- Title: LGBTI kiss-off marks IDAHOT in Mexico
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (MAY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF LGBTI COMMUNITY WALKING THROUGH ALAMEDA PARK WITH RAINBOW FLAGS MEMBERS OF LGBTI COMMUNITY WALKING THROUGH PARK TOWARDS PALACE OF FINE ARTS MEMBERS OF LGBTI COMMUNITY WITH RAINBOW FLAG AND SHIRT WITH RAINBOW COLOURS CROWD OF PROTESTERS GATHERED MEMBERS OF LGBTI COMMUNITY GATHERED ON GROUNDS OF PALACE OF FINE ARTS FOR KISS-OFF EXTERIOR OF PALACE OF FINE ARTS WITH LGBTI COMMUNITY GATHERED OUTSIDE MEMBERS OF LGBTI COMMUNITY COUNTING DOWN TO KISS-OFF DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED FOR START OF KISS-OFF DEMONSTRATORS KISSING DEMONSTRATORS KISSING AS THEY HOLD UP PLACARDS WITH THE MESSAGES "NO MORE HATE" (LEFT) AND "STOP HOMOPHOBIA" RIGHT DEMONSTRATORS KISSING WITH RAINBOW FLAG COLOURS CLOSE TO THEIR FACES DEMONSTRATORS KISSING WITH CROWD GATHERED AROUND SIGN THAT READS "FREE KISSES AND HUGS" DEMONSTRATORS KISSING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LGBTI ACTIVIST IDENTIFIED AS, CRISTO VAMPIRO, SAYING: "Our intention is to present ourselves to the government and tell them that we are people just like everyone else and that we will not continue on with hate crimes and crimes of homophobia, transphobia. In summary, so that there is no more violence." DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED OUTSIDE PALACE OF FINE ARTS DEMONSTRATORS APPLAUDING DEMONSTRATORS APPLAUDING AS ACTIVIST ADDRESSES CROWD (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LGBTI ACTIVIST, SALVADOR NUNEZ, SAYING: "I think we need to give a message of inclusion. We want to make the issue of diversity, tolerance and respectable a visible one. And so that the violence that is generated, all those conditions concerning inequality in the world, could diminish little by little." PROTESTERS STANDING UP AT FOUNTAIN AT PROTEST DEMONSTRATOR HOLDING UP POSTER THAT READS "I WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO THINK THAT BEING GAY IS BAD" DEMONSTRATORS CHEERING AS THEY ARE GATHERED FOR PROTEST
- Embargoed: 1st June 2017 02:14
- Keywords: LGBTI Palace of Fine Arts kiss off protest homophobia Mexico City Mexico IDAHOT
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HD5RNN
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- Story Text:Members of Mexico City's colourful LGBTI community marched on the capital's historic centre on Wednesday (May 17) to mark IDAHOT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia.
Gathered on the grounds of the iconic Palace of Fine Arts, activists counted down to a kiss-off to promote their message of inclusion and tolerance in the conservative Catholic country.
Mexico City is home to the most visible gay community in the country and couples freely express affection in many parts of the city. However, outside the capital attitudes differ sharply, with an impunity towards discrimination and reports of violence against homosexuals common, activists report.
In 2010, Mexico City pushed legislation to become the first Latin American capital to extend to same-sex couples the same marriage and adoption rights as heterosexuals. But nationally conservative states have fiercely opposed such moves in their regions.
Despite resistance, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed allowing same-sex marriage nationally. The country's Supreme Court has also ruled it unconstitutional for Mexican states to deny same-sex marriages.
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