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LGBTQ community protests homophobia at Six Flags Mexico

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
A couple takes part in the kissathon outside Mexico City’s Six Flags theme park. Photo: Courtesy

Earlier this week, a gay couple was kicked out of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Mexico City in an act of alleged homophobia. 

According to the couple, they have been kissing and embracing when park security asked them to leave. 

The couple and their friends took to Twitter to denounce the act and soon the theme park’s social media accounts became full of accusations of homophobia and discrimination, as well as a call for boycotts. 

The park attempted to defend their positions by arguing that they were merely trying to keep a “family atmosphere” for their guests, but this strategy quickly backfired.

In protest, yesterday a large group of LGBTQ activists staged a kissathon outside of the theme park to call them out for their homophobia.

Earlier: Tulum police to gay couple: You can’t kiss here

Protestors call out Six Flags in Mexico City for kicking out a gay couple for showing affection. Photo: Courtesy

Six Flags yesterday issued a press statement that they would be reversing their existing policies and that the park would be open to people of any sexual preference or gender identity, regardless of whether or not they choose to show affection to their partners. 

Despite the apology and policy reversal, authorities in Mexico City said in a press statement that they are opening an investigation into the case, “discrimination of any form is completely unacceptable.” 

Discrimination against same-sex couples is still fairly common in Mexico, despite recent advancements such as the legalization of marriage equality in most states, including Yucatán, and most recently Guanajuato. 

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, more commonly known as Six Flags or as Six Flags Theme Parks, is an American amusement park corporation, headquartered in Arlington, Texas. It has several parks in the United States and Canada, as well as two in Mexico — one in Mexico City and another in the state of Morelos.

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