For transvestite men, one Mexico town is a safe haven.
The town of Juchitan, Oaxaca in southern Mexico is home to a growing number of gay and transvestite men (“Muxe”) simply looking for a safe place to be themselves. While the Muxe community in Juchitan is not generally discriminated against, same-sex couples are not generally a common site on the streets. It does seem that a number of mothers of a Muxes understand and accept this community, one in the video even saying she gave birth to a Muxe, something not likely heard in most Mexican communities, as the country is known for its regard of “Machismo”.
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