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ACT LGBT Association of Commerce & Tourism

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

The LGBT Civil Association of Commerce and Tourism is an influential legal coalition representing the interests of Puerto Vallarta LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses and independent professionals to promote economic growth in both public and private sectors.

ACT LGBT A.C. is a nonprofit, non-political group comprised of professionals and entrepreneurs, both Mexican national and foreign residents, who are committed to their work and recognized for their business experience in the Puerto Vallarta LGBT community. One of the main objectives is to have an active voice in decisions taken by city and government authorities.


In March 2013, the LGBT Civil Association of Commerce and Tourism was formed by a group of interested professionals and entrepreneurs looking for ways to promote Puerto Vallarta nationally and internationally. In January 2014, it officially became a civil association.

The mission of ACT LGBT A.C. is to promote and defend the interests of the LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta and support the growth of its membership by upholding values such as fairness, independent thought and action, and proactivity.


• Provide a platform that supports the development of LGBT businesses.
• Improve the image of the LGBT community within the Puerto Vallarta business community.
• Educate and work with companies and local authorities to create opportunities around the city.
• Create strategies to strengthen the positioning of Puerto Vallarta as a world class LGBT tourism destination.
• Improve the Puerto Vallarta LGBT visitor experience by promoting excellence in service standards.


"To promote and defend the interests of the Puerto Vallarta LGBT business community and support the growth of its membership."

Born from the dedication of many gay and lesbian professionals, the main mission of the association is to encourage the economic capabilities of all its members, taking advantage of their connections both here in Mexican and abroad, and allowing the LGBT community and the community at large to maximize business opportunities nationally and internationally. As such, the association attracts and works with business leaders, entrepreneurs, freelancers, businesses, community leaders, and more.

Also, ACT LGBT A.C. advocates on behalf of the gay community, representing their economic interests and societal issues. It is a place for engaged businesses and individuals to actively participate in shaping the economy and society of Puerto Vallarta.

Committees and Task Forces:

Comprised of members of ACT LGBT A.C., the committees are responsible for identifying issues of importance to the organization and assisting in developing strategic plans to address them. The Committees and Task Forces implement sound policies and channels of communication to support members in government and city issues as well as educating members on new and emerging technologies, the rights of workers, trade or other matters of importance to the LGBT community.

Policies and Priorities:

• ACT LGBT A.C. is committed to diversity and seeking member input to develop policies and identify priorities.
• ACT LGBT A.C. is national advocate on behalf of LGBT professionals and entrepreneurs, acting as a platform for companies with a desire to expand the financial opportunities of the community through economic growth, continuous innovation and equality.
• ACT LGBT A.C. is a clearinghouse of ideas and information for businesses and organizations.
• ACT LGBT A.C. works closely with state and regional associations as well as businesses to achieve collaborative success for the region.

Because this nonprofit organization is free from political ties, objectivity is ensured in regard to local, regional, state or national social and economic issues. This freedom of thought allows for collaboration between the association and government officials, agencies and other groups.

"We want to emphasize that it is not necessary to be a gay business owner to be an ACT LGBT member. Our partnership is ideal for networking events, meeting other business owners and exchanging ideas and solutions."

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 131

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Gay PV Magazine

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Discrimination has long caused travel anxiety for demographics underserved by the travel industry. Historically, travelers looked to their respective tribes for intel, but the burgeoning friend economy may be reshaping that concept.

Hong Kong Awarded 2022 Gay Games After Defeating Mexico and the United States


Hong Kong has been named as the first Asian city to host the Gay Games after being awarded the 2022 event, seeing off strong competition from the United States and Mexico.

Gay Mexicans Fight for Right to Marry in Documentary ’No Dress Code Required’


Cristina Herrera Borquez’s Spanish-language film follows Mexicali beauty salon owners Víctor and Fernando as they defy their local government in an attempt to become the first same-sex couple to marry in the Mexican state of Baja California, where same-sex marriage is illegal.

