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04/19/2007


Mexico's First Gay Mayor, Benjamin Medrano, Takes Office

In July Towleroad reported that Benjamin Medrano, a 47-year-old singer and gay bar owner, had been elected Mayor of Fresnillo, a city in Mexico's northern Zacatecas region known for its machismo and drug violence.

MedranoSaid Medrano at the time: "I am going to be mayor of a township where there are 258 villages full of tough country people, who don't necessarily have much information on what's happening elsewhere, and have even less of an automatic sympathy with their gay mayor. But, it's not like I'm going to paint city hall pink, either."

Medrano was sworn in over the weekend, the BBC reports:

He posted a message on his Twitter account soon after the ceremony: "The time has come to listen to your demands and address your problems. I have a commitment with you".

Two of Mexico's biggest criminal organisations - Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel - have been fighting for control of drug trafficking routes leading north towards the American border.

Mr Medrano said the fact that he has no involvement with criminal organisations would enable him to do a good job for the people of Fresnillo.

"What matters the least for the people is who you may sleep with, what you do in your private life. What they want is good results from their politicians," he told BBC Mundo.


Mexican Lawmaker Asks Authorities to Ban Gay Weddings from Public Spaces

Rafael Mendoza, a lawmaker from the Mexican state of Colima, has asked authorities to ban gay weddings from public spaces to keep them from the eyes of children, the AP reports:

MendozaHe said Tuesday that society is not ready to watch gay weddings, saying the mothers didn't know what to tell their kids when the two men dressed in charro suits kissed.

"Parents are coming to me, to my house, to tell me they are against the city carrying out these weddings in public," Mendoza said. "I am not against these civil unions; the only thing is I don't want them in public."

A rival political group said it plans to file a human rights complaint this week charging Mendoza with discrimination. His own party, the Democratic Revolution Party, asked him to take back the comments, since the leftist party has championed gay marriages in Mexico.

Mendoza's request was in reaction to the marriage of an American man and a Mexican man in a city plaza. He is giving up his party leadership in the state congress over the remarks.


Mexican Bishop Raúl Vera: Homophobia is 'A Mental Illness' — VIDEO

Bishop Raul Vera

Ever since Pope Francis' message of tolerance towards LGBT Catholics and (people in general), members of the Catholic church have been divided as to precisely what it means for their faith and for the church. On the one hand, you have Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who quickly issued a rebuttal to the Pope's statement reaffirming that "homosexuality is still a sin". On the other, you have the likes of Mexican bishop Raúl Vera, who believes that homophobes are actually the depraved ones.  

LifeTeenDuring an interview posted Tuesday on YouTube, the bishop was asked to respond to the Pope's statement of "who am I to judge", which sent him off on a two and a half minute speech condemning religious-based homophobia. "They're human beings deserving of respect," he began, speaking of LGBT people. "I am certain that [God] knows because, in reality, it's many members of the Church who don't want to recognize the scientific reality on the issue of homosexuality." 

Bishop Vera subsequently gives a questionable explanation of the origins of homosexuality, claiming that homosexuality occurs when a person's "anatomy does not correspond with their hormones." While Vera may or may not have his facts straight in that regard, he does preach a message of acceptance, and faults members of the church who insist on excluding members of the LGBT community:

"One mother came to me and said that she was being watchful of her son because he was hanging out with 'those degenerate gays' and I said 'so blame yourself for it because that's the way your son developed in your womb and he didn't develop into a degenerate or a perverse person. He was born with a certain constitution you are trying to ignore. Calm down, you are the mother of that child and he began to be who he now is inside your womb. So the first one I'd kick out would be you because you are the perverse one who is first in line.' That's what I said...

"What does the Bible say? Why would I immediately think a gay or lesbian person is perverse or depraved the moment they approach me? That's how people who are homophobic react. It's a mental illness in which you see gays as depraved and promiscuous.  You have to be sick in the head for that."

