At least 117 members of the LGBT community were murdered in Mexico in 2019 ‘because of their sexual orientation and gender identification’
- 117 members of the LGBT community were murdered in Mexico in 2019, the first year President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was in office
- According to Letra S, a gay rights organization in Mexico, the 2019 murder figures overshadowed the 2018 total by 27 percent
- Letra S said the victims were killed because of their sexual orientation
- A total of 441 LGBT persons have been murdered in Mexico in the past five years
- Recent data indicate that 26 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people were killed until April 30 this year
At least 117 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people were murdered in Mexico in 2019, the first year of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who saw a total of 34,582 murders in the country.
According to a report published by the gay rights organization Letra S, the murder rates of LGBT people in 2019 overshadowed the 2018 total by 27 percent.
“In the vast majority of cases, the victim’s sexual orientation and gender identity had something to do with the murders,” Letra S director Alejandro Brito said in an interview with EFE published Friday.
The report also found that 441 members of the LGBT community in Mexico have been murdered in the past five years.
In Mexico, at least 117 members of the LGBT community were murdered in 2019, an increase of 27 percent over the previous year. A total of 441 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been murdered in the past five years. November 11, 2018 file photo shows members of the LGBT community separated from a migrant caravan that traveled through Mexico
Alejandro Brito, director of Letra S, the gay rights organization in Mexico, said members of the country’s LGBT community have been targeted because of the victims’ “ sexual orientation and gender identity. ”
At least 26 gays, including 20 transgender women, were killed in the first four months of 2020. Among the other victims were two lesbians and four gay men.
“They try to live their lives in the most open and normal way possible, and this can awaken in certain sectors with a pronounced machismo, or fundamentalist, or refusal to publicly express sexual and gender diversity,” said Brito.
The report, released prior to International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, noted that 64 transgender women were killed last year. As many as 36 victims were identified as gay men.
Drag queen in wedding dress and rainbow umbrella during a 2018 LGBT + parade in Mexico City
Supporters [photographed above July 1, 2019] waving gay pride rainbow flags during a one-year-old demonstration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s election at Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square
Participants in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the states of Jalisco, Sonora, and Nuevo Leon competed in swimwear during the July 27, 2019 event in Mexico City
At least nine of the victims killed in 2019 were LGBT activists and six were public figures. Two migrants from Central America were also killed.
Brito said some murders could be linked to criminals prosecuting gay men and other suspects killing transsexual sex workers.
Brito added that innocent victims have been caught in the midst of disputes between entrepreneurs attacked by criminal organizations.
“We have also seen the number of LGBT people who are victims of organized crime grow, either because they work in LGBT bars and criminals get revenge for not paying [extortion fees), they come and massacre [them], he said.