Celebrity Cruises First to Offer Same-Sex Weddings


On Wednesday’s National Coming Out Day, the LGBTQ+ community learned of a new wedding venue where they can celebrate their nuptials - Celebrity Cruises’ fleet of ships.

‘Chavela’ Documentary Profiles Mexico’s Iconic Female Ranchera Singer


When American filmmaker Catherine Gund met Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas in 1991, both women were at major crossroads in their lives.

FIFA Just Fined Mexico for the Tenth Time Due to the ’Puto’ Chant


Just when you thought it was all over, the Mexican “puto” chant controversy has once again reared its ugly head.

US v Mexico on UN Rights Council Resolution Against Death Penalty for Same-Sex Relations

Washington Blade

The U.S. has voted against a Mexico-sponsored U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.

Transgender Supermodel Carmen Carrera Fights Inequality in Latin America

Disruption Mag

When Carrera first gained fame on a reality TV series, she identified as a gay male. Now, five years later, she’s married. She’s a step-mother to two young girls. And, most significantly, her body also matches her soul.

Latin America Transgender Rights Movement Seeks Advances in Spite of Setbacks

Washington Blade

Advocates have celebrated a number of legislative and political advances in the region in spite of persistent violence and discrimination based on gender identity.

The City Hardest Hit by Mexico’s Earthquake Is a Sexually Liberated Matriarchy

The Washington Post

The magnitude 8.1 quake was felt across the country’s Pacific coast. One of the places that has suffered most is Juchitan in the state of Oaxaca. Juchitan plays a special role in Mexico. The city of 100,000 is home to the country’s indigenous Zapotec people, who run a matriarchal society.

La 72 Is First Shelter in Mexico to Cater to the Needs of LGBTI Refugees


An unusual shelter for migrants and refugees near the Guatemalan border in southeast Mexico is providing a discrimination-free place of safety for LGBTI refugees fleeing violence and homophobia in Central America.

Denied in Mexico, Latin Gays, Transsexuals Seek Asylum, Demand Freedom in US

Waging Nonviolence

The first wave of a "Trans-Gay Caravan" from Latin America arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border this week, where 16 gays and transsexuals asked for asylum and immediate freedom to go anywhere inside the United States.

Looking for a Fight: Transgender Boxer Born a Woman, Fighting as a Man

The Los Angeles Times

Pat Manuel once tried out for the US Olympic Woman’s Boxing team, then came out as transgender and began transitioning to being a man, but still a boxer.

Top Court in Mexico Allows Same-Sex Marriage in Puebla State

Agence France-Presse

Puebla joined the states of Coahuila, Campeche, Jalisco, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit and Quintana Roo, along with Mexico City, as jurisdictions where same-sex marriages are now legal in mostly Catholic Mexico.

Here’s Your Debrief on Last Week’s Disastrous News for LGBT Rights

LGBTQ Nation

Every week, LGBTQ Nation correspondent Matt Baume brings us a debrief of all the top LGBT news and, boy, was this a depressing week to have his job.

CDMX Expands Program to Recognize ’Juridical and Legal Certainty’ in Gender Identity

Deutsche Welle

Scores of trans people have received birth certificates recognizing their genders in Mexico City. They were the first to have their genders acknowledged by authorities as part of the capital’s new program.

Transphobic ’Freedom of Speech’ Bus Met with Protest on Its Visit to Guadalajara


After being forced out of the United States by LGBT activists, the anti-trans “Freedom of Speech” bus has made its way to Mexico, where it’s been - once again - met with protest.

’If You Touch One of Us, You Touch All of Us’: Creating a Safe Space for Women in Mexico City


In Mexico City, all is not calm. The women of Punto Gozadera, a lesbian feminist restaurant and cultural space, are raging. Six women are murdered in Mexico every day, and lesbian and transgender women say they are targets.

The LGBT Movement Is Strong and Won’t Stop, Say Organizers of CDMX Gay Pride Parade

El Universal

The LGBTTTI movement is getting stronger every day and the Gay Pride Parade is a demonstration to tell the Mexican government and society that the community is growing every day.

