How Queer Mexicans Are Mourning The Loss Of Jesús Ociel Baena

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11/20/2023

A demonstrator holds a picture of Jesús Ociel Baena in Mexico City on Nov. 13. The first openly nonbinary person to assume a judicial position in Mexico was found dead with their partner at home Monday in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes. Lastweek,Jesús Ociel Baena, the first openly nonbinary person to assume a judicial position in Mexico, and their partner were found dead in their home in Aguascalientes. Not long after they were discovered, Mexican officials were quick to jump to the conlusion that Baena’s partner had killed them in a so-called “crime of passion” before killing himself, per The New York Times. The state’s declaration that this was not a hate crime — reportedly before they completed a full investigation — infuriated many members of the queer community, especially since Baena had received multiple death threats in the recent past. In Mexico City, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand more information on Baena’s killing, which has hit a nerve in a country with a track record of not thoroughly investigating murders and violence against queer and trans people. In fact, Mexico remains the second most dangerous country for LGBTQ people in Latin America after Brazil, per the Times.

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