‘We are invisible’: Discrimination and risks multiply for Indigenous LGBTQ in Mexico


Source: NBC News

Wilter Gómez was 12 years old when his stepfather took him from his hometown in Gracias a Dios, Honduras, to the jungle. After walking for hours on remote trails, the man began to beat him repeatedly. 

“He wanted me to disappear,” Gómez said bitterly. His stepfather threw him and left him in a ditch full of water, but the intense pain from the beatings caused Gómez to wake up, saving him from drowning. He never returned to his Gracias a Dios home.


Mexican women protest violence via art, breastfeeding

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11/26/19 – AP News

By Amy Guthrie and Ginnette Riquelme

Women’s groups protested at cultural institutions in Mexico’s capital ahead of Monday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, using painting, crocheting and breastfeeding to call attention to rampant violence and machismo in their country.

Dozens of women painted on a protective barricade around the Angel of Independence monument on the city’s main avenue Sunday while others crocheted purple and pink hearts to string up. The wall was erected after feminists used paint to deface the monument with graffiti in August to decry alleged rapes by police in the capital as well as high rates of murders of women throughout the country.

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Mexican president defends indigenous pensions plan


11/18/19 – AP News

Mexico’s president on Monday defended a plan to provide pensions to indigenous people starting at age 65, compared with 68 for other Mexicans.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was elected last year after campaigning to help marginalized people, said those who question the idea should visit poor indigenous communities to see how residents live.

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Pregnant indigenous Mexican women face hospital discrimination

doctors by Flikr user Gov BaThe Los Angeles Times, 10/16/2013

Irma Lopez, a Mazatec Indian, waited to receive attention at a medical clinic in Oaxaca, but her labor pains became overwhelming. Spurned by the nurses, she retreated outdoors — and abruptly gave birth to a baby boy on the hospital lawn.

A few days later, it was revealed that two other pregnant indigenous women had also been turned away from Oaxaca hospitals, one of whom also delivered on the lawn, and that a fourth woman had been forced to have her baby on the reception floor at a hospital in Puebla.

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Mexico airline apologizes for light-skin casting call for TV commercial

people with question marksThe Washington Post, 8/16/2013

Mexico’s Aeromexico airline and its ad agency have apologized for a producer’s casting call requesting that only light-skinned people apply as actors for a television commercial.

Mexico’s population is largely dark-skinned, but Mexican television ads routinely feature light-skinned actors, sparking accusations of racial discrimination. The commercial has not yet been made, but the casting call specified it wanted “nobody dark skinned,” only actors with “white skin.”

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To Be an Older and Invisible Woman (Spanish)

folk art - communitySin Embargo, 3/8/2013

Although one might think that discrimination against  seniors is a problem that is booming in Mexico, it is a phenomenon that has been around for many decades and has been made ​​visible in recent years thanks to access to information, to the appearance of public policies aimed at this population group,  and research about the issue.

In the case of women, most surveys that consider that gender studies   focus on those who are economically active or who are of childbearing age. Thus leaving out the elderly.

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Mexico’s top court: Anti-gay terms are hate speech

gay pride flagAssociated Press, 3/7/2013

Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-gay words commonly used in Mexico are hate speech and not protected as freedom of expression under the country’s constitution, allowing those offended by them to sue for moral damages. The magistrates voted 3-2 late Wednesday in favor of a journalist from the central city of Puebla who in 2010 sued a reporter at a different newspaper who had written a column referring to him as “punal” and others at the plaintiff’s newspaper as “maricones.” Both words roughly translate into “faggot.”

The majority said the terms are offensive and discriminatory. “Even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can’t validate the violations of basic right,” their opinion said.

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Fact sheet: Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Pew Hispanic Center, 4/29/2010

A few of their findings:

  • Americans see Hispanics as the racial/ethnic group most often subjected to discrimination.
  • Hispanics are the ethnic group most likely to be illegal immigrants.
  • As the number of illegal immigrants in the United States has grown, so too have the number of deportations.
  • A majority of Hispanics worry that they, or someone they know, will be deported.
  • One-in-ten Hispanics say that they have been asked by police or other authorities about their immigration status.
  • A sizeable minority of Hispanics say they, or someone they know, has experienced discrimination.

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Mexico: Anti-Mexican Discrimination in US Growing

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The Associated Press, 8/29/2009

A Mexican official says discrimination against Mexicans in the United States is growing and is most pronounced in areas where immigration is relatively new.

Director of Consular Affairs and Protection Daniel Hernandez says that “where we are seeing the most complex, hard and deep-seated discrimination is in areas where immigration is new, where there may be fewer Mexicans.”

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China denies anti-Mexican discrimination

Reuters, 5/4/2009

China denied discrimination lay behind its confinement of scores of Mexican nationals over fears of the H1N1 flu, urging Mexico to respond calmly and cooperate in fighting the virus.

Mexican foreign minister Patricia Espinosa on the weekend accused China of discriminating against her country’s citizens after Beijing ordered dozens of them into isolation in hotels and other sites across the country, although only one, a man now in Hong Kong, has been found to have the H1N1 flu.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu rejected the criticism, saying the isolation steps were correct procedure, not bigotry.

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