Mexico City talks about LGBT phobias at World Forum on Cities of Peace

April 21, 2017
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During the panel on phobias towards the LGBTTTI community at the “World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace”, held in Madrid, Spain, the president of the Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination in Mexico City, Jacqueline L’Hoist Tapia, stressed that CDMX has established itself as an inclusive city of respect, equal treatment and non-discrimination towards people of sexual and gender diversity.

She asserted that, in the hands of Organized Civil Society, local government promotes actions that have turned the country’s capital into a city of freedoms and rights where homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia and biphobia are recognized as discriminatory behavior and, therefore, are crimes.

“Our laws, our public policies, institutions, programs in development and protocols, have earned us the name of LGBTTTI Friendly City,” L’Hoist Tapia said.

In her participation, along with representatives from four continents, she stated that the advances in public policies allowed CDMX to be the first non-European city to join the Rainbow Cities Network, in addition, allowed to consolidate the Latin American Network of Rainbow Cities, coordinated by Mexico City.

The capital of the country protects the rights of diverse families, equal adoption, the choice of the order of surnames of newborn children, as well as the change of gender identity through an administrative procedure for adults over 18 years old, initiative promoted by Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa.

The city counts on the Specialized Clinic Condesa, that provides hormonal treatment to trans people and the city has recognizes same-sex marriage for 7 years and is the only entity in the country that has a council to address discrimination.

The rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transvestite and Intersexual people have been defended in Mexico City, in the face of opposition that seek to have the rights annulled, the official said.

She stressed that we all have the right to decide who to love, with whom to form a family and choose their gender identity. Therefore, “the career in the recognition of the Human Rights of LGBTTTI people is already unstoppable, because in an inclusive city and rights, we fit all people.”

The World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace takes place from April 19-21 in Madrid, Spain and is conceived as a meeting place between local leaders, international organizations and networks, academia, NGOs and civil society to open a joint process of debate, reflection and construction of solutions that promote urban environments capable of eliminating expressions of violence and promoting a culture of peace.





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