85-Year-Old Mexican Transgender Woman Dreams of Opening LGBT Retirement Home

Agencia EFE

A Mexican trans woman says she is planning to open her country’s first retirement home for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Here’s a Great Way to Explain the LGBTQ Rights Movement to Kids

HuffPost Queer Voices

The history of the LGBTQ movement can be a hard thing to grasp - even for adults - but a new video is helping to break down the basics for children.

CONAPRED Launches National Campaign to Prevent Homophobia and Promote Inclusion

The Yucatan Times

The National Council for Preventing Discrimination launched a national campaign to combat prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual collectives and recognize the value of inclusion.

Old Obstacles in Mexico Hinder the New Concept of Fatherhood

Agencia EFE

Mexico, which celebrated Father’s Day this Sunday, is more and more open to the new roles that fathers must play in the family – but the machismo, the wage gap and the lack of specific policies are slowing its development.

Most Countries Score an F on LGBT Worldwide Human Rights Report Card

The Conversation

Our research gives most countries in the world a failing grade in LGBTQ rights, reflecting widespread persecution of sexual minorities. Only one country in 10 actively protects the human rights of sexual minorities.

The Babadook Is Being Hailed as an Unlikely Gay Icon for Pride Month

Wochit News

Jennifer Kent’s ’The Babadook’ as a gay icon is along the lines of Cher and Judy Garland and is obviously super tongue-in-cheek but that doesn’t stop people from showing images of the monster as a gay hero due to gay pride month in June.

Guadalajara to Host One of the Top Gay Pride Parades


Guadalajara Pride will see more than 60,000 people turn out for this year’s celebrations, which will be extra special given the recent announcement that Guadalajara has been shortlisted to host the 2022 Gay Games XI.

Mexico City: One City, Two Governments Bitterly Opposed on Gay Rights

Unicorn Booty

It’s a city is known for its lively queer culture. Foreign travelers even come here to get married. But despite what you might expect, that glitter and gay rights don’t extend very far - not even to all of Mexico City.

CentAms Forced to Flee to Mexico for Being LGBT

Doctors Without Borders

After arriving on foot to Mexico, Marisol decided against taking “La Bestia” cargo train North because it was too dangerous for a solo female traveler. Instead, she decided to file for asylum.

LGBT Travel Market Growing Beyond Puerto Vallarta

Travel Agent Central

About 10 to 15 years ago, Puerto Vallarta was considered the LGBT mecca of Mexico and is still often described as the “gay capital of Mexico.” But in the last few years, other Mexico destinations have come around to this lucrative and loyal market.

More Than 200 Members of LGBT Community Killed in Mexico Over Three-Year Period

Agencia EFE

At least 202 murders of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community occurred between 2014 and 2016 in Mexico, a rate of nearly six homicides per month, with female trans individuals bearing the brunt of the violence.

Researchers Remove HIV Infection Code from Mice Using Gene Editing Technology

LGBTQ Nation

Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they were successfully able to remove HIV from two mice by snipping the infection’s code from their DNA.

Why Cabo San Lucas Is the New Kind of Gay Hotspot


You could use a break, and we know just the place - a place where warm beaches, ridiculously good food, and beautiful resorts culminate in an unparalleled vacation destination.

Behind the Mask: Third Gender Defies Image of Macho Mexico in a Zapotec Community

The image of biologically male people dancing while dressed in the traditional, colorful attire of Juchiteca females stands in sharp contrast to the prevailing view of Mexico as the land of charros, machismo, and unbridled ranchero masculinity.

New York City Gay Men's Chorus Teams Up with Mexico to Say, 'Screw Walls'

Unicorn Booty

In the spirit of inclusion, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus will be featuring Mexico City’s gay men’s chorus at its annual spring show.

Gay Tourism to Cuba Is Improving Queer Life in the Imperfect Paradise

Unicorn Booty

Ever since the Obama Administration defrosted America’s relationship with Cuba in 2015, LGBTQ tourists have begun flocking to the sunny island nation to experience its sandy beaches, tropical valleys and old city districts filled with Spanish-French colonial architecture.

