New research reveals the puzzling finding that Mexico has offered greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer period of time than the United States. This can be explained by the wider separation of church and state in Mexican politics and the strong importance of human rights in new democracies. Major theories of comparative politics about the influence of social movements, religion, and the left would also predict more equal legal treatment of sexual minorities in the United States than in Mexico. Yet, our review of important gay rights legislation in the two countries shows the opposite. We find that this puzzling outcome exists when comparing national-level laws, but not in comparing subnational policy outcomes. In both countries, state governments have control over many important gay rights policies, and evidence from the state level supports theoretical expectations about social movements and left governments, but not religion.
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Luis Alberto Rojas Marin says he was arrested, beaten and raped by police in Peru because he is gay. At 26 years old, the Peruvian gay man was arrested by police officers while heading home shortly after midnight. Throughout the six hours he was in police custody, he says, he was stripped, raped with a baton and verbally abused by police officers before being let go. All of this, he says, because of his sexuality. Peruvian authorities investigated the incident and reported that Marin was taken into custody after neighbors reported unfamiliar people in the vicinity of the highway. The authorities also told the Organization of American States OAS , which has been looking into the allegations, that they conducted an extensive investigation and found no indication the acts described by Marin had occurred.
A Life of Fear for Gays / For homosexual men in Mexico, every day brings threat of danger
Two gay men were taken into custody by heavily armed policemen in Mexico for kissing on a public beach. Soon, more people gathered at the spot and demanded that the men be immediately released from custody. The pressure apparently worked. The police officers let the men go after having a brief dialogue with them, according to a report by The Yucatan Times.
The reality is even better. Any person who loves travel needs to visit Mexico, whether they are there to snorkel in the Caribbean Sea or wonder at the Maya temples. But with the traditional, Catholic influence still present in much of society, what is the situation for gay travellers in Mexico? As with any country we discuss, gay travellers should feel comfortable and confident travelling where they want. This guide aims to explain the situation with LGBT rights in Mexico so that any gay travellers have a good idea of the state of affairs before departure.