LGBT & friends “meet & greet” cocktail party
By Robert Conrow and Jamie Long
President Barack Obama surprised many during his second inaugural address when he focused on three pivotal civil rights events: Seneca Falls for women, Selma for African Americans and Stonewall for gays. Polls taken afterwards showed that a surprising number of people were unfamiliar with Stonewall, the police raid on a NY City gay bar that sparked the beginning of gay liberation in the US.
Benefit Cocktail Party
LBGT & Friends “Meet and Greet” cocktail party
Fri, Feb 15, 5:30-7pm
Club de Golf Malanquin
Fewer would know that Mexico had it’s own Stonewall type event known as “El Baile de los 41” that took place in 1901 in Mexico City when police raided a gay dance where many of the men were dressed as women. What most Mexicans do, in fact, know is that there is no 41st division in the military, often no room number 41 in a hotel and that some men don’t celebrate their 41st birthday for fear of being considered gay.
Learn about the the significance of “El Baile de los 41” and the exciting new work being done in San Miguel for young people who are gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders (“LGBT”) at a cocktail party benefit for CASA’s newest program, Colectivo 41. And, take the opportunity to help create San Miguel’s LGBT and Friends Community.
Meet author Michael Schuessler and learn why the title of his latest book is México se escribe con J (Mexico spelled with a J). A clue: the ‘J’ in his title stands for “jota”, a pejorative term for gays in Mexico today which originated in 1901 when the ‘J’ wing in one of Mexico City’s most notorious prisons held the 41 imprisoned men of “El Baile de los 41”.
Join us, and bring your friends, on Friday, February 15, from 5:30 -7pm at the elegant house and garden at Calle 67 Malaga, Club de Golf Malanquin. Suggested donation at the door 100 pesos. For further information contact Robert Conrow and Jamie Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 154-7183. We look forward to seeing you there.