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Lynette and I got married on July 22, 2017, in Mexico City. A happy wedding brings responsibilities: we had the pleasure and the duty to attend the LGBTI march on June 23, 2018. It’s funny to have the right to get married in a country where you don’t have the right to vote. In Venezuela, we experienced exactly the opposite.

Chilangos and chilangas, as the people born in Mexico City are colloquially called, enjoy a freedom that might be insufficient for someand perhaps it isbut whose value is evident as soon as it’s lost. A couple of foreign middle-aged immigrants like us, who no longer march for LGBTI pride in their own country, know it well.

We rallied in “El Ángel,” as people call the Independence Monument in the Paseo de la Reforma, a beautiful and symbolic avenue in the city. Our feminist friends call it “La Ángela,” since it’s a woman with large wings representing victory.

LGBTI marches are a transnational phenomenon with a controversial script, in and out of the movements that organize them.

The crowd wasn’t angelic at all, but it was indeed victorious. LGBTI parades are a transnational phenomenon with a controversial script, in and out of the movements that organize them. They’re like a political carnival, a strange mix that make them a unique phenomenon within the context of human rights movements around the world.

The June 23 Pride in Mexico City was no exception.

We heard the usual American nightclub music, which translated into teasing movements of male bodies; pure muscle dressed in gala and high heels. Just like in Caracas, such figures are a sight for photographers and onlookers.

A boy and a girl no older than 11, watched the colorful costumes in awe, like someone who watches a funny cartoon in the middle of the street. They joined their mother, a lady who pushed a supermarket cart with a blue plastic bucket full of beers.

We saw the parade floats of large companies, like Uber or Google. But most importantly, we saw Los Vaqueros from Central Mexico; with their hats, boots, horses and the muxes from Oaxaca, a southern state. The muxes are born male, but take up a female identity and are integrated in their strictly traditional communities. They’re not considered a provocation to traditions because they’re part of them. They stood out from the crowd with their black hair, makeup and beautiful traditional, colorfully embroidered Oaxacan attires.

The muxes are born male, but take up a female identity and are integrated in their strictly traditional communities.

The kiosks handed out prints regarding the fight for LGBTI rights in Mexico and its 40 year anniversary. It caught our attention to see Christians who wanted to live homosexuality according to the values of their faith. A group of stern Mormon boys gave away explanatory leaflets. There were also men and women, students and teachers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Metropolitan Autonomous University, with signs about the political battles already won and left to win.

In the enormous Plaza de la Constitución, where a gigantic Mexico flag flows in the wind, the closing event awaited, with Fey as the main star. The LGBTI fun would be flanked by the regal Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, the federal government’s headquarters, and the City Hall Palace.

An astonishing amount of women were present. Some of them held signs about femicide, a tremendously serious problem in Mexico, or identified themselves with their militancy in political parties such as the Partido de la Revolución Democrática or MORENA, both left-wing but mutual rivals.

As far as Lynette and I could see, there were no male transgenders, or maybe they were modest, in contrast with the flamboyance of female transgenders. Lesbians and male transgenders usually attract less attention of the people or the media. However, Mexico City doesn’t have Caracas’ common puritanism.

The parade was well organized, with proper security and surveillance. The presence of the State bothers those who oppose the LGBTI march for religious reasons or worry about public funds.

Lynette and I felt happy and full amidst such a free crowd that turned the Paseo de la Reforma into a rainbow road. Democracy has its moments of glory, but also its moments of tragedy. Lynette and I remembered democracy could be lost.

Democracy has its moments of glory, but also its moments of tragedy. Lynette and I remembered democracy could be lost.

That day, an unexpected party awaited: Mexico beat South Korea in the Russia World Cup, so the team fans’ rallied in their usual spot, the Independence Monument, El Ángel o Ángela.

Mexico flags waved along with rainbow flags.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations on your marriage, Gisela!

    Marriage is hard work, but the payoff is awesome. The only advice I can offer anyone is “keep the communication going”.

  2. If you want to do something useful: why not a rainbow waving protest in front of the Venezuelan embassy? Or the LGBT community shaming Chavista enchufados abroad?

    Thus rather than showing pride in your sexual orientation, WHY NOT DO SOMETHING USEFUL AND SHOW PRIDE FOR YOUR COUNTRY!! Why not a Venezuelan pride parade against the dictator?

    All LGBTXYZ mumbo jumbo in most cases just boils down to a psychological case of narcissism: that is they love to paint themselves as a victim so they can bring attention to themselves.

