México’s Gay Parade: A carnival of colour where the LGBT community celebrated along with family and friends
“Legislation without discrimination for the entire nation” was the slogan driving the 33rd Edition of the Gay Pride Parade held this past Saturday, June 25 in Mexico City. More than 50 thousand people joined in the LGBT community's celebration (though many of us would venture to say attendance was closer to 100 thousand), to demand equal rights, opportunities, and obligations for the community, the same as for any other citizen. Social networks, particularly Facebook and Twitter, played a critical role in spreading the word about the event.
Furthermore, the parade was a marvelous display of color and artistic expression, and was later joined by a strong contingent made up of the families, parents and friends of members of the gay community, who also came out to support the cause. The parade was kicked off at noon at the well-known Mexico City landmark, the âAngel de la Independencia' statue and closed off at the ZÃ³calo square, downtown. The march was also aimed at positioning Mexico City as one of the gay-friendly locations of the world, such as Sao Paulo, New York, or Sydney.
Mexico is indeed opening up to the issue, and the LGBT community is gaining greater visibility in all areas of society. On this occasion, the active participation of friends and family members was also a solid demonstration of the support and acceptance being experienced in Mexico.
Naturally, a long road still lies ahead, but for now, the great pleasure for me derives from having experienced this moment in the company of a large and strong community. It was a wonderful collage of social blending, as well as the blending of both urban and rural lifestyles. From the Osos (Bear) community and the lipstick lesbians to the enthusiastic heterosexuals supporting the transsexuals and bisexuals, this was a truly fantastic opportunity. And way beyond any label, the importance of it all comes from having joined efforts for a great cause, which always represents a window of hope for the challenges to come.