US Federal Court Says Gays in Mexico Still Vulnerable to Persecution

The Associated Press

A federal appeals court says increasing social acceptance of gays in Mexico does not make them less vulnerable to persecution.

US Roll-Back of Transgender Rights Causes Scare Felt Around the World

Associated Press

As Donald Trump and U.S. courts seek to make transgender use of toilets an American battleground in schools, the more progressive corners of Europe and Latin America are shaking their heads in bewilderment.

Moving Ad Campaign Encourages LGBTQ Couples to Keep Holding Hands

LGBTQ Nation

One advertising campaign is encouraging LGBTQ people to remain steadfast in their love and press on, even when safety isn’t certain.

Watch the Anti-LGBTQ Bullying Video That Got a Teacher Suspended

The Huffington Post

A North Carolina teacher was suspended from her job after parents were reportedly angered by an anti-LGBTQ bullying film she played for students.

Indigenous Muxes Are Mexico's Ancient 'Third Gender'


This beautiful short documentary by Ivan Olita delves into a unique identity in Juchitan, Mexico: a third gender known as muxes.

Homophobia Up in Mexico After Gay Marriage Push by President Enrique Pena Nieto: NGO

Agence France-Presse

Homophobia has surged in Mexico since president Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in May, a gay rights group said, reporting 26 hate-fueled murders this year.

Doc on Couple's Fight for Gay Marriage Captures the Challenges of LGBT Mexicans


Anyone looking for a primer on the fight for marriage equality in Mexico need not look further than Cristina Herrera Borquez’s debut film 'No Dress Code Required.'

How 23 Countries Feel About Transgender Rights


To get a sense of global attitudes on transgender rights, BuzzFeed News and the polling firm Ipsos partnered with UCLA Law School’s Williams Institute to conduct a first-of-its-kind survey of 23 nations asking about everything from bathroom access to sex reassignment surgery.

Rare Glimpse Into Cuba's Reclusive LGTB Collective

Metro UK

It’s well documented that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community have suffered abysmally and been subject to endless discrimination around the world. In Cuba the community were ostracized from the very beginning of the Cuban revolution in 1959.

Transgender People in Mexico Resort to Dangerous Unsupervised Procedures

GPJ Mexico

Self-administered hormones, fillers and other chemicals aimed at body modification are often the causes of the primary health problems for Latin America's transgender population.

Gay Couples Fight Stiff Backlash Against Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico

The Guardian

Despite a string of court rulings in their favor, gay rights activists now fear that opponents of marriage equality could slow further reforms – or even roll back some of the progress they have achieved.

Vatican Insists Gays Cannot Enter Catholic Priesthood

Agence France-Presse

A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published this week stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.

These Mexican Children Were Denied Access to School Because of Same-Sex Parents


Siblings in Mexico have been turned away from three different schools because their parents are same-gender. The couple is fighting back.

In Mexico City, a Community Rallies in Wake of Two Horrifying Trans Murders


Two high-profile deaths of transgender sex workers have sparked ongoing protests in Mexico City, where LGBTQ rights have made slow and unsteady progress. VICE speaks to organizers and demonstrators on the street.

Refugees Are in Urgent Need of Protection from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Amnesty International

There is an urgent need for governments around the world to provide better protection for women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees, who face appalling levels of sexual and gender based violence at every stage of their journeys.

PRD Congressman to Revive Promotion of Same-Sex Marriage Initiative

El Universal

The vice-president of the Lower Chamber, Alejandro Ojeda, announced that the Democratic Revolution Party will present a new project promoting same-sex marriage in the next ordinary term.

17th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Commemorated Around the World


November is Transgender Awareness Month and today, November 20, marks the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Thousands will be coming together to commemorate the lives of transgender lives lost.

Mexico's a Dreamland for Same-Sex Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

Miami Herald

Having embraced and courted the LGBT leisure traveler over the past decade, the various tourism boards throughout Mexico, along with hoteliers, business owners and tour operators are now turning their focus to the small, but growing, same-sex destination wedding market.