This isn't Bishop Vera's first brush with LGBT rights advocacy. This past December, the Associated Press profiled Vera and his pro-LGBT stances in a piece last December. Vera has supported LGBT rights legislation before in Mexico, and was previously brought to the Vatican to explain an outreach program he helped organize for gay young people. He's even received death threats as a result of his activism. 

Watch the video clip (with translation annotations, courtesy of Blabbeando)... AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mexican Congresswoman Rejects Marriage Equality Because Gays Don't Face Each Other During Sex

Ana María Jiménez Ortiz
Ana María Jiménez Ortiz, a member of Mexico's PAN party, says that gays should not be allowed to marry because,

"A marriage should only be considered amongst people that can look at each other in the eye while having sexual intercourse. Something that does not happen in homosexual couples."

Ortiz continued with her flawed assumptions by citing the condemned Regnerus study as justification and then resorted to the classic fallbacks of claiming she made her arguments in a respectful manner and the overused “I’m sorry that my participation was taken out of context."

The criticism Ortiz received online was enough to force her to make her Twitter account private.


NEWS: Lohan's Interview, Gaga V. Perez, Hostages, Ambush In Egypt, Public Sex Boxes

Road During a post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan confessed to being an "addict", and blamed the start of her troubles on the success that she met immediately following the release of Mean GirlsLindsay Lohan

Road Conflict in Egypt continues to rage on as an ambush claimed the lives of 25 soldiers earlier today in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Road Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton took to Twitter yesterday in an apparent feud after Hilton allegedly tried to enter Gaga's apartment. 

Road Gaga also released the video to her new single, "Applause" today. 

Road The U.S. Navy released a guide for gay service members about same-sex partner benefits

Road Oscar Pistorius appeared in court earlier today and apparently wept during his hearing. His trial is set to begin on March 3rd. 

Road A hostage situation continues as an armed man keeps several people captive in the German city of Ingolstadt. Twitter Feud 

Road Ashton Kutcher's jOBS didn't seem to draw very many crowds this weekend. They were apparently too busy watching The Butler

Road At least 37 people were killed in Bihar, India when an express train crossed tracks at a remote station. 

Road Mexican authorities have captured the leader of a major drug cartel: Mario Ramirez Trevino. 

Road Alexander Skarsgard bared it all on last night's episode of True Blood (ALERT: link contains spoilers).  Prince-shares-breakfast-can-wait-cover-art-featuring-dave-chappelle1-400x400

Road Sen. Rand Paul, who has vowed a "government shutdown" as Obamacare laws take effect, confessed yesterday that he "doesn't think it's a good idea."

Road Prostitutes in Zurich will now be able to offer their services under the cover of private drive-in sex boxes

Road Apparently, Prince has no problem taking a joke...

Road Beyonce dares you to hate on her new hairstyle.

Road Nick Jonas is apparently putting his beefy bod to work for a good cause.

Road While Princess Diana has been dead for over a decade, conspiracy theories surrounding her death are still alive and well. 

Road Russell Simmons had no idea that a "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" might offend a few people.


Gay And Transgender Mexican Migrants Face Discrimination And Violence

Mexican Migrant Shelter

For Mexican migrants, traveling across the country is a dangerous proposition. Even the group with the lowest rate of violent incidents - heterosexual men staying in migrant shelters - still encounter violence 20% of the time, and the rates go up from there. Transgender migrants suffer from violence the worst, affecting a full third of those who stay in shelters, and over half of those that don't.

Those fortunate enough to not suffer violence may still face discrimination at the hands of shelter residents. A transgender migrant will be rejected by the men who will complain that s/he is a woman, and that same migrant will be rejected by the women who will complain that s/he is a man. Compounding the issue, many gay and trans migrants fear coming out due to this violence and discrimination, and so the safe zones that have been specially made for them go underutilized.

The Atlantic has the full story.


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