur

The world’s first Indigenous poetry festival launches in Mexico Monday, bringing together 80 poets from five continents and 30 languages to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and love for the Mother Earth.

The inaugural theme, “Voices of Color for Mother Earth,” aims to share different Indigenous cosmologies on the natural world to “keep alive their traditions, their language, but above all their creativity and vision of the world that will surely be increasingly present in the enormous changes the world is experiencing,” said president of the National Council for Culture and the Arts Rafael Tovar.

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The religious right begins to flex its muscles in secular Mexico

10/08/16 The Washington Post

Conservatives from all corners of the country converged on Mexico City on a recent Saturday for the National March for the Family, which took aim at the president’s plans to enshrine same-sex marriage in the constitution.

The LGBT community and its allies launched a counterprotest, waving rainbow flags and carrying pictures of former presidents Benito Juárez and Plutarco Elías Calles — lionized as heroes of the secular state, figures who curbed Catholic Church privileges in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Mexico to appeal latest fine by FIFA over anti-gay chant

4/10/16 The Washington Post

confed-cup_2005_-_laolawelleMEXICO CITY — The Mexican Soccer Federation says it will appeal a fine imposed by international soccer’s governing body over anti-gay chants by fans.

It was the third time in 10 months that FIFA has sanctioned Mexico’s national team for the habit of its fans yelling a gay slur during kicks by opposing goalkeepers.

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Mexico’s push for same-sex marriage might be getting a holy opponent

09/29/2016 Business Insider 

POPEMexico’s conservative movement against same-sex marriage seems to have gained a holy backer.

During last Sunday’s mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis said a few words that are being interpreted by many Mexicans as a show of support for those leading the fight against marriage equality in the Aztec nation.

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