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Participants in the gay parade, Mexico City, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI haven't noticed any problem with LGBT acceptance in Mexico. There are areas in Guadalajara and bigger areas in Puerto Vallarta where they have higher concentrations of LGBT residents. For example, the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta has a lot of gay bars and LGBT acceptance is not a problem with the community and the city. 
 
There's also a certain area in downtown Mexico City where there are a lot of LGBT residents. 
 
There are areas in the US where the LGBT community is more accepted than in other areas. It's hard to say whether the LGBT community is more accepted in Mexico than in the US.
 
(Participants in the gay parade, Mexico City, Mexico, pictured.)
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 Conchas Chinas, (Puerto Vallarta) – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe LGBT community in Mexico is very well accepted. Same sex marriage is legal in Mexico, which started in Mexico City first a couple of years ago. Mexico is much more progressive than the US when it comes to LGBT acceptance. As far as I can see, we have so few issues that it's almost to the point of being overlooked as not an issue. 
 
Puerto Vallarta has a large gay population. I have no idea how that came to be, but it may be because Puerto Vallarta is an accessible, inexpensive, and affordable beach resort that's three hours from Los Angles, Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Visiting Puerto Vallarta is not like flying to Hawaii and staying at The Royal Hawaiian, even 10 years ago, for US $400 a night. 
 
You can stay in a beautiful villa in Puerto Vallarta for about $150 a night if the villa is rented out by the room and that's with an en suite bathtub. There are restaurants and bars in Puerto Vallarta that have catered to gays here for more than 30 years. Although you see large LGBT communities at areas in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta has been the most accessible over time.
 
(Pictured: Conchas Chinas, (Puerto Vallarta))
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The bandstand in Ajijic Plaza, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingPerhaps there's some persecution of anybody who's different than the norm in certain parts of Mexico. However, in our own community here in Chapala and Ajijic, there are a lot of gays and lesbians who are accepted as part of our group and we're all friends. There haven’t been any issues I've been aware of within the local and expat community in Chapala and Ajijic regarding LGBT group. I see a lot of gay Mexican kids out in the streets who are not judged by their friends and they all hang out together.  
 
(Pictured: The bandstand in Ajijic Plaza, Ajijic, Mexico.)
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Painting by German Mexican Artist Ernesto Bbutterlin, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI want to start from local and then we’ll go from there.
 
Ajijic is recognized as a lesbian and gay community. There are a lot of gays and lesbians in Ajijic. There is a lot of acceptance in Ajijic because gays, transvestites, and transsexuals walk in Ajijic in their local areas. So there’s not a lot of discrimination unless they pursue a straight person, in which case maybe the local people sometimes can be aggressive. But as long as any lesbian or any gay do not try to have a date with a person that they don’t know there is not aggressiveness. Other than that, in Ajijic it’s very, very respectful. 
 
Around the lake they say that Ajijic is the capital of the gay and the lesbian community.  This is true not only of the foreigners but a lot of natives from other towns around the lake.  Sometimes there are jokes among the local people around the lake that we say that we import a lot of gays in Ajijic. 
 
Chapala is more conservative and not as open as in Ajijic. In Ajijic you see transvestites. There is even a contest for the Gay Queen for Ajijic and when it’s the Carnival, you can see in the parade a lot of gays who dress like a woman or lesbians. So it’s very, very open. If you go to Jocotepec or the other towns, they are more conservative; it’s not as open as in Ajijic.
 
Talking about Mexico, there was a lot of criticism because the federal government had approved a law that gays and lesbians can get married. 
 
One of the biggest gay and lesbian parades is in Guadalajara. It’s really huge in Mexico. There is another in Mexico City that is big but the most representative is in Guadalajara. Guadalajara is known in all Mexico to be the capital of the gay and lesbians, too. There are a lot of gay bars and lesbian bars. A lot of restaurants are specific for that market. There is a lot of nightlife for that market too.
 
Little by little Mexico is getting more respectful but, of course, there are different opinions. My suggestion is for any gay or lesbian, if they don’t know what is the preference of the person, do not pursue.  Make sure that the other person is also gay or lesbian because some Mexicans can be very aggressive. There is kind of like a cultural thing that we have in Mexico: you don’t mess with me, I don’t mess with you. That is a good tip to avoid conflict or a fight.  
 
