We, at Casa Mexilio, are a diversified group. The blood of Scottish highlanders and that of the Welsh and English prisoners turned settlers to the New World runs through our veins. Not to mention that of the Spanish invaders from Extremadura. Native American strains are represented in us by the Seminole and Yucatec Maya.
We are Protestant, Atheist, Catholic and Questioning. We are Humanists, Democrats, Panistas and Populists.
We are straights and gays affirming the dignity and commonality which we celebrate as a group of friends and co-workers. In short, we were born to be Gay, Straight, Native American Indian, White, Colored and Mestizo – plus other varying shades that intellectuals and musicians come in.
None of us have blue eyes.
“Gay rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton
“This is a human rights issue. Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all. “
All are welcome.
post for 9 de enero, 2014
The houses I’ve occupied during the past forty years have been large. And as I became aware of the tragedy of LGBT children living on the streets of large American cities, children, kicked out, and made homeless by their religious (mainly Christian) families, I realized that the building which I owned in Merida, Yucatan, could be equipped as a facility for such cases.
The thought to offer my friend, the doctor, space for his consulting office, also, in the same building, took form, as I proceeded with changing my will and snuggling down into the comfort of my new beneficent persona.
The search for funding and location for the Ali Forney LGBT center for homeless youth in Manhattan had been very much in the news, and that, together with the surprising death of a young Mexican friend, is what had spurred me into action.
But, later, I learned that the death was caused, not by homelessness, but by being left on the street, in an alcoholic stupor, by his friends, as they left a downtown club.
Searching for the homeless and disadvantaged gay youth was easy, my contacts many . . . but after a while, the search was met with surprise. As . . . there were no disadvantaged, gay youth, forced from their homes by bigoted, homophobic parents, to be found in Merida, Yucatan. They don’t seem to exist in this culture, as Catholic as it is ! After all, we all know that the Vatican is one of the most persistently evil and homophobic institutions on the planet. And Mexico is a Catholic country, right ?
Occasionally, there is an ‘escapee’ from the abusive homes where religion-based bigotry is present, but the hard core cases of abuse are rare and could not be found by me or my searchers.
My friend and employee, who left home at age 14 to find his own way in the world, in Mexico City, Morelia, Tabasco and Yucatan, recounts that he has known only one girl who was forced from her home by bigoted, Christian parents, but she returned, after the parents recognized their mistake.
So, my well-intended trial period as a serious do-gooder, ended. And, another reason why I ended up here, in the first place, is made known to me.
posted by Roger
Ali He’shun Forney (April 12, 1975 – December 5, 1997) was an African-American and transgender youth who also used the name Luscious. He was a peer counselor of and advocate for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and was killed on the street in Harlem. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth was named after him when it opened in June 2002.