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Every year since I've been in San Francisco I covered Gay Pride weekend. However, with white

Every year of the 25 years I've lived in San Francisco, I covered Gay Pride weekend.

However, with white bigots running the country, and the white gay bigots (along with their enablers) here in San Francisco, this year I dreaded the thought of being in the midst of thousands of white lesbians and gay men about to descend on my neighborhood, a neighborhood that's already had just about all the color gentrifried right out of it.

So, on June 20th, just days before Pride weekend was to kick-off, I fled San Francisco and went south, to Mexico City. (I "did" miss the Trans March, the most political, diverse and all around "best" event of SF Pride weekend.)

I stayed in Mexico City for a month. It was the longest time I'd ever spent in a foreign country.

Because I'd seen many of the tourist attractions on an earlier trip, this stay was more of a day-to-day living situation.

I have more to say in the upcoming, "Looking for Home." But right here is what Gay Pride looks like in Mexico City.

Sidney Brinkley

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Mexico city Gay pride 2017

 
On Saturday June 24, an estimated 350,000 people attended Mexico City's 39thorem
On Saturday, June 24th, an estimated 350,000 people attended Mexico City's 39th Gay Pride March as it made its way down Paseo de la Reforma on the way to the Zocalo. It was the highlight of the city's week-long Gay Pride celebration for 2017. Did you know Mexico legalized homosexuality in 1871.

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It was the highlight of the city's week-long Gay Pride celebration for 2017. Did you know Mexico legalized homosexuality in 1871

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However, though festive, it was somewhat dissapointing. I expected to see a lot more Mexican and/or Latin flavor. Instead, I saw a rather generic Gay Pride parade that could've been held in any city in the U.S.
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CDMX Pride

 

 

 

 

 

 


However, though festive, it was somewhat dissapointing. I expected to see a lot more Mexican and/or Latin flavor. Instead, I saw a rather generic Gay Pride parade that could've been held in any city in the U.S.

CDMX Pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




However, though festive, it was somewhat dissapointing. I expected to see a lot more Mexican and/or Latin flavor. Instead, I saw a rather generic Gay Pride parade that could've

CDMX Pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


However, though festive, it was somewhat dissapointing. I expected to see a lot more Mexican and/or Latin flavor. Instead, I saw a rather generic Gay Pride parade

CDMX Pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



However, though festive, it was somewhat dissapointing. I expected to see a lot
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more Mexican and/or Latin flavor. Instead, I saw a rather generic Gay Pride parade

CDMX Pride 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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An interesting house built of corrugated metal and painted with colors of the flag. A couple of nuns on the top but I don't know if the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have a chapter in CDMX.
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This is my favorite shot. This lithe young man, in yellow pants and well-worn work boots, exuded a sexiness, and a casual elegance as he strolled down Paseo de la Reforma waving his flag.
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The Guys in Leather.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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And the guys in leather were there. This could be New York or San Francisco.
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My second favorite shot: Batwoman. And look at that body!
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Pride "marches" tend to be more party than politics. Still, I was surprised there were so few political groups at the parade that "I" saw. I didn't see any HIV/AIDS awareness groups, and I only saw one Trans activist, shown above.

That does not mean these groups, or issues, weren't represented, since I didn't see the entire parade, and they may have had set-ups on the Zocalo.

As for the Trans activist above, her sign reads: "Ni Una + La Transphobia Mata." Not one more Transphobia Killing.
"mata" means bush, shrub or plant. So, I'll need one of my "fluent in Spanish"

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You would have to see this photo blown up to appreciate what is going on, but everyone is on their phones, ignoring the guy with the old-school anti-gay sign.

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Two things: First, quickly look down at his feet. At a glance it looks as if he has the feet of the beast, or the devil. Second, what's going on in his pants? Is that an erection? Not surprised if it is. Wouldn't be the first homophobe turned on by the very thing he protests against.

As for the sign, basically it says, "Tantos Gays, So many gays. As non-gays we will give an account to Jesus Christ." Readers fluent in Spanish may correctly put it all together.
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These signs say between the years 1985 and 2016 there have been 1,310 assassinations directly related to homophobia: 1021 men, 265 Trans folk, and 24 women were assassinated during that period. Mexican activists don't often say "murder"; they use the more powerful "assassinate". "No more homophobia" they demand.
And that was about it as far as political activity that "I" saw. I didn't see the paraderom begining to end and don't know what
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Judging from the expression on his face, the police officer on the far left doesn't like whatever it is he's looking at, while the one in the middle finds it funny.

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Still working. The lone Trans activist. By the way, those are wings on the back of her gown. It was very creative.
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The Pride parade continues on its way to the Zocalo, a place I said I would never
A random crowd shot.

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The Pride parade continues on its way to the Zocalo, a place I said I would never visit again, especially not with thousands of gay folks. The street cleaners wait for the crowd to thin. Mexico City does not have a large fleet of motorized street cleaners. Instead, they rely a lot on manual labor.


Part Two

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Bsyer Art Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Pharmaceutical giant Bayer maked its 120 years in Mexico with one of the most

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Part Three

The Shame of Mexico

The Shame of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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In September of 2014, 43 studentswere abducted then, "disappeared". Some say the Mexican government is unable, or unwilling, to solve the case.ride parade continues on its way to the Zocalo, a place I said I would never


Part Four
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Looking for Home

Depto CDMX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I no longer feel at home in San Francisco, or in the United States. My search for a
I no longer feel at home in San Francisco, or even in the United States. My search for a new home continues with a month-long stay in Mexico City. This is the story of what came out of that stay, and what it's like to be an African American living in Mexico City. Above, the apartment in Mexico City. Below, the views from the balcony. Mexico City. Above, the apartment in Mexico City. Below, the view from the balcony.

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at came out of that stay and what's it like to be an African American living in
Mexico City. Above, my apartment in Mexico City. Below, the view from the balcony.Searching for home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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