Mexico’s ‘hints of homophobia’ make living there a challenge for a gay American

Living in Mexico as a gay American has been very interesting because it’s not something that’s necessarily accepted universally.

We’re still at a point where there are gay characters on telenovelas [Mexican soap operas], but they’re the comic relief. They’re not the hero or the neighbor. The cultural representation is still on the negative end, and people ultimately react negatively.

There are hints of homophobia, machismo, and I think that ingrained culture is harder to get rid of than it is to create a policy that says everyone can get married now.

I’m growing up in this time when a lot of things are changing in terms of LGBT rights and LGBT advocacy in the United States and around the world. It’s true for Mexico as well, though maybe not as quick as in the United States.

It’s been interesting with my extended family in Chihuahua, coming out to them. I think the key is identifying with people, creating relationships where they can love you for who you are…