Meeting of gay and bisexual activists in Chiapas for a national agenda

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This weekend, more than 70 activists from 25 states of the Republic gathered in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, for the National Meeting for the Gay and Bisexual Rights Platform 2024-2030, a historic event that seeks to form a unified agenda for the defense and promotion of the rights of the gay and bisexual community, both cis and trans, in Mexico.

The meeting, which took place at the Hotel Catedral San Cristóbal de las Casas, featured the participation of prominent figures of LGBTQ+ activism such as Simón Cazal, Secretary General of the Gay Latino Network, and other activists and experts, such as Polo Gómez, from Condomóvil . It focused on critical issues such as health, employment, education, political participation, justice, culture, and the rights of indigenous and migrant populations, among others.

Participants worked at thematic tables, discussing strategies and establishing concrete proposals, all in a collaborative effort to confront the barriers imposed by patriarchy, machismo, colonialism and racism that continue to violate the community. In addition, the importance of influencing the political platforms of the candidates for the 2024 elections was highlighted.

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The event was also a platform for the presentation of the book “Curiosity killed the male” by Russell Manzo and concluded with the first National March for the Dignity and Memory of Sexual and Gender Diversity in Mexico.

This meeting marked a significant step towards a more equal and fair 2024, laying the foundations for an agenda that reflects the needs and rights of gay and bisexual men in Mexico. The energy and determination was palpable, demonstrating that, through unity and collective action, challenges can be overcome to create a more inclusive and respectful society.

In addition to the work tables and discussion panels, the meeting was a showcase for sharing personal and collective experiences. Activists from across the country shared their stories, challenges and triumphs in the fight for equal rights. These narratives not only strengthened the sense of community among participants, but also underscored the urgency of the cause and the need for tangible change in Mexican society.

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One of the key goals of the event was the creation of the Mexico Gay and Bisexual Men's Rights Agenda 2024-2030, a strategic document that seeks to guide public policies and civil society initiatives in the coming years. This agenda, built from the consensus and contribution of all those present, is a call to action for the country's political, social and cultural leaders, emphasizing the need to advance on issues of equality and non-discrimination, access to health , inclusive education, security and justice for all.

The weather in San Cristóbal de las Casas, although mild and rainy, did not dampen the spirit of the participants. Instead, the inclement weather served as a reminder that, despite obstacles, resilience and solidarity can carry a community through any challenge. The organizers and participants adapted and carried out the planned activities with enthusiasm and determination.

The culmination of the event was the march for the dignity and memory of sexual and gender diversity, a powerful demonstration of the solidarity and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. Citizens of San Cristóbal and participants of the meeting marched together, reaffirming their commitment to fight for a society in which everyone is treated with equality and respect.

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As participants said goodbye to San Cristóbal de las Casas, the feeling of hope was tangible. Although everyone recognized that there is still much work to do, the meeting served as a catalyst for future actions and collaborations. The bonds formed and strategies developed this weekend will not only remain in the memories of those who were present, but are also expected to resonate throughout Mexico as the country moves toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

During the National Meeting for the Gay and Bisexual Rights Platform, crucial topics were addressed that reflect the challenges and needs of the gay and bisexual community in Mexico. Here are the featured topics:

Health: They focused on the importance of universal access to health services, including the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, as well as the promotion of sexual and mental health within the gay and bisexual community.

Employment: They discussed disparities in employment opportunities, the need for inclusive and discrimination-free work environments, and the promotion of equality policies in hiring and employment.

Education: The need for educational programs that promote tolerance and inclusion, the importance of comprehensive sexual education, and the fight against homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools were highlighted.

Political participation and representation: We analyzed how to increase the representation of gay and bisexual people in public and political positions, and how to involve this community in the political process to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are protected.

Security and justice: They addressed topics such as the increase in hate crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community, the need for legal systems that adequately protect victims of these crimes, and equal access to justice.

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Sports: Inclusion in sports was discussed, combating discrimination and promoting the participation of gay and bisexual people in sporting events at all levels.

Culture: Cultural representation was emphasized, promoting the visibility of gays and bisexuals in the media, arts and popular culture, and combating negative stereotypes.

Migrants: Specific challenges faced by gay and bisexual migrants were discussed, including access to services, legal protection and discrimination.

Indigenous: The intersection of identities and the additional challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community in indigenous peoples were recognized, promoting respect for cultural and sexual diversity within these communities.

Each of these topics was explored through workshops, discussion panels, and presentations, with the aim of formulating strategies and recommendations that will be incorporated into the Gay and Bisexual Men's Rights Agenda for 2024-2030.

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