  3. And it is quite obvious that many of the people at the pride parade support the left and voted for Obrador. So lets not celebrate this event as some “emancipatory space of freedom” or other bullshit you read in leftist academic journals or the liberal press.

    There is one thing and only thing only that we need to keep focus on: bringing freedom to Venezuela.

    This article is pure narcissism. Ooohhh whoopy, I got to go to the Zocolo and wave around rainbow flags, take a lot of selfies and hang out with a bunch of leftists whoopy!

  4. You now what? Enough about minorities crap. Love me some lesbians, especially if they happen to like engaging in threesomes, and they’re not too fat or old. But what about 99.84% of the rest of the clueless and starving populace?

    Heck, gays and transsexuals and all that have a voice in Finland or Sweden or Norway. In the civilized world. In Klepto-Narco Cubazuela and Africa, don’t waste our time. Focus on much more import matters than your rare and unusual sexual orientations. Again: Love Lesbians.

  5. On a more serious note: Do Chavista lesbians and transsexuals deserve to go to JAIL? You bet. PDVSA lesbians and gays and transsexuals should also be gathered at La Tumba. Because most of them are corrupt thieves, regardless of sexual orientation.

    Take care of them, ok?

  6. Jesus fucking Christ. CC is really desperate for stories. They’ll publish anything.

    Guess what? Who cares.

    I’m more concerned with infants and mothers dying in childbirth, and kids dying of malnutrition and lack of care and medicines. And CC prefers to publish about the rights of lesbians to scissor and lick pussy.

      • Meet Ira Bunker, Archie Bunker’s less intelligent, twice as virulent cousin twice removed, or is he also his uncle at the same time?

        Anyways, you get the picture. Must be cold in Boca Raton this time of year, he needs to keep warm somehow and typing here must be it.

  7. Thank you for this great story from a Venezuelan emigrant, showing one more human story of someone who had to leave their country and what it’s like on the other side.
    To the haters who say that LGBT writings are narcissistic and pointless, you’re always welcome not to read them of course. But consider that the original purpose of pride parades was just to give self-esteem and community to the people participating in them, since in many cases their families, churches, places of work, or governments have rejected them because of who they are. In many cases their family or countrymen have physically beat the crap out of them because of who they are. Perhaps you really can’t imagine how painful that is, and why there is a need for healing and a reversal of the shame and hiding that LGBT folks attempt at pride events… but calling them names like narcissistic and sending hateful comments probably does say more about you than it does about them.
    Anyway, to the author, thank you for this great human story. I come to caracas chronicles for many things including human interest stories like this one.

  8. I cut down reading CC the more left wing-undergrad they got, but I checked in today.

    Whoof! I got to read THIS article!

    Peace, out. No more CC for me and no more $ for CC from me.

  9. Imagine how easy it would be to facilitate peace in the region without Cuba meddling in other countries affairs. Cuba claims to support gays but jails and tortures them. Maduro and other Chavistas take their orders from Cuba. Time for a new Cuba and a thus new Latin America.

  10. There are comments that the constitution being drafted by the national constitution convention will include provisions that grant sexual excentrics of all colours the right to marriage thus making believe that its really a liberal constitution in tune with the most advanced postures of the west even while it deprives venezuelans or every other right or civil liberty, The recognition of rights to lesbians gays and the transexuals will be used to divert attention to what really matters to most venezuelans, the civic and basic human liberties now denied us ……. , they will be generous with the chicken feed while refusing people the substantive fare they need to sustain their craving for full personal and civic freedom .

    • If someone said you could not legally marry the person you loved, could not be recognized as a parent, could not walk down the street with your partner without receiving insults (like the ones in this comments section) or violence, I doubt you’d find yourself calling your concerns “chicken feed”.

      I think the better way to look at it is that that world – the world of abuse and denial of equal rights- is part of an authoritarian world view, where people do not have equal treatment under the law.

      That may sound outrageous to some who think: but everything was fine before Chavez! Rights and respect for these people is a luxury add-on!

      Are your rights a luxury add-on?

      Chavismo pretends to be allies with all sorts of people: the working class, indigenous people, patriots, women. Those postures are not grounds for those who oppose chavismo to hate those groups. Rather, when we use an association of certain groups with chavismo to insult those groups, it is a pretext to express what is in fact simply our own feelings about people who are different from us.

