Continuity ensured for Mexico City’s LGBT Community!

July 26, 2012

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Miguel Ángel Mancera, left-wing candidate for head of the Mexico City government, is to succeed outgoing Marcelo Ebrard in the post. After a wide majority vote cast in his favor –reaching nearly 63%– Dr. Mancera becomes the city's fourth consecutive city mayor to come from the leftist political party since 1997. In fact 1997 was the year when it was established that the Head of Mexico City's government should be elected by city residents, rather than hand picked by the country's president.

Upon confirming his lead, Mancera had reached a record number of votes, the highest ever achieved by a left-wing candidate in Mexico City government elections, with a lead of some 40 points over the runner up, PRI candidate Beatriz Paredes.

Separately, on the national scene, the lead went to front-runner PRI candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto followed in second place by the candidate for the leftist coalition, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who in the past also served as Mexico City Head of Government.

Miguel Angel Mancera has declared his plans are to seek continuity of the work carried out by Ebrard and his predecessors. Several months ago he met with Mexico City's LGBT community to take a closer look into their particular needs and proposals. During this event he pledged not to take a step back on the progress achieved to date by the capital city of Mexico, progress that has placed it at the forefront and as one of the most avant garde locations in the world, in terms of human rights and development for the LGBT community. It is worth recalling that towards the end of 2009, same sex marriage was approved in the Mexican capital city and later, the right to adoption was also obtained.

Still, much remains to be done, especially given that today Mexico City continues to be the only location in the country that has secured these privileges. The rest of Mexico continues to lag behind, held up in backwardness and discrimination against the LGBT community.