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Merida’s LGBTQ+ community prepares for ‘greatest Pride event ever’

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Organizers of this year’s Mérida Pride march say it will be their biggest and best event ever. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida’s 2022 Pride march is scheduled to kick off Saturday, June 18. 

Formally billed as the Marcha de la Diversidad Sexual 2022, the event honors the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as to raise awareness of the challenges that still lay ahead. 

The march will begin 3 p.m. at the Monumento a la Patria and make its way to Mérida’s main square by 5 p.m.

After the march, there will be a series of concerts, catwalks, and other events with the aim of increasing the community’s visibility, and of course, having fun. 

The events are to be headlined by performers including Lorena Herrera, Trixie Star, Wendy Guevara, Caeli, and Kimberly La Más Preciosa. 

Also participating will be cast and crew members of the reality show “La Más Draga” (“The Most Drag”).

“We are so excited to be able to really go all out this year, it’s going to be an amazing time,” said event organizers on the event’s Facebook Page

Earlier: Yucatrans: Fighting for the rights of the transgender community

As is the case in several other countries, June is Pride Month across Mexico with large-scale events held in most major cities. 

In August 2021, Yucatán’s legislature voted to ratify a 2015 supreme court decision declaring that limiting marriage rights to straight couples was unconstitutional. 

The vote passed 20-five. Attempts to pass a measure to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry previously failed twice, most recently in 2019.

To date, 26 of Mexico’s 32 states have passed laws explicitly guaranteeing marriage equality. 

Notable holdouts include Mexico State, Tabasco and the conservative bastion that is Guanajuato. 

Though a great deal of progress has been made over the past few years regarding LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in Mexico, activists say there is still much work to be done — especially when it comes to the rights of transgender people. 

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