      Finally, if you can’t stomach treating LGBT folks as equally having the same rights you are entitled to, if it is a great burden to you to read about these concerns, consider this: if you want allies in your struggle against a dictatorship, your natural allies are people who understand being excluded in society and being treated differently under the law, for unjust reasons or out of pure hate. People opposed to chavismo (or Fidel, or Putin, et cetera) don’t have the luxury of insulting those natural allies.

      • “Finally, if you can’t stomach treating LGBT folks as equally having the same rights you are entitled to……….”

        Has anyone here actually said that? Not speaking for others, but I myself have never understood why some feel it necessary to define themselves, first and foremost, by their sexuality.

        I suspect that the main complaint here is rooted in politicial beliefs, that’s to say, most alphabet people likely fall left of center in their politicial views and are therefore actually considered part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution.

        I do agree though that an angry mob of drama queens storming Mira Flores would be a frightening experience for anyone.

        • Amen, well said MRubio.

          Identity politics is purely a Marxist sleight of hand where they could transform their ideology from class struggle, to one of oppressor/oppressed.

          Identity politics was the Marxist response to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in the West.

          Here we got the Foro de Sao Paulo in Latin America. In the West, the left consumes itself over identity politics defined over race, gender, sexual orientation.

          So the closet (or the out of the closet) lefties in the comment section here: our disgust is not over what you do in your bedroom; our disgust is how you created a generation of hypersensitive people who want to feel themselves as victims who deserve something and it is all wrapped up in this discourse of oppressor/oppressed so neatly packaged by post modernism and identity politics.

          We are doing nothing more than calling bullshit on another failed ideology.

          • Progressive Sociology 101, Lesson 1:
            There are two classifications of people in this world:
            (1) Straight White Men
            (2) Victims

        • A friend of mine has a couple of beautiful lesbian neighbors. They are young, fit and successful. For his birthday they gave him a Rolex. He thinks that they misunderstood him when they asked what he wanted for his birthday. He said “I wanna watch!”

          • A drunk is sitting at a bar and turns to ask the woman seated next to him if he could buy her a drink. He is undressing her with his eyes as he asks. The woman looks at him and says” No thank you, I am a lesbian.” “What’s a lesbian?” asks the man. The woman points at a beautiful blonde sitting at a table in the corner. ” See that blonde over there? I would love to tear her clothes off and ravage her naked body!” The man laughs and slaps the bar and exclaims loudly “Well hell I must be a lesbian too!”

          • The man laughs and slaps the bar and exclaims loudly “Well hell I must be a lesbian too!”

            For the version I heard, he was wearing a 10 gallon hat and cowboy boots and she told him all she could think about all day long was pussy.
            So the punch line was, “well dammit, I thought I was a cowboy but now I’ve learned I’m a lesbian”. LOL

        • ” Not speaking for others, but I myself have never understood why some feel it necessary to define themselves, first and foremost, by their sexuality.”

          I get why you wouldn’t understand it, but I don’t hold it against you. Let me share my point of view with you.

          When I was in highschool I had my group of friends I was (and still am) very close with, and a lot of acquaintances I considered were good people. I was buried deep in the closet at the time, denying my sexuality until I started having a crush with one of my friends.

          Due to a series of unfortunate events, my parents found out and my dad was ready to throw me off his house. I was 16. The reason he decided he didn’t want anything to do with me was my sexuality. He was ok with me up until he found out I may not be straight, I didn’t even know what my sexuality was at that point. In any case, I didn’t get thrown out because my mom stepped in, but both my sisters and my cousins that lived with us started treating me differently, solely because my sexuality. I was exactly the same person they knew 5 minutes ago, yet I wasn’t to them.

          When I slowly started to experiment more and come out of the closet on my own to my friends and acquaintances, i saw the same reaction I saw with my family. Gladly, my friends were totally ok and didn’t even bat an eyelash, but to others I was met with disgust and reject. I was still the same kid everyone knew, yet I wasn’t.

          The reason some of us chose to be “defined” (I’d chosen the words “introduced ourselves” or “represented”) by our sexualities is to make a statement. Yes, we’re gay. Or bi. Or trans. Or lesbians. But we’re people with capabilities and strengths and experiences. If you’re gonna treat us differently because of our sexualities or how we choose to express ourselves, you’re part of the problem. We’re not going away and we’re done hiding who we are and who we love.

