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“Lo que se ve no se pregunta”: Carlos Monsiváis, 1938-2010

Last Saturday, during Carlos Monsiváis’ wake at Museo de la Ciudad de México, a group of young people unfolded a gay flag and put it on the writer’s coffin. Someone tried to take it away, but the group insisted and placed it right between Mexico and UNAM flags. So far, only one journalist has talked [...]

Esteban Arce, an update

The homophobia displayed by Esteban Arce a few days ago motivated some Twitter users to officially protest against the TV host, demanding that Televisa take him off the air. The National Council to Prevent Discrimination  (CONPRED) is now in charge of this issue, based on 18 e-mails sent to that governmental agency, in particular the one [...]

An open letter from Jesusa Rodríguez and Lilina Felipe

Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe are a legendary couple in the history of Mexican culture and Mexican lesbianism. Rodríguez, a Mexican actress, playwright and social activist has a long career as an artist who experimented with opera, theater, cabaret, as well as other forms of popular theater such as a style of Mexican vaudeville called [...]

Mexico City tourism minister says: “We will be a gay friendly city.”

Mexico City tourism minister Alejandro Rojas is planning for the increase in gay tourism that he says will result from the city’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Last Wednesday La Jornada reported that Rojas is looking forward to the influx of capital that will result from gay-marriage-related tourism and calls for greater tolerance from [...]

Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage!

This just in from the Associated Press! The Mexico City local assembly voted today to allow same-sex marriage, 39 to 20. The city had already passed a domestic partnership (leyes de convivencia) bill in 2007, but that was considered a symbolic victory at best, since it provided no more rights to same-sex couples than those already [...]

Authentic Frida?

Frida Kahlo could be a scandalous woman during her life, and it seems that now, even decades after her death, a new scandal swirls around a collection of objects that may have been hers. The objects are interesting–or innocuous–enough: sketches, private letters, and clothing, but the question is whether this collection of over 1200 objects, [...]

Independence Day: Women of the War of Independence

Tonight, the annual celebrations begin for Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16th. President Calderón will symbolically reenact Father Hidalgo’s “Grito de Dolores” by ringing the original bell, now hanging above the Palacio Nacional, and shouting “Viva México” while half a million on-lookers celebrate in the Zócalo. I hope they don’t get caught in the rain. Tomorrow [...]

Responsible Tourism: Immigration Reform

Some readers might be wondering what being a responsible tourist has to do with the debate about immigration reform. Both tourism and immigration, however, are based on a certain freedom of movement, to travel, whether for a long weekend or for a lifetime, away from one’s “home country” in order to explore, to sight-see, to [...]

Homophobia in Mexico: Agustín Estrada Negrete

The worst nightmare for a queer person became reality for Professor Agustín Estrada Negrete last May 7th. He was arrested and beaten by the police in the State of Mexico, and then taken to the federal maximum security prison, Almoloya de Juárez, where he was sexually abused. Estrada Negrete’s story began a year ago, when [...]

“Lo que se ve no se pregunta”: Gloria Trevi

Very few people within Mexican pop culture deal with scandal like Gloria Trevi, or La Trevi, as many of her fans call her with some love. She first appeared on stage  as part of a group called “Boquitas Pintada” (Painted Little Mouths) when she was 15 years-old. The group was not successful, but La Trevi [...]