What’s Next for Mexico City’s LGBTI Agenda?
It is a clear fact that in Mexico City the LGBTI community has achieved significant rights. By the end of 2009, same sex marriages were approved in the nation's capital and later the right to adoption was also attained. So what's next?
Recently, several organizations from the LGBTI community, among them the Circuito de Diversidad Sexual MÃ©xico organization, extended an invitation to meet with the PRD's political candidate for Mexico City's Head of Government, Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera, to discuss some of the most pressing issues for our community. It is worth noting that Dr. Mancera and the PRD political party have very high chances of winning the upcoming elections, as the city has been an overwhelming PRD bastion ever since it started having its own electoral process. Another issue worth noting is that this political party – along with Mexico's thriving LGBTI community– has been a pillar for all the achievements the community has recently obtained.
A number of issues were set forth, from the need for a health system targeted to LGBTI community members, to support for the creation of homes for the elderly. Other issues were also discussed, including bullying in schools, particularly for children of homoparental families, and the need to continue the fight against discrimination and homophobia through education and denunciation.
In my opinion, the strongest proposal set forth was that of the creation of a National Institute for Sexual Diversity, to institutionalize LGBTI community affairs, and one that would enable addressing the community's very particular needs, from health related issues to civil and criminal issues, in addition to other topics such as employment and bioethics.
The candidate spoke to the LGBTI community stating that all of these achievements need to permeate every government action to confer the agenda a more macro viewpoint that will help consolidate and expand what has been obtained until now.
Dr. Mancera said, “there is no going back for Mexico City, from now on, we can only move ahead, but with order. We live in a city with liberties that go beyond ideas, we see the facts.” He also spoke of the recent creation of a specialized agency within the city police department to serve LGBTI community needs, with agents who belong to the community, to help with justice, support and education.
As always, there is much to be done, but the future holds plenty of promise. We will be paying close attention to Dr. Mancera's specific proposals to further the LGBTI agenda in my beloved Mexico City.