Fortunately, there are a few people in Nuevo León who are fighting to change the status quo. Pamela Guajardo, a trans-woman from Linares, and a sex educator, is one of them. Guajardo has launched a campaign to educate the inhabitants of the Citrus Region, an area which includes the cities of Allende, Montemorelos, Terán, Hualahuises and Rayones, all of them just south of Monterrey.
This is true (discrimination by Montemorelos officials), said Erika de Alejandro, Atmosfera's radio presenter. "Because the city offers jobs, and we have received anonymous complaints from people who said that they have been denied jobs because they' are not heterosexual. "We (government workers) should be the first ones to be educated about sexual diversity."
"People should have the freedom to choose what their sexual preference is on their own," said Guajardo. Secondly, she continued, they should get informed. Because he fact that they are not getting information is affecting heterosexual people as well, especially housewives who become ill because of their husbands infidelities."
Mexico's north is very conservative. Homophobia and stigma are common, as well as the words "faggot," "butterfly," or "whore'" when referring to gays or women. This needs to change. The treatment of the LGBT community by government and health officials (health care is provided by the government in México) has alienated them, and due to this many have died. People who think they have contracted HIV are too stigmatized to seek health care and they die, when HIV positive people in the United States can live a normal life. Also, women who do not know they are HIV-positive are also putting their babies at risk, when there is medicine to stop the infection.
|Aruba Williams, second from the right
Why should your neighbor be curious about your sexual orientation?, asked Pamela. Contact the Public Ministry, or myself if you are being harassed. Pamela will be on Atmosfera again this Friday, ad 1:30p.m., to talk about sexual diversity and to continue educating Nuevo León.
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