LGBT Pride in Mexico City: Party or Politics?

Mexico City's LGBT pride festival keeps growing every year, and with the upcoming presidential election in July, this year was even more special.

Indeed, in the last few years the city has seen legal well as social advances for LGBT people. Gay couples have been legally allowed to marry and adopt children in Mexico City since 2010, despite opposition from conservative politicians and religious figures from more conservative regions of the country.

But a question that often arises, as Mexican LGBT advocate and GLAAD contributor Enrique Torre Molina discusses in an article published in a popular Mexico City-based entertainment magazine Chilango, is: should LGBT pride focus on partying or politics? Some think the parade should be a time to demand social change and protest discrimination, while others seek out pride events as a rare and safe space in which to be gay and celebrate. Mexico City’s challenges, of course, are the same we see in any country or city with a large and growing LGBT movement.

Media gravitates towards celebratory, sexy images that are a big part of the LGBT community, but GLAAD has always called on media to humanize and contextualize those images, not sensationalize them. In the end, Enrique Torre Molina says that LGBT pride has changed. It’s not what it used to be: it’s now about both partying and politics, it’s about celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community in diverse ways.

To read Enrique's article, click here.