LGBT community demands its rights with massive Mexico City march


The Mexican LGBT community showed this Saturday how much it has advanced in demanding its rights with a huge march in the capital of a country where hate crimes against its members persist. Waving the rainbow flags of sexual diversity, around 65,000 people, many wearing colorful disguises, set out in the early afternoon from the Angel of Independence monument to the Plaza de la Constitucion, known as the Zocalo, in downtown Mexico City. Attorney Antonio Ramirez told EFE that the demonstration aims to “proclaim the rights of everyone, of every human being, not just of gays.” He thought the participation of different judicial associations supporting the march and raising “the gay flag, which represents sexual diversity internationally, tells us that little by little the community’s rights are being recognized.” Lucia, a 19-year-old student, said the progress made in recent years “is tremendous.” “The marches get bigger all the time, with more people coming out to support them,” the young woman said. As in other countries, the LGBTI Pride march commemorates the 50th anniversary of the clashes that followed police repression on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall gay bar in New York City.

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