Latin America Is the Most Deadly Region for Transgender Communities

Equal Times

Six of the ten countries with the most murders of trans people are in Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and Guatemala. Argentina is in eleventh place.

Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage Proves Mexico Still Has Much to be Learned


Despite the fact that same-sex marriage was legalized in Mexico City in 2009 - the first city in Latin America to do so - rejection by the Mexican Congress presents a step backward in our fight for tolerance.

'Mala Mala' Sheds Light on the Lives of Trans Women

The Mary Sue

The documentary Mala Mala, which spotlights the trans community in Puerto Rico, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2014.

Lawmakers Reject President's Bid to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

The Associated Press

A committee in Mexico's lower house of congress on Wednesday rejected a proposal by President Enrique Pena Nieto for legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Congress to Present Initiative to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico

El Universal

The Committee of Constitutional Affairs of the Lower Chamber informed that they will discuss the draft opinion on the same-sex initiative submitted by president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Conservatives Around the World Are Peddling a Conspiracy Theory About Sex and Gender


“Gender ideology” is an invention of the right. It’s a hodgepodge of disparate ideas developed by a diverse group of thinkers over the past 50 years, linked mainly in the minds of its opponents.

The World Bank Appoints First Senior Advisor to Tackle LGBTI Issues

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The World Bank has appointed its first adviser tasked with promoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in its development work.

Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Spotlights Deep Social Divide in Mexico

Harvard Political Review

While the scene is brightening for Mexico’s L.G.B.T. population, the pro-equality policy movement - led by the president - must first reckon with a vocal opposition movement, headed by the Catholic Church.

Church of Reconciliation in Mexico City Is Home for LGBT Believers

Al Jazeera

Although most Catholic Mexicans remain conservative, many are becoming more accepting of the LGBT community.

We Can No Longer Turn a Blind Eye to Murders of Transgender Women in Mexico

The Huffington Post

Paola Ledezma, Itzel Duran and Alessa Flores are the names of three transgender women murdered in Mexico in the past two weeks. The responsibility for these murders goes beyond those who shot, stabbed and strangled them. We are complicit as a society.

The Conversation: Is Mexico Ready for Gay Marriage?

The Conversation

In opposing gay marriage, Mexican Catholics are following Mexican church dogma while ignoring Rome’s softening on the issue. This is a contradiction that Mexico’s Catholic church must eventually face.

Why Won't the UN Agenda for Inclusive Cities Recognize LGBTQ Citizens?

The Guardian

The UN’s New Urban Agenda calls on nations around the world to create safer, more inclusive and sustainable cities – but a group of countries including Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia successfully excluded LGBTQ rights.

Consular Diplomacy, Policies and LGBT Rights - Lessons from Mexico

The Hill

Mexico’s leadership on consular diplomacy and diaspora empowerment, particularly through its consulates in the United States, can provide unique assets to contribute to the strengthening of LGBT rights.

Todays Is the Day to Come Out if You Can, But Don't Judge Those Who Can't

The Advocate

National Coming Out Day is based on the voluntary self-disclosure of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Coming out of the closet is a decision everyone has to make for themselves.

Queer Kid Stuff: Here's How You Can Explain What 'Queer' Means to Kids

The Huffington Post

The latest episode in our favorite new web series for children is here - and this week our friends at “Queer Kid Stuff” are tackling the word “queer.”

Pope Francis Steps Into Mexican Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

Deseret News

Pope Francis is standing behind bishops and clergy who oppose a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico, telling the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square that standing up for the family unit is essential.

National Football Association Fined for a Third Time Over Anti-Gay Chants


The use of a homophobic slur by Mexican football fans could mean the national team will have to play to an empty stadium during World Cup Qualifiers.

Homophobia Has Surged in Mexico Following Gay Marriage Push: NGO


Homophobia has surged in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in May, a gay rights group said, reporting 26 hate-fueled murders this year.

80 Years Strong: How a Trans Woman Became a Legendary LGBT Advocate in Mexico


Mexico during the 1930s, an era in which the Catholic Church held sway, was a very different place than the socially liberal society that has emerged there in recent decades.

