Mexico No. 2 in LatAm in hate crimes vs. LGBT community despite legal progress

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05/17/2023

Mexico City, May 17 (EFE).- Mexico is commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia as Latin America’s No. 2 country in terms of hate crimes despite legal advances recognizing same-sex marriage, gender identity and the criminalization of discrimination. Sexual minorities suffered 305 reported violent acts motivated by hate between 2019 and 2022, including murders, disappearances, attempted murders and suicides, according to The National Observatory of Hate Crimes Against LGBTI+ Persons in Mexico. In 2022 alone, the Observatory documented 22 disappearances and 62 murders, attacks and suicides, with the majority of the victims being people between 25-29 years of age, trans women and homosexual men. But for each documented case there are three others that are not counted, said Ximena Manriquez, the coordinator of the Observatory, which is an initiative of the Rainbow Foundation.

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