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LGBTQ+ 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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Gay Tulum – Your Local LGBTQ+ Travel Guide in 2024

For an unforgettable LGBTQ-friendly experience in Tulum, Mexico, read on for the best hotels, gay bars and beach clubs, things to do, and travel tips!

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5 Best Nudist Hotels in Zipolite in 2024

For the 5 best nudist hotels in Zipolite, Mexico's first legal nude beach, we include luxury resorts to budget accommodations. All are nudist and LGBTQ-friendly. Read on for our full hotel review of each.

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Gay Mexico City – Your Complete LGBTQ+ Travel Guide in 2024

For the best of Gay Mexico City, including the best hotels, where to eat, our top 10 things to do, and how to find the best gay nightlife, read on for our complete LGBTQ+ travel guide.

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Mexico City Gay Nightlife – Best Gay Bars & Clubs in 2024

Many of Mexico City's best gay bars and clubs are located in and around the Zona Rosa. Head to Calle Amberes, perhaps the gayest street in Mexico, where you'll find dozens of gay bars. It's the epicenter of gay Mexico City.

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5 Gay Popular Hotels in Mexico City in 2024

For 5 gay popular hotels in Mexico City, we have you covered from luxury 5-star properties to small gay-owned bed and breakfasts. Read on for our full hotel review of each.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Mexico City in 2024

Mexico City is a world class city with irresistible charm. For unbelievable food, culture, art, and history, join us as we highlight our top 10 things to do in Mexico City.

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3 Best Gay Hotels in Puerto Vallarta in 2024

For the 3 best gay hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico's gay beach capital, we have you covered from luxury to budget options. Read on to find your perfect stay in gay PV!

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Gay Zipolite – Mexico's Most Famous Nude Beach in 2024

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 Puerto Vallarta – Mexico's Gay Beach Capital in 2024

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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Gay Playa del Carmen – A Top Gay Travel Destination in Mexico in 2024

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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10 Best Gay Nude Beaches in the World in 2024

For the 10 best gay nude beaches in the world, join us as we take you on a journey around the globe to countdown ten of our favorites. Are you ready to have some fun in your birthday suit with us!?

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Gay Cancun – Your Complete LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

With dazzling beaches and incredible nightlife, Cancun ranks as one of the most visited international travel destinations in the world and is a top gay travel destination in Mexico.

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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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Best Gay Bars & Clubs in Oaxaca

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Best Restaurants & Bars in Oaxaca

If the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach, then be prepared to fall in love with Oaxaca! Read on to learn about the best restaurants and bars in Mexico’s culinary capital!

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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!

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Gay-Friendly Puerto Escondido – Mexico's New Hotspot?

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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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Hi! We're Two Gay Expats

Hi gorgeous, and welcome to our LGBTQ+ travel blog! We're 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. For over two years, we explored the best of gay Mexico while waiting for our house, Casa Cangrejo, to be completed in Tulum. We got married at The Beach Tulum in 2020 and became Mexican permanent residents in 2022.

Today, we continue to travel around Mexico and the world to show you our favorite places. If you'd like to follow our adventures, subscribe on YouTube and join us on Instagram.

🖤 Andy + Trai