Mexico City Gay Pride

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Mexico City has one of the largest, wildest and most fun Gay Pride events in Latin America. The fiesta in June draw millions to the streets of the capital to celebrate the pride and diversity of the large gay community. The marcha takes place June 23th starting at the Ángel de la Independencia, and ending with an all night party and different cultural activities in the Zocalo, the central square of the Mexican capital.

 Photo:  Soy Homosensual

The parade is a multicolored carnival, with slogans in favor of sexual diversity, music, allegorical cars, tourist buses and dozens of riders. Gay Pride, or LGBT pride, strives to make a positive impact on the lives of the LGBT population and creates awareness against discrimination and violence toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

 Photo:  Gay Pride León

But let’s take a look on how this event started. The first movement came at a time when society was considerably less accepting of LGBT people. Back in the 1970s the opinion was evenly split on whether homosexuality should be legal in the first place. That first protest march took place in New York City in 1970 in remembrance of the Stonewall Riots.

 Photo:  TNI

Photo: TNI

Through the 1960s, it was fairly common for police to raid gay and trans friendly bars. But in June 1969, LGBT patrons at the Stonewall Inn in New York City decided they had had enough and refused to cooperate with the police. When police tried to arrest and mistreated the bar’s customers and employees, four night of rioting started. Police and protesters were injured, and dozens were arrested. A year after the riots, the Christopher Street Liberation Day Umbrella Committee held the first Pride March. The knowledge and outrage of the Stonewall Riots gave LGBT advocates the momentum necessary to turn their cause into a true nationwide movement.

Today Pride Marches have become much more celebratory in nature over the decades, with more attendees, participants, and organizations, taking part each year in the events. So come with us and join the rainbow fun with your Latin brothers and sisters.

We are so happy to be part of IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association), and are also the only one in Mexico! so we are inviting you to join the celebration and support our brothers and sisters. The event takes place pretty close to La Palomilla so you can just take a walk from here and enjoy the party.

Enrique Garcia Salgado