The rest of Mexico more conservative. The state of Jalisco is known within Mexico as having the most gays and lesbians of any of the others states within Mexico, not that most of the people are gay. 
 
Besides Mexico City, Guadalajara, Vallarta, and Ajijic are the three places where there is more acceptance.  The majority of the concentration of gays and lesbians comes to Guadalajara because there is more acceptance and they come from other states where it’s more difficult for them to be free. In Guadalajara sometimes you can see gays or lesbians kissing.
 
(Pictured: 1949 painting by German-Mexican gay artist Linares-- Ernesto Butterlin-- Ajijic, Mexico.)
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LGBT pride parade, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen I first thought of Mexico, my thoughts of it were of a place where macho people live and gays and lesbians wouldn’t be allowed and would be frowned upon. That was my illusion of Mexico before I got here.
 
Now, my perception is the exact opposite because I found that it is no big deal whatsoever. There is a large group of gay and lesbian expats who live in Celestún, Merida, Progreso, etc. and the people very well accept them. (All these places are in the state of Yucatan, in the Yucatan Peninsula.)  There is no bias towards them or at least a lot less compared to places like the Canada or the US. I have never seen any place in Mexico that has any issue with gays or lesbians. Mexico is very gay friendly.
 
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Yes and Yes!
 
Gay march in Cancun – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico overall has a gay community.   In the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum have gay expats as well as locals.  They have a vibrant and very open community and acceptance from the locals.
 
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Marchers at the 2009 Gay Pride Parade, Zona Rosa, Mexico City, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico City is without doubt on the leading edge of advancing LGBT rights!  Mexico City is its own state, the Distrito Federal (just like Washington DC), and has been enacting laws to protect and support its LGBT community for many years.  Same-sex couples have been able to adopt children and form civil unions in DF for some time - more recently, marriage has become available to same-sex couples as well.  Transgender people have been able to legally change their gender for about 10 years, and recently an amendment to the law made it possible to change gender without requiring medical documentation or psychological evaluation.  Additionally, the government of DF (Distrito Federal; Mexico City) runs a number of programs to support LGBT communities and promote awareness.  The Zona Rosa neighborhood is perhaps the most famous "gay zone" in the city, and is the hub of the LGBT and LGBT-friendly business and cultural community.  The annual Pride Parade is massive and not to be missed!
 
That said, Mexico remains a conservative country more generally, and the protections that the LGBT community has in DF are not always available in other areas, especially outside of larger cities.  There have been instances in the past few years of same-sex couples being denied the right to marry even in states where it is legal.  The good news is that recently the Supreme Court upheld the rights of same-sex couples by redefining "marriage" to include the possibility of same-sex unions.  In Mexico, as in the rest of the world, attitudes will - and are - changing!
 
(Marchers at the 2009 Gay Pride Parade, Zona Rosa, Mexico City, Mexico, pictured.)
 
 
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Gay Mexican football team – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico is pretty open-minded even though it’s Catholic and quite religious in some aspects. I’m not part of the LGBT community, so I don’t have any personal experiences to draw from but from what I see and among my friends, colleagues, the magazines, and the media I don’t see any type prejudice specifically against the gay or lesbian community.
 
I believe that there are even a lot of vacation packages that are LGBT friendly. Especially in Mexico City, in the bigger areas, it’s pretty wide open.  They have their own community and they’re doing fine.
 
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Men dressing as women at party in Oaxaca, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe acceptance of the LGBT community differs from one part of Mexico to another. In Mexico City, the acceptance of LGBT is advanced. They recently had a gay parade at the city center where they also changed the color of the fountain pink.
 
Here in Oaxaca City, since it is a traditional city, the LGBT community is slowly being accepted. You will see more gay people in the city center but the traditional families still find it difficult to see their daughter or son walking hand in hand with someone of the same sex, but in general, the LGBT community is much more accepted now than before. If you are gay or lesbian, and you move to Oaxaca, you will have a good time living here without any discrimination. But if you come from a Mexican family, your family might still find it difficult to accept.  
 
(Men wearing a feminine mask and wigs and dressing as women for a party in Oaxaca, Mexico, pictured.)

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