The LGBT community in Oaxaca, Mexico, is outraged after 17 men falsely identified themselves as transgender women to stand for the upcoming local elections on July 11. Mexican media reported that various political parties registered men claiming to be transgender women to stand in the upcoming elections for local positions because they were unable to find female candidates. Thirteen out of the 17 candidates belonged to the Coalicion Por Oaxaca (Coalition for Oaxaca), according to Mexican news website proceso.com.mx. "In none of the cases reviewed is there a public self-addressing. They didn't even say: we're gay," said Amaranta Gomez, a member of the Muxes community, during a press conference to denounce the fraud. The 17 men faked being a transgender woman in order to benefit from the gender quota granted by law. As a result of the scandal, their nominations have been cancelled as a precautionary measure.
At a press conference at the William Way LGBT Center on Tuesday, advocates announced that the ACLU of PA and the law firm of DLA Piper LLP have filed a legal complaint in federal district court against the unlawful detention of Jose “Ivan” Noe Nuñez Martinez, husband of U.S. citizen Paul Frame, who was arrested Jan. 31 during a routine interview at the USCIS office in Philadelphia. Nuñez Martinez came to the U.S. 18 years ago, having suffered persecution as a gay man in his hometown of Michoacán, Mexico and living in fear after a gay friend of his was murdered. After his arrival in the U.S., he worked full-time at an auto body repair shop and married Paul Frame, a U.S. citizen, in April 2016. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the middle of what the couple thought would be a routine interview at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Philadelphia on Jan. 31 of this year for the Petition for Alien Relative that Frame had filed.