International Transgender Awareness Day

24 February 2021 By Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea
March 31 marks Transgender Day of Visibility, an international commemoration dedicated to celebrating transgender people. An invitation to be seen and heard. In addition to seeking to sensitize the world about discrimination against trans people and meditate on the human rights of this community around the world.

Before this date, there was only the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. This day is dedicated to remembering trans people who have been victims of transphobic hate crimes.

It is important to remember those people who died because of ignorance and fear. But it is just as important to remember the transgender, transsexual, transvestite and drag individuals who are alive. How important it is to fight for a world where they feel included and have rights equal to those of cisgender people.

That's what we celebrate on March 31. Since 2014 human rights activists adhered to this date and at Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea, we are proud to be part of this celebration.

A fight for integration
The holiday was inaugurated by U.S. transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009. Crandall, originally from Michigan, proposed this date due to the lack of days that celebrate the visibility of people who do not identify with their biological sex.

It is a day in which the LGTBI+ community collectives of the world celebrate the freedom of trans people to be part of the world positively. It is a vindication for their right to live and express themselves with gender self-determination, because only a person within themselves can identify who they are, and it is their right to express how they identify themselves regardless of what society wants to impose.

The International Transgender Awareness Day is also a wake-up call to the authorities to promptly address discrimination against trans or non-binary people. They are part of society and governments must attend to them as citizens and safeguard respect for their rights.

Thanks to activism, many battles have been won around the world, one of the most important being the depathologization of trans identities in 2018, where the World Health Organization confirmed that gender diversity is not a disease. However, this confirmation by the WHO has yet to be recognized at all administrative and social levels.
Trans Community in Mexico
Each country lives its deconstruction processes according to its societies and historical moments. Although the world is becoming more and more globalized, we must take into account that each country has its own background in how it lives internally its openness to diversity. 

In Mexico, the first steps in the struggle for the rights of transgender people are said to have been taken in a march for the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, on July 26, 1978. A group of 30 homosexuals marched and identified themselves as members of the Frente de Liberación Homosexual de México. Among them were trans women, who were marching in protest against the discrimination they suffered from society and the press.

There have been characters who have achieved a high level of visibility for the trans community in Mexico. Characters like Xochitl, a trans woman who became a public symbol of the LGTBI+ communities in Mexico in the 80s. Francis, a trans woman had a transvestite show that filled the big theaters with tours in Mexico and the United States for more than 15 years.

We want to make it clear that this is only a very superficial review and we know that many data and names are missing in this historical review, but we will expand the panorama.

The National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz presented in November 2016 a scientific study that intended that the gender identity of trans people would no longer be classified as a mental disorder by international organizations. This would be done by the WHO, as mentioned above.

Puerto Vallarta, the city that loves you as you are
Leaving aside the evolution of the fight for the non-discrimination of the trans community in Mexico, we have already told you that Puerto Vallarta bakes on the side. Being a friendly society, Puerto Vallarta has welcomed members of the trans and LGTBQ+ community with open arms. 

We understand that love is love, and we love people as they are and above all how they identify themselves. We have welcomed members of the community and embraced them as an important part of our society. Among them Miss Butterfly of whom you can't miss the article we have about her Drag Show at Blue Chairs Resort by The Sea.

The city was the first municipality in the state of Jalisco to institute in a simple way a protocol for the legal change of gender in the civil registry for trans people in Puerto Vallarta, registering the first case on January 13, 2020, when a trans man received the male identity two days after requesting it.

If you intend to visit Puerto Vallarta to celebrate International Transgender Awareness Day, we suggest you stay at the most traditional LGTBQ+ friendly hotel in the Romantic Zone. Make yourself heard, make yourself seen.

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