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LGBT+ Rights in Mexico

With the brief French occupation of Mexico in the mid-1860’s and the subsequent adoption of the Napoleonic Code, homosexual sex was decriminalized in Mexico all the way back in 1871. Today, Mexico is fabulously one of thirty countries where same-sex marriage is legal and one of seven, including the United States, to do so nationally by court decisions.
Upon closer inspection, however, progress towards marriage equality in Mexico is more complicated. Mexico City was actually the first to legalize gay marriage in 2009 with the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, following in 2011. After the Mexican Supreme Court ruled to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples in 2015, not all states have enacted marriage equality to date, forcing some same-sex couples to jump through legal hoops to obtain their marriage license.

In recent years, however, Mexico has continued to make strides to advance LGBT+ rights. Anti-discrimination laws in employment (and all other areas) were enacted in 2003, and the Mexican Supreme Court issued a similar ruling to marriage equality to same-sex adoption in 2016.

With respect to other LGBT+ rights, men who have sex with men can donate blood in Mexico, transgender individuals can change their legal gender (like marriage equality, pending in all states), and although there is no law or policy preventing homosexuals or bisexuals from serving in the military, they may be unfortunately harassed if outed.

As attitudes change with increasing foreign and domestic influences from cosmopolitan areas, Mexico continues to evolve with respect to LGBT+ rights. In addition, Mexico remains a super popular LGBT-friendly travel destination, especially Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Zipolite, and Tulum among many others. Check out our posts below for more on these and other amazing gay travel destinations in Gay Mexico!

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For food lovers, don't miss Taco Chronicles on Netflix! This series and self-described "mouth-watering food adventure" takes you behind the scenes to learn about some of the most popular taco styles in Mexico from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City!
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Hierve El Agua – Amazing Hike & Swim at Oaxaca's Petrified Waterfalls

Don't miss these MUST SEE petrified waterfalls and surrounding mineral pools just outside of Oaxaca City! Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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Holbox – Your Local Travel Guide to Mexico's Island Paradise

Isla Holbox is a relatively undiscovered island paradise located off the north coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Read on for the best hotels, restaurants, beaches, things to do, and how to get here!

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Gay Zipolite – Mexico's Most Famous Nude Beach

If you haven't heard of Zipolite on Mexico's STUNNING Oaxaca coast, then you're in for a real treat. Read on to see if you should add this super gay beach town to your travel list!

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Gay Tulum – Your Local Gay Travel Guide

Don't miss this gay travel guide to Tulum from Two Gay Expats and Tulum residents, Andy & Trai. Discover the best gay and gay-friendly hotels, bars, restaurants, and beach clubs.

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Gay Playa del Carmen – A Top Gay Travel Destination in Mexico

Planning a trip to Gay Playa Del Carmen? Then read on as we explore the best hotels, restaurants, and gay clubs in one of the top gay travel destinations in Mexico!

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Gay Puerto Vallarta – Mexico's Gay Beach Capital

Planning a trip to Gay Puerto Vallarta? Then read on as we explore the best gay hotels, gay bars and restos, gay pool parties and boat tours in Mexico's gay beach capital!

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Best Gay Bars & Clubs in Oaxaca

After dark, Oaxaca comes ALIVE! To explore this party town's super fun nightlife scene, read on for the BEST GAY BARS and clubs in Oaxaca!

Best Restaurants & Bars in Oaxaca

After dark, Oaxaca comes ALIVE! To explore this party town's super fun nightlife scene, read on for the BEST GAY BARS and clubs in Oaxaca!

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Gay Oaxaca – Mexico's Colorful Colonial Gem

Join us in Gay Oaxaca, the colorful, colonial gem, as we show you the sights, and of course, eat and drink our way through this incredible city!

Playa Zicatela - Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Gay-Friendly Puerto Escondido – Mexico's New Hotspot?

Is Puerto Escondido the new beach hotspot in Mexico? We've heard so much about this laid back surfing town, we had to check it out for ourselves!

Trai on the Rocks at Sunset - Playa del Amor, Zipolite
Playa del Amor – Best Gay Beach in Oaxaca

If you are LGBT+ and enjoy gorgeous sunsets, then you will surely fall in love with Playa del Amor in Zipolite, Mexico. Read on for all of the important details!


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Hola amigos and welcome to our gay travel blog! We are Andy and Trai, a gay couple traveling the world with PRIDE 🌈  …and our rescue dog, Pattie!

After meeting in San Francisco in 2018 and later moving to Chicago, we decided to quit our jobs in 2021, sell everything, and become Two Gay Expats!

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