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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

How Mexico Can Keep LGBT Rights On Track

05/18/2020 | Americas Quarterly

Mexico officially recognized the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia for the first time last year. On May 17, 2019, I spoke at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference on the progress Mexico has made supporting LGBT rights, and on all the work left to be done. A lot has happened since then. COVID-19 has largely put the LGBT agenda on hold. Gay pride parades and this year’s May 17 commemoration were pushed online. But while the LGBT community continues to view AMLO, as the president is known, with skepticism, the truth is that his time in office has coincided with unprecedented progress for LGBT rights. That progress can continue, both while we fight this pandemic and once things return to some kind of normal. To do that, it is important to recognize where the LGBT movement has been, what is yet to be done, and what to expect from the current government.

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