By Twenty Twenty
Two local human rights defender organizations from will become part of the Observatorio Nacional de Crímenes de Odio contra Personas LGBTI, in order to keep a record about hate crimes in Yucatan.
Igualdad Sustantiva and Comando Trans Interseccional will be tracking attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual people along 2021 as part of a national effort to expose gender discrimination in Mexico.
Kelly Ramírez Alpuche and Muñeca Aguilar, who lead those organizations, said one obstacle to protect LGBTI people in Yucatan is that local laws don’t recognize hate crimes for gender or related to sexual identity.
Also, explains Muñeca Aguilar –a transgender activist- people never talks about this issues. And media doesn’t help too much.
“Until a few years back, the term transfeminicide was something new to me”, said Aguilar.
But when she started interviewing trans and cis sexual workers, she heard all those testimonies and the context in which this kind of homicides happen against the LGBTI community.
“I know they exist, but nobody talks about it, they don’t use the name transfeminicide – nor hate crimes because of gender issues – and the media doesn’t document them”.
Aguilar and Ramirez Alpuche acknowledged the lack of an official register of this kind of crime at an estatal and federal level. That’s why they accepted to colaborate in the Observatorio Nacional de Crimenes de Odio contra personas LGBTI.
Since 2014, the organism has documented about 217 homicides and 36 cases of disappearance in 10 states.
On a report from the Observatorio, it’s highlighted that Yucatan is one of the states in Mexico that has a lack of legal instruments for ensuring respect for the human rights of LGBTI communities.
Ramirez Alpuche made an example: when a transgender woman suffers any kind of violence that threatens her life, this is not considered as an attempt nor a feminicide act.
The Centros de Justicia para la Mujer in the state don’t take care of them, because according to them they’re not women.
On the other hand, she explained that the media revictimize and reaffirm gender stereotypes because they publish violent images without respecting the rights of the victims, or narrate the cases like “homosexual passions” or blame those who are sex workers because “they deserved it”.