Muxe activist, Oscar Cazorla, murdered in his home in Juchitán, Oaxaca.

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Muxe activist, Oscar Cazorla, was murdered in his home in Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico on Saturday. For more than 40 years, Cazorla has been fighting for LGBTQ rights and is founder of one of the most important international festivals for sexual diversity: The Festival of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger.

The 62 year old gay activist was found assinated in a pool of blood with signs of violence. At the moment the causes of the murder are unknown.

“The Muxe Ball”

“Everyone that attends the Festival of the Authentic Intrepid, doesn’t judge each other; we just enjoy, drink beer, eats snacks and dance,” said Cazorla.

The activist founded the festival or “Muxe Ball” with the sole purpose of eradicating discrimination and homophobia. He fought for the rights and recognition of the “Muxes” on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

After the earthquakes in 2017 left Juchitán in ruins, the festival was not held but last November it resumed.  This was the last festival Cazorla attended.  He celebrated life by dancing and enjoying time with his family where he was thankful to be alive despite the fact that his house completely collapsed in the earthquakes of September 7, 2017.

The Third Gender

In the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in Oaxaca, Muxe people are born biologically male and dress as women—but they consider themselves neither cross-dressers nor transgender. Instead, they are treated as “the third gender,” and they identify neither as men nor as women. Every November about 3,000 muxes celebrate by walking through the streets of Juchitán and attending the Vigil of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger.

The “Muxe Ball” has become a space of tolerance, respect and resitance since the festival was founded 43 years ago.

In the last five years, hate crimes against LGBTQ populations in the country have been on the rise.  So far this year, 5 human rights defenders and 4 journalists have been murdered in Mexico.

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