          • Hi Gay Conservative, I think the whole stink here is not a debate about whether staying in the closet or coming out of the closet. Nor is it about the issue of gay pride parades or anything of the sort. I think most here are libertarians who dont give a shit about what goes on in the bedroom…yet we hate political correctness and like to be able to joke about this, have some fun about this, and not be hypersensitive and at each others throats (and gay conservatives are way more cool about this than libtard homosexuals)…We all know that people can be homophobic bullies, but in general things are more open now than what they used to be. So if you want to go out in the streets to celebrate this, you have every right to do so.

            As far as MRubios comment, I would just add that defining oneself solely by ones sexuality can easily fall into postmodern/Marxist trap of identity politics. It is better off defining yourself as a human being and being judged on the basis of how good of a human being you are rather than being judged on the basis of what groups you belong to. This is individualism vs collectivism, and a conservative or libertarian would easily spot this out.

            Case in point, Serena Williams: A) crybaby poor sport who wants to play the victim card as a way to justify her tantrum? or B) champion of womens rights who was cheated by a sexist umpire? We have reached the point in the culture wars that both the gay rights movement have achieved equality and could easily be doing their victory parade, yet vested interests in the culture wars want to keep pushing the victim hood narrative past the point that the movement no longer has any meaning– because it has become all too absurd when you put it in the hands of artsy farsty, loony leftists, guided by postmodern philosophers who are always trying to push the boundaries of “normativity”.

            All that said, this article is nothing more than a Venezuelan migrant going to a gay pride parade in Mexico. It says very little about what is actually going on in Venezuela other than critiquing the “heteronormative patriarchy” in Venezuela and celebrating this parade of difference in Mexico. As we say in Venezuela: it is a pressure cooker on the verge of exploding right now. That is what a blog dedicated to Venezuelan issues should be focusing on if it wants to remain relevant.

            So the issue at stake is relevancy, not throwing people back in the closet.

            That said, your taconazo idea is spot on!!!! Need all sectors of society out protesting against these scum.

          • Gay Conservative, your dad is/was an idiot. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

            And kudos to Guacharaca. He hit the nail on the head and I suggest you try to take his advice. Define yourself as the good human being you are…..conservative, hard-working, honest, helpful to others, and humble. Do that and those around you won’t give a rat’s ass if you’re gay, straight, or breed small animals in the privacy of your home.

          • “If you’re gonna treat us differently because of our sexualities or how we choose to express ourselves, you’re part of the problem.”

            Has it ever occurred to you that perhaps some people treat you “differently” because of the often used in-your-face approach of identifying yourself first and foremost for your sexuality?

            And just for the record, my personal observation after having lived much of my life in the US and a significant number of years here in Venezuela is that Venezuelans are generally more tolerant of alternate lifestyles than Americans……at least in the part of America where I was raised.

          • Guacharaca

            I agree with most of what you say, specially the “relevancy” point. While I don’t believe most gays identify themselves solely on their sexuality, I know they exist. They’re a problem. What I was talking about was how people here perceive us gays differently based only on our sexual orientation. It happens more than you know.

            MRubio

            My dad was a dick, yeah. He came around eventually, when he realized I’d live my life with or without him and he had to choose if he wanted to be a part of it.

            And I mean, same as I said to Guacharaca. I’d believe people don’t treat us different from The Straights if I, a straight-passing, fairly attractive, middle class college educated emaciated 26 y/o man wouldn’t have met strange looks at best and flat out insults (actual insults, not chalequeo criollo) and rejection at worst when sexuality is mentioned. I decided I wasn’t gonna hide anymore so, I say I’m gay if the subject rises.

            I think it’s mostly Caracas that’s “tolerant” of sexual diversity, honestly. All my gay friends in other cities and I share some common points in our personal stories, it’s mostly the capitalinos that don’t seem to have to deal with anything like that.

          • Hi Gay Conservative.

            At least you had a father who was around and provided you with a roof and three squares per day. Half the people in this world should be so lucky.

            Life is a bitch. Especially for teenagers and, I have no doubt, especially for a gay teen in Vz.

            But life is also beautiful. So count your blessings and go out and make something of yourself.

            You are a conservative and proud of it. That is a start.

  11. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in Klepto-Narco Cubazuela better start worrying about MOSQUITOS and MALARIA, for example, instead of their freaking weird sexual practices, which no one cares about. (unless it’s 2 hot, young Lesbos willing to experiment with straight guys).

