This amalgamation of influences produced a Mexican state that has a diverse and lively array of LGBTQ+ communities in different cities across the nation. In the context of “queer” meaning relating to people who do not conform to the heteronormative or cis-gendered Mexican lifestyle, Mexican queer history reveals to us that Mexican LGBTQ+ people have had to adapt to different ways of living across different regions and periods. The administration of NAFTA added another dimension, shifting México into a country that freely adopted trade between the U.S. and Canada.
Brazil is the largest country in South America, and as such it is home to as many walks of life as it is terrains. When it comes to lifestyles, income, and education levels, there is no one Brazil. You can see this just by looking at the nation’s literacy rates; despite the growth in recent years which led many economists to regard Brazil as the future of the market, as of 2015, 7.4 percent of the population was still illiterate (Central Intelligence Agency 2017).
The cold, mosquito-filled storm drains of Kingston, Jamaica are no place that any human would want to visit, let alone inhabit. Yet, these storm drains are home to over 25 young LGBTI Jamaicans who have been kicked out of their homes and excluded from Jamaican society. These young and vibrant Jamaicans that go by names such as Batman, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Pebbles, have built a community in the storm drains in order to escape the risk of being openly gay[i]. They are the gully queens.