Gay Guide

Mexico
Pink Star Rating

8

Capital

Mexico City

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Guadalajara, Ciudad Netzahualcoyotl , Monterrey, Puebla, Leon, Juarez, Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Acapulco

Scene and Culture

Whilst Mexico is a large Catholic Latin country with a predominantly macho culture there have been some big improvements on gay rights in last few years. Homosexuality is legal in Mexico, anti-discrimination law passed and large gay communities exist in the big cities and tourist centres like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Cancun, Puero Vallarta and Acapulco. In recent years Mexican society has been showing new signs of tolerance toward homosexuals, but that there is still a long way to go before the government provides greater legal protections and recognizes homosexual couples. There are several groups and organisations and a number of publications are printed. The gay scene here is quite liberal and probably one of the best in Latin America making Mexico a good choice for gay and lesbian holidaymakers.

Gay Age of Consent

Legal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Legal

Legal Notes

Since 1998 the penal code does not discriminate on sexual orientation. In 1999 Penal Code Article 281 was passed prohibiting discrimination based on amongst other things sexual orientation with a penalty of one to three years in prison and/or a fine. The law also prohibits provocation or incitement of hate or violence, and bans bias in employment and public accommodations and services. Further anti-discrimination measures were passed in 2003 by the Federal Government.

There are still reports of harassment, abuse and even murder of homosexuals and transvestites with the authorities reluctant to properly investigate such crimes and the public being indifferent. There is still a lot of institutional homophobia in Mexico as well as social hostility which needs to be tackled.

Population

100.35 million

Currency

Peso Mex$

Climate

Mexico is has a tropical and temperate climate depending on altitude, winds and cool Pacific Ocean currents. Because it is high, temperatures are not as steamy as you would expect for the latitude particularly inland. You can visit anytime but if you plan to stay on the coast you should avoid June to October.

A tropical climate is experienced along the coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula and the lower areas of southern Mexico while a temperate climate is experienced in areas with an elevation higher than 900 metres. Most of Mexico is dry with about 14% of the land area receiving adequate rainfall in all seasons. During summer and autumn both the east and west coasts are subject to hurricanes. Average temperature ranges in Mexico City are from 6c to 19c in January to 12c to 26c in May.

Acapulco
Mexico City
Nationwide info
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