Ask a Mexican

This week we asked: How has the heterosexual attitude towards homosexuals, and how has the gay movement progressed in Mexico over the years?

June is Gay Pride Month, and Mexico has come a long way in its attitude towards homosexuality. Querétaro, a city two hours north of Mexico City, hosted its first pride parade ever last week. And in Guadalajara, the governor walked in the pride parade waving a rainbow flag. Before him, the biggest political figure to march in a pride parade was the tourism secretary from Mexico City in 2011, so this was a big deal for the city.

Last year, the Mexican Supreme Court declared that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. In May, Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, announced a constitutional reform that would legalize same-sex marriage across Mexico.

askamex.JPGPenélope Villalobos, 34, librarian

I think things have gotten better for homosexuals, although there is still some discrimination in some areas, and a lot of hate. Some people still marginalize them, but the new generations are now more open to accepting homosexuals. I do think the movement has progressed, their human rights are being fought for now.

Fabian Rojas, 33, industrial maintenance technician

I believe things have changed for the better. There’s more tolerance and more acceptance, although more is still needed. We also need more unity; sometimes the heterosexual community pushes homosexuals away because they don’t understand. I am not too sure if the homosexual movement has progressed, but I do know that they are more organized with parades, institutions and campaigns. Social media has also been a big factor in changing the way heterosexuals interact with homosexuals.

Angel Fierro, 24, customer service agent

Homosexuals are being more accepted in society, little by little. There has been a lot of opposition, but in the last five years acceptance has grown faster. They have overcome a lot of obstacles, in many ways, but what comes to mind the most is marriage equality. Some time ago, homosexuals were perceived as an aberration, something that was repulsive.

Betsy Chan, 33, pastor

I think the acceptance is going from bad to worse: they are being discriminated against worse than before and even being humiliated. I do think the movement has gotten stronger; they have tried to be more integrated in society, but most people just look at what’s on the outside, overlooking their hearts and souls, and being violent and pushing them away.

Roberto Paredes, 56, realtor

Before, gays were closeted. Now, the younger generations are more accepting. My friends, who are my age, are mostly narrow-minded and a little bit rude. Not me though, I accept them and embrace homosexuals and their diversity. Of course, things have changed with time, and now there is not only gay, lesbian or bisexual, there’s pansexuals, asexuals, and a bunch of different denominations I do not know or understand. The movement has progressed to a point where they can now get married and in some countries adopt kids, which I think must be a huge win for them.

Saul Ulloa, 36, pastor

In society, acceptance has grown gradually. As a pastor, in terms of religion, it has been very complex because of the traditional concepts of homosexuality. It’s been rejected, criticized and judged as far as the religion goes. As far as the Lord’s word, the principle is that he does not make exceptions in people. As his people, everyone deserves love and respect. Society is more accepting than religion, because in a social aspect, people do not judge as much. The movement has accomplished many things, however, there is a certain amount of homosexual people who keep “defying” the “rules” by being extra exaggerated and showy, upsetting some traditional people.