Pride 2023: When was the first LGBT march in Mexico and how many people attended?

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The LGBT demonstration in Mexico City has a long history dating back to the 1970s.

In June there have been several marches by LGBT+ communities throughout the country, while this Saturday the protest took place in Mexico City.

The demonstrations occur in this month of the year because on June 28 of each year the events in Stonewall, United States, are commemorated, when there were police raids on gay bars in the New York neighborhood. Fed up with the harassment from the authorities, in 1969, people clashed with the police force.

When was the first LGBT march in Mexico?

The first time that young people took to the streets to denounce the abuses suffered by the Mexican LGBT+ community was in 1978, on July 26.

In reality, it was a demonstration for the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in the Federal District (now Mexico City). A small group of gay men participated in it with banners that indicated Homosexual Pride.

The demonstrators carried signs and shouted slogans such as “There is no political freedom, if there is no sexual freedom!” and “Without sexual freedom there will be no social liberation!”.

The contingents of LGBT+ people in that year gathered around a thousand people on the streets of the capital.

This was not the only demonstration by people from the LGBT+ communities, but it was the first identified as such, according to data from the federal government.

Year after year, more people have been joining these demonstrations at the national level.

This year, in CDMX, it is estimated that up to 250,000 people attended, according to the head of the capital’s government, Martí Batres.

This year in Mexico City thousands of people came out to demonstrate against hate crimes and during criticism of the corporatization of the event.

The LGBT+ communities walked from the Angel of Independence this Saturday under the slogan “Freedom, justice and dignity! They will never erase us!”

Edith Olivares, executive director of Amnesty International Mexico, recalled on this day that many advances have been made, but many problems remain unresolved.

For example, there are pending issues in health issues such as the shortage of medicines for people living with HIV; as well as facing the challenges of people of sexual diversity who live with disabilities, people of color and those who live on the peripheries.

Source: El Financiero