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Marriage equality and beyond

By Marty Minnich

This month, Colectivo 41, San Miguel’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth organization, is teaming up with Democrats Abroad for the event “Marriage Equality and Beyond—LGBT Rights in Mexico.” The San Miguel Democrats Abroad chapter is one of the largest and most active in the world, and Colectivo 41 is honored to collaborate with them for this event.

Marriage equality and beyond
To benefit Colectivo 41, San Miguel’s LGBT youth organization
Sun, Apr 27, 4pm
Gallery Kuntshaus
Santa Fé 22A
Colonia Allende
150 pesos

Last fall Colectivo 41 asked its members and supporters one question: What is equality for you in one word? Nicole Franco, a renowned Mexican-American photographer, documented the experience in a stunning collection of black and white photos that will be on exhibit for the first time at this event. The responses to the question are a collage of words and diverse faces: “Love,” “Freedom,” or simply “Everything.”

Marriage equality has exploded onto the political scene as the primary agenda item of the modern gay rights movement. Progress has been made in many countries around the world, and in Mexico, states continue to approve legislation allowing same-sex couples the right to wed. Yet, what is Mexico’s track record on LGBT rights? What other important issues exist in this growing civil rights movement? Why is San Miguel the place to help move things along? How can you help keep the momentum going?

Please join us on Sunday, April 27, at 4pm in the Gallery Kuntshaus located at Santa Fé 22A in Colonia Allende to see an array of exhibits that help answer these questions and testify to the rich, growing LGBT movement in Mexico and here in San Miguel de Allende.

The event will feature the Nicole Franco “Equality” photo exhibit as well as the LGBT Rights Historical Timeline project developed by Colectivo 41 youth members. Did you know that Frida Kahlo had a steamy relationship with the famous musician Chavela Vargas? Do you know the connotations of the number 41 in Mexican society? Come find out more! The evening will also include an art auction featuring the works of several renowned local artists, including Alejandra Mendoza, Edgardo Kerlegand, Nicole Franco, Federico Correa and more!

In January 2014, Colectivo 41 opened an LGBT community center and boasts a growing volunteer base of over 35 young leaders. We are a community-based and supported organization. Without our gay supporters and straight allies, progress would be an uphill battle. Come find out about our accomplishments, future plans and how you can get involved and support this important program. Cost is 150 pesos, and all proceeds will benefit LGBT programming at the new community center.


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