On February 28th, 2020, spirits were raised when a United States Federal Court ruled that the Migrant Protection Protocol, a trump immigration
This past weekend, Mexico, and other Latin American countries including, Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru, celebrated th
Despite the strong influence of the Catholic church on cultures throughout Latin America, each day LGBTQ+ communities throughout the region continue to gain rights and the freedom to openly express their true selves. Argentina has been a long time queer safe haven in Latin America with the availability of free hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery to citizens of all ages since 2012, as
Latin America has become a predominantly Catholic region since early Spanish and Portuguese Colonizers arrived in the western hemisphere in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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.
Between the violent war on drugs and the murder rate in Mexico steadily increasing each year, citizens have experienced an inconcievable amount of devastation in recent years. In 2014, 43 college students were kidnapped and allegedly murdered while attending a protest in Iguala, Mexico. The parents of the young adults were never given credible answers as to what happened to their children, but now five years later the search for the truth has begun again.
Over the past decade, Mexico has become infamous for its violent war on drugs. Since 2006 when President Felipe Calderon deployed over 6,500 Mexican soldiers to shut down drug traffickers throughout the country, the ensuing bloodshed has been devastating. Mexico has lost soldiers, civilians, and so many other precious lives in the process. In 2018, Mexico’s homicide rate reached a record high with over 33,000 homicides committed in one year.