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Transgender people are in danger

There are vulnerable sectors in the country, such as transgender people, who deserve more attention and the protection of their human rights
Transgender people are in danger
The LGBTQIA community deserves respect - Photo: Jair Cabrera/EL UNIVERSAL
15/10/2018
08:58
Mexico City
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Just because a person is different that doesn't mean they have to suffer violence, or even die. But that's what's happening with transgender people.

Today, EL UNIVERSAL is presenting the story of violence and death that besieges them, precisely because of their condition. The Victim Attention Executive Commission has registered that the violence they suffer includes physical aggression, rape, sexual harassment, and death threats.

Since 2011, the culture of protection and respect towards the human rights of those who inhabit Mexico is protected by the Constitution.

This year's reform aim was to place the person as the purpose of the government's actions. Since then, the authority has four specific obligations: promote, respect, protect, and guarantee human rights.

Although this principle is not always fulfilled and it's going through a consolidation process, the fact that it was recognized in the Constitution has made a difference.

The last paragraph of the Article 1 has become essential to motivate a tolerant society to establish the prohibition of “discrimination based on ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disabilities, social condition, health conditions, religion, opinions, sexual preferences, civil status, or any other condition.” Several social groups have seen the strengthening of their human rights, although some have benefited more than others.

The situation transgender people are going through is not easy, as the parents are usually the first to reject, punish, discriminate, and repress those who have discovered their true identity. The lack of orientation and understanding that prevails in society contributes to this.

In one of the stories published in this newspaper, two twins tell how, during their childhood, when they discovered their identity, their classmates and their neighbors said they had “the devil inside.”

There's no exact number of the murder of transgender people, but international organizations place Mexico in the second place in homicides, just behind Brazil.

There are vulnerable sectors in the country, such as transgender people, who deserve more attention and the protection of their human rights. The constitution is on their side.

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