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The muxe community is under attack
"Muxes", wearing traditional Zapotec women's costumes - Photo: Carlos Jasso/REUTERS

The muxe community is under attack

17/02/2019
15:05
Roselia Chaca / Corresponsal
Mexico City
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This indigenous tradition has existed for centuries but it has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the LGBTQ movement

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A "muxe" is a man who dresses and behaves in ways associated with women. This indigenous tradition has existed for centuries but it has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the LGBTQ movement. The "muxes" come from Zapotec ancestry.

But in recent years, discrimination and hate have plagued Oaxaca.

On February 9, Óscar Cazorla López, an activist and a fierce fighter of the rights of the muxe community, was murdered at his home in Juchitán. For over 40 years, he fought for the rights of the muxe community and against a homophobic society.

According to the organization “Authentic Intrepids Danger Hunters” and the Deputy Attorney General's Office, at least 5 muxes have been murdered in the Isthmus of Oaxaca.

According to the files from the Deputy Attorney General's Office, the first case registered was Carlos Escobar Silva, from Tehuantepec, who was murdered by Ricardo Méndez Olivera. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter and fined MXN $134,669.

The second case is a muxe that was named as “NN” in the reports. He was murdered back in 2011.

The third case is Elvis Aníbal Santiago Medina Niza from Juchitán, Oaxaca, who was murdered on April 28, 2012; the accused, Jomás Pérez Hernández didn't face any charges and he is free.

The fourth case, Adán Sánchez López, was murdered on March 12, 2009, in Juchitán. No one was arrested for the murder.

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