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Mexican Dykes Out for Visibility
For the first time ever in Latin America, lesbians are planning to take to the streets en masse.

By Ana Simo


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FEBRUARY 18, 2003. For the first time ever in Latin America, lesbians are planning to take to the streets en masse. At 4 p.m. on March 21, 2003, the First Lesbian March Mexico 2003 will kick off at the Monument to the Revolution, the symbolic heart of Mexico's revolutionary tradition.

By marching from there to the Zócalo, the capital's huge central plaza, hundreds of dykes will add their own chapter to Mexico's history.

"We want to demonstrate as lesbians in a way that's public, relevant, and freeing, and celebrates our independence and diversity," say the organizers, a mix of independent activists and representatives of nine different Mexican lesbian groups.

"For us, the Lesbian March is an important show of visibility because it aims at smashing stereotypes and prejudices," they add.

It will also offer participants an opportunity to "come to terms, proudly, with an out lesbian identity, openly facing society."

Mexico's Lesbian March is not only the first in the history of Mexico and Latin America, but also the first worldwide this year.

The already traditional Dyke Marches that have been taking place for over a decade in many cities in the U.S., Canada, Sweden and elsewhere, generally take place in June, around Pride.


From the Web

First Lesbian March Mexico 2003 website (Spanish only).


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