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A couple of foreign men were caught by the police in Tulum, Mexico, for kissing on the beach. The incident was filmed by TikToker Martiza Escalante, who was at the scene at the same time.

“The policemen came close to young foreigners” – she said in the posted video – “After twenty minutes, a patrol car arrived and handcuffed them”.

@maaaritza LA POLICÍA EN QUINTANA ROO ES HOMOFÓBICA #xyzbca #fyp #lgbt🏳️‍🌈 #🏳️‍🌈 #quintanaroo ♬ sonido original – Maritza Escalante

In the video above, bathers did not agree with the police officers’ decision and shouted “They are not committing any crime”, accusing the police of being homophobic.

The international LGBT rights organization Out Right took a stand on the matter:

“Mexico has made a lot of progress on LGBTIQ issues; however, there are still barriers to achieving LGBTIQ equality (…) The Catholic Church has a significant impact on social and cultural norms around gender and sexuality, and many anti-Catholic groups LGBTIQ are opposed to legislation and striving for no equality for LGBTIQ people. Despite these challenges, Mexicans LGBTIQ are experiencing increasing acceptance and visibility, especially in urban centers and by the younger generations “.

With information from Queerty

Gay male couple handcuffed by police on the beach in Tulum, Mexico

Mexico state criminalizes “gay cure” and imposes penalty of three years of prision

On October 20, deputies from the State of Mexico, the most populous in that country, modified the penal code and banned sex conversion therapy, popularly known as gay cure. The information comes from the CCNchannel.

Those that break this law in Mexico State can take up to three years of prison, 25 to 100 days of community work, and they will have to pay a fine. The penalty is even more rigorous to those who have an affective bondwith the accused one, as a member of the family, increasing it by 50%. To obligated minors to the practice will also be aggravating. The approval of the law was done in a virtual session and it had the support of many different parties.

By the law project of deputy Beatriz Garcia, the prohibition of “sexual conversion therapy” includes psychological, psychiatric, or other diverse treatments that have the goal to nullify, complicate or debilitate someone’s sexual orientation expression or gender identity.

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Jornalista formado pela PUC do Rio de Janeiro, dedicou sua vida a falar sobre cultura nerd/geek. Gay desde que se entende por gente, sempre teve desejo de trabalhar com o público LGBT+ e crê que a informação é a a melhor arma contra qualquer tipo de "fobia"