Cartoonist Honors Young Boy Who Blocked Anti-LGBT March in Mexico
Griselda Nevarez - NBC News
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September 15, 2016

Black and white political cartoon that mirrored the original photo of the 12-year-old boy blocking anti-LGBTQ march in Mexico (Julio Salgado/CultureStrike)

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.

"Being Mexican and queer myself, when I saw that image I felt that I needed to honor that image by recreating it and putting in my own twist," he said. "I wanted to pay homage to that moment."

The original photo of the boy was taken in Guanajuato by photojournalist Manuel Rodriguez, who told Regeneración that at first he thought the boy was only playing. He later approached him to ask about his motives.

"I have an uncle who is gay, and I don't like that they hate him," Rodriguez said the 12-year-old told him.

When asked what he wants people to take away from his political cartoon, Salgado said: "That there is hope in the future."

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