  12. “There are comments that the constitution being drafted by the national constitution convention will include provisions that grant sexual excentrics of all colours the right to marriage thus making believe that its really a liberal constitution in tune with the most advanced postures of the west even while it deprives venezuelans or every other right or civil liberty, The recognition of rights to lesbians gays and the transexuals will be used to divert attention to what really matters to most venezuelans, the civic and basic human liberties now denied us ……. , they will be generous with the chicken feed while refusing people the substantive fare they need to sustain their craving for full personal and civic freedom .”

    Gotta love the fancy stuuff fromn Bill here.. Seems more concerned with form than meaning, but anyway, often fun to read. I like the “sexual excentrics” part here, (excentrics or eccentrics, same deviousness).

    Of course these are smoke screens, as directed by the bosses in Cuba. Pueblo-people hungry? Doesn’t matter. That’s what Cuba wanted. Part of the Master Plan of complete Cubanization of Klepto-Cubazuela. Let’s talk about gays or sex, instead of food, justice, crime and massive embezzlement. You know, because el “pueblo” is so dumb and ignorant, they might go for it. Let’s talk about sports, or guerra economica, or fake coups-d’etat, let’s talk about Clap crap and “calnet de la patria.”. Let’s keep the Zombie populace entertained. Pan y circo, nothing new. The Romans had the idea centuries ago: Feed the clueless populace some bread, and give’em some entertainment. While you continue the Castrista Brain Wash. Circus and Bread, LGBT circus, y clap. Y bastante corrupcion. Que se diviertan los zombies del pueblo, que roben mas y sean complices del regimen genocida, o que se vayan pa Peru o Colombia, a pie.

    Pan y circo pa los gays y LGBTs tambien, a ver si se olvidan de su propia ESCLAVITUD y complicidad en Klepto-Narco Cubazuela. Que la gozen!

  13. Question :if you are a person of sexually excentric habits and are allowed by the new constitution to marry would you say thats a great constitution even if it denies all other freedoms and rights to all venezuelans …..?? they will include the new rights because it will make them look liberal even if the constitution is meant to establish a system of servitude in all other respects …….its that a correct reading of this new constitution ???
    they give sexual excentrics what they want (1%of the population or less) but deny all others their most basic rights , how should we judge this constitution…??

  14. This week, I choose to identify as an 86yr old gay black man. I get more free stuff this week, only.

    Then the following week, I become a 64yr old south East Asian grandmother for the purposes of getting free medical.

    Then I will go back to being a mixed mutt until I apply for a new job, at which point I am again a 1/4 Sioux and 1/4 Chippewa an 1/2 game hen. There is a “guy walls into a bar” joke about this I am still working out the punchline… Stay tuned

  15. Let’s say I was born with the complete heterogametic package, including a pecker, but at age six identify as a girl. Then at puberty I find out that I like boys. Am I now a lesbian transexual (LT)? Or have I gone full-circle back to being a normal boy?

    if, indeed, I am special (an LT), where exactly does that place me on the Affirmative Action list?

  16. Is this the comments section of CC, or Breibart? I am always surprised at the lack of tolerance to homosexual views in the CC comments section, even from those who apparently live in the US and should have a more open mind. Sad.

    • Know what, Nyzolano? I don’t see that much “lack of tolerance of homosexual views” in the above comments.

      But don’t let that stop you from getting all sanctimonious and sad.

    • Some of the comments here echo Nazi propaganda. The idea that gays are sexually deviant, sex obsessed seducers, and are associated with dangerous left wing ideas, were the pretexts on which many were rounded up, tortured and sometimes executed. And in some countries that goes on to this day.

      North America has seen a lot of progress, but the radical right, under the banner of publications like Breitbart, want to make LGBT folks the focus of their culture war. It is sick.

  17. LGBT(etc.) my aa.hole

    I’m tired of these people who I hope remain minority but let me propose this so all the minorities are represented: name a president woman but LGBT, of that same religion of OBL. Additionally ”it” must be short, fat, black, latino and must miss a leg. Did I get it right for progressives? I vote for ”it” during the upcoming midterm elections – just name it.

    Thanks

  18. Don’t you have other ”problems” in Venezuela? I’ve heard you carry the great life with only $350/month. I’m considering returning one day, my ashes I mean so they are spread on Plaza Bolivar.

  19. Pepe don’t make me call your wife again! You will be in big trouble if she finds out you are posting on CC again. Take your meds and go to bed.

  20. Victims always occupy the moral high ground ……to glamorize ones victimhood and to disdain and disparage all who dont CELEBRATE it is one way of infaming ones infatuation with one self ………, victims get to glamorize their contempts and hatreds viscerally boosting their moral superiority and self conceit …….!!

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