PBI-Mexico accompanies LGBTI+ pride march in Chihuahua

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On Saturday July 6, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project accompanied the LGBTI+ pride march in the city of Chihuahua.

PBI-Mexico notes on social media that more than 10,000 people marched in that gathering against discrimination and hate crimes.

In October 2018, El Universal reported that Mexico has the second highest number of murders of transgender and transsexual people in the world every year.

Prior to the march, Difusión Norte reported (in Spanish), “In order to make visible and remember the struggle of those who pursue the equality of the LGBT+ community, this Saturday, July 6, 2019, the XII Pride of Chihuahua March will take place through the streets of the Center, organized by the Sexual Diversity Committee of Chihuahua.”

That article adds, “In different parts of the world there is a march of pride to remember the raid that took place in New York in 1969 at a meeting point of the LGBT+ community.”

That refers to the Stonewall rebellion that took place after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. This was a pivotal moment in the emergence of the gay liberation movement. By June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and numerous other cities in the United States.

The Difusión Norte article notes, “This year the march will be dedicated to trans people, who are the most vulnerable population in Mexico.”

El Universal has reported, “Transgender women are one of the most vulnerable social groups in Mexico, next to homosexuals, and they are often subjected to physical aggression due to their identity.”

PBI-Mexico highlights that according to a survey conducted by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED) and the State Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), the state of Chihuahua has the second highest number of homicides against members of the LGBTI community.

El Heraldo de Chihuahua adds (in Spanish), “The National Discrimination Survey reveals that 7 out of every 10 inhabitants in Mexico say that homosexuals and transgendered people are the least respected by society.”

That El Heraldo article also notes, “The results of the National Survey on Homophobia at Work show that 35 percent of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have been victims of some kind of discrimination in their workplace, which has resulted in 15 percent having had to resign.”

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