The first lesbian-gay museum in Mexico will be in Motul, Yucatán

After some legal advances in favour of sexual diversity in Mexico in recent times, the first Gay-Lesbian Museum of the country will be created in Motul, in the state of Yucatan.

In Yucatan there will be the first museum dedicated to sexual diversity in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @MuseoMyT)
In Yucatan there will be the first museum dedicated to sexual diversity in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @MuseoMyT)

This was confirmed by Mayor Roger Aguilar Arroyo, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who called the project an unprecedented event.

The mayor explained that it is the response to the demands of the LGBTTTI community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transvestite, transgender, intersexual) in the search for the visibility of the collective, in a country where crimes of homophobia continue to exist.

"I have talked with all of them and they have asked me to do the Lesbian-Gay Community Museum and it is going to be done in the City of Motul," the mayor said in a video circulating on social networks.

Aguilar Arroyo explained that the project of the Museum of sexual diversity will be developed within a couple of months.

However, local media reported that residents of the municipality of Motul are unhappy with the announcement and took it as an "occurrence" of their governor.

In the Memory and Tolerance Museum located in the Historic Center of Mexico City, an exhibition on identity, love and sexuality was presented in 2018 to sensitize visitors about diversity.

Linda Atach, director of temporary exhibitions at the museum, said a year ago to El Universal that it was an "unprecedented" exhibition of such dimensions, with which they hoped to generate "knowledge, it is important because a large part of the intolerance and lack of respect towards the diversity that is lived is through ignorance ".

The exhibition showed the genealogy of the human being experience but also had a timeline on the presence of the gay community over time, conducted by the researcher Laura Vélez.

According to Vélez, what was seen in the exhibition was the "tip of the iceberg," she told the newspaper El Universal. "Sexual diversity is born with humanity itself, we have some paintings from Africa that account for it thousands of years before Christ, that there were already homosexual practices, we also have the Nuttall Codex, of pre-Hispanic origin, which refers to sexual diversity in Mesoamerica and that accounts for transvestism, for example. "

Currently, according to a report by the International Association ILGA, homosexual relations are penalized in 69 countries of the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations.

Mexico City leads the statistics of hate crimes. "From January 2013 to December 2017, at least 381 LGBT people, or perceived as such, were murdered in Mexico," according to data from the organization Letra S Sida, Cultura y Vida Cotidiana A.C.

Trans women are the most affected, with 209 murders, 55% of cases. Gay men are followed with 158 murders, 41% of the records. The average age of the victims was 35 years.