Pope Francis' Words Could Embolden Opposition to Mexico's Push for Marriage Equality


During last Sunday’s mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis said a few words that are being interpreted by many Mexicans as a show of support for those leading the fight against marriage equality in the Aztec nation.

Group Launches LGBTQ Flag Into Space to Promote Equality in This World and Beyond


In this video, Planting Peace launches the first pride flag into space and declares space LGBTQ friendly. They used a hot air balloon to send the flag into the sky and recorded beautiful footage of its ascent.

Supreme Court Rules for Sexual Diversity, But Warns Confrontations Remain

Prensa Latina

The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice has passed a law in favor of the union between people of the same sex in a controversial move, which is consider by some to be unconstitutional.

Tens of Thousands March in Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico City

The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people are marching in Mexico City in opposition to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Obama Condemns Anti-LGBT Violence in Final United Nations Speech as US President


President Barack Obama has made his last ever United Nations speech as US President and used it to condemn anti-LGBT violence.

Man Behind Iconic Photo of Mexican Boy Standing Up to 11K Homophobes Receives Death Threats

Gay Star News

The photographer behind the iconic photo of a 12-year-old boy standing up to 11,000 marching homophobes in Mexico is receiving death threats.

Cartoonist Honors Young Boy Who Blocked Anti-LGBT March in Mexico

NBC News

When political cartoonist Julio Salgado saw a photo showing a 12-year-old boy standing in front of a crowd that over the weekend was marching against a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico, he had a knee-jerk reaction.

12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Attempts to Block Thousands of Anti-Gay Protesters


In a “pro-family” march in Celaya, Guanajuato, a 12-year-old boy was photographed in the middle of the street trying to block the march of 11,000 people from moving forward.

Thousands March Against President's Proposal to Allow Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico

VOA News

The National Front for the Family, a coalition of various religious groups and other organizations, called on Mexicans to gather across the country to challenge President Enrique Pena Nieto's legislation to allow gay marriage.

Large Protests Against Gay Marriage Expected Throughout Mexico This Month

Stowe Family Law

Opponents of marriage equality have announced protests throughout Mexico this month, hoping to kill a proposal from President Enrique Pena Nieto that seeks to override barriers to marriage for same-sex couples remaining in 21 of Mexico’s 31 states.

Ignorance About Transgender Identities in US and Mexico and Challenges of Winning Asylum

Global Voices

Researchers have found that transgender women in Mexico face brutal violence from state officials, including the police and military, as well as persecution by drug cartels.

Transgender Latinas Face a 'Legion of Stigmas'

Houston Chronicle

Mexico has laws protecting LGBT people. Still, transgender people suffer atrocities and abuses, including by law enforcement officers, as documented in a study released this year.

Potential Legal Consequences of Mexico's Initiative to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage


Jurist guest colomnist Graciela Jasa Silveira discusses potential legal and constitutional consequences as a result of Mexican President Pena Nieto's initiatives to support same-sex family rights.

LGBT Confex Forum Showcases 'Inclusive Innovation' in Mexico City

Travel Daily News

For the sixth year in a row, the LGBT Confex will provide a meeting place for professionals and suppliers who see the LGBT community as an important market segment, as well as for businesses that offer an inclusive workplace.

United Nations AIDS Meeting Was Bold but Disappointing, Organizations Say

Inter Press Service

Though the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS ended with the adoption of bold and life saving targets, many organizations have expressed their disappointment in its outcomes.

Mexico's First Gay Commercial Aired This Week - and Everyone Is Smiling


The first Mexican commercial featuring a gay couple aired ahead of the nation's gay pride celebration - starting a conversation online about LGBT issues and reminding folks to #SmileWithPride.

Joseph D. Lyons: The Monumental Step Forward It's Time for Mexico to Take


Mexico is one step closer to legalizing gay marriage. President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed a constitutional reform that, if approved, would make his country the fifth in Latin America to do so.

Rights Activists Mark Small Steps Forward on LGBTI Issues in Their Countries


Rights activists worldwide marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Tuesday, a day intended to draw attention to important LGBT issues around the world.

