‘The Love that Dares to Speak its Name’


The Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the decree which has to be approved for the Union Congress.

The poem written by the English James Kirkup, and published in 1976 edition of Gay News, has a new meaning for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Mexico.

The text “The love that dares to speak its name” made reference to gay relationships, and gave to this community as one of most famous expressions used on its fight.

On 17th of May, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a decree about the gay marriage and other rights, which will have to be part of the Mexican constitution.

Soon, as already Mexico City, Coahuila and Quintana Roo did it; all the states have to change their civics codes.

In Mexico, 58% of LGBTQ people recognize
that discrimination is their main problem.

The Peña Nieto’s proposal follows the verdict of the Supreme Court of 2015, which considers the prohibition of the gay marriage unconstitutional. The problem with that resolution was that the couples have to fight in states courts for their rights. In few weeks or months the situation can change.

This is an important step in a country where 60% of the population considers that the sexual orientation is a reason for discrimination. Besides, 58% of LGBTQ people recognize that discrimination is their main problem, published the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred, in Spanish).

The project to modify the Mexican constitution and the Federal Civic Code was sent to the Congress Union, where it has to be approved.

What could change soon?

  1. Gay marriage will be allowed in all Mexican states.
  2. The people that had change of sex will have a new legal identity (born certificate, passport, etc).
  3. Changes in all legislations where same sex couples are being discriminated.
  4. Access to the government services, as social security, loans, etc.

Besides, the reform can help gay couples to have better economic benefits and services, as bank or public loