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Mexican Gays to Gather in Vera Cruz

Mexican Gays Meet in Sonora

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Mexican Gays to Gather in Vera Cruz

mexicogay2.jpg - 11.99 K Gay and lesbian activists from the Mexican states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Yucatan and Quintana Roo will gather in Veracruz July 16-18 for the First Southeast Gay/Lesbian Conference.

They hope to "exchange ideas, plans and projects as well as promote gay-pride gatherings in other regions," said spokesman Juan Carvajal.

"The idea is to divide the republic into five regions and stage pride gatherings in each place and then have a national conference where all the proposals would lead to action and at the same time create an organization of gay/lesbian activist groups," he said.

The Veracruz meeting will not be open to HIV or sexual-education organizations.

"We are only inviting groups or persons who are openly gay and proud of it, demonstrating it with work in defense of human rights, dignity and gay pride," Carvajal said.

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Mexican Gays Meet in Sonora

Thirty gay activists from the Mexican states of Baja California, Sonora, Veracruz and Sinaloa gathered in the small town of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, last month for the Sixth Northwest Mexico Gay/Lesbian Conference.

"The central objective was to promote the northwest Mexican gay/lesbian communication and solidarity network by exchanging information, ideas and experiences among the top leaders and supporters of the gay/lesbian and transgender movement of the region," said participant Alejandro Garcia of Tijuana.

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The conference created nine goals, including, "promoting the idea of gay pride as a dignified and necessary life expression," assisting gay movements elsewhere in Mexico, increasing lesbian participation, and organizing marches or other gay pride events throughout the northwest region.

Attendees denounced the National AIDS Commission and the state AIDS commissions for their "lack of interest ... in the homo/bisexual population, for not running information/prevention campaigns focused on the population of men who have sex with men."

The next conference will be November 19-21, 2000, in Hermosillo, capital of Sonora.

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