Cuban Lesbian Hip-Hop Duo from Havana Fights Homophobia with Music

Thomson Reuters Foundation

According to Odaymara Cuesta from the lesbian Cuban hip-hop band Krudas Cubensi, there's a gay person in every family in Cuba.

Activists in Mexico Protest Film About LGBT Adoption for Being Anti-Gay

Gay Star News

LGBT advocates in Mexico are protesting a newly released film titled 'Pink' which they say are filled with homophobic stereotypes, anti-gay caricatures, and negative messages about same-sex couples adopting children.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders Share Thoughts About Today's Queer Youth

HuffPost Gay Voices

Popular YouTube vlogger Arielle Scarcella interviewed a handful of LGBT elders at New York City's iconic Stonewall Inn to hear their thoughts about today's queer youth.

¿Que Tal? Spanish Gay and Lesbian News Source 'Magayzine' Readies for Launch


A new Spanish gay and lesbian news source called “Magayzine” launches in September, hoping to provide not only timely news and features, but also an outlet for the community in their own terms.

#SaldelclosetAMLO: Time for Lopez Obrador to Come Out of the Closet on Gay Rights in Mexico


Get out of the closet already, Andres Manuel! If you're a presidential candidate again, feminists and those of us who promote the rights of sexual diversity will tell you: without us, for the third time, not a chance.

Sharing the Love for Travel, Alaska Air Offers LGBT Airfare Discounts

Daily Caller

Are you gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender? Do you want to travel to a bunch of gay pride festivals? If you answered yes to these questions, Alaska Airlines is currently offering exciting discounts on air travel for you.

LGBT Activist Describes Queer Life in Mexico City

HuffPost Gay Voices

Activist Estefania Vela Barba discusses what it’s like to be queer in Mexico City.

'It's Okay to Be Gay' in Mexico City

Washington Blade

Mexico City remains a refuge for many LGBT Mexicans, where same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in the Mexican capital since 2010.

LGBT Migrants from Latin America Face Abuse, Discrimination in Mexico

Washington Blade

Mexican law bans anti-gay discrimination, but the country’s immigration statutes do not include LGBT-specific protections.

LGBT Confex Confirms Merida, Yucutan as Host City for 2015 Edition

International Meetings Review

Confex, Latin America’s LGBT conferences and exhibitions company, confirmed the city of Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan as the host of the Fifth edition of its LGBT Business Expo. The expo is scheduled to take place from Sept. 18-9, 2015.

United Nations Human Rights Council Passes Landmark LGBT Rights Resolution


The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a landmark resolution condemning violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

LGBT CONFEX Ready for LGBT Business Forum


The 5th edition of LGBT CONFEX’s LGBT Business Forum will bring a delegation of international business leaders to this year’s IV Equality Week taking place in Bogota, Colombia from September 28 to October 5, 2014.

LGBT Couples Tie the Knot on Anniversary of Mexico City Same Sex-Marriage Law


Nearly 60 gay couples got married at a mass wedding ceremony on Friday in Mexico City four years after the same sex-marriage law went into effect in Mexico's capital.

Hate Crimes and Official Scorn on the Rise According to Mexican LGBT Group

La Jornada

Hate crimes and other expressions of violence against sexually-diverse groups are rising at a worrying rate in Mexico without any corresponding action in response by the authorities whatsoever, according to Agenda LGBT.

DC Introduces First Transgender Character in Comics


Last week, the comic book giant published Batgirl #19, featuring a storyline involving the first ongoing, trans-identifying character in a mainstream superhero book.

Latin America's Leading LGBT Business Forum Announces Expansion Plans in 2013

LGBT Confex

The most important business forum focused on the needs of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people has announced its plans for 2013 - including announcing a new city for its annual convention, an expanded focus for exhibitors and new sponsorship options.

Tijuana to Celebrate Pride This Weekend


The 17th annual Tijuana LGBTI Pride March will step off on Saturday, June 23, at 5 pm. First taking place in 1995 as a protest march, the event has grown from a small group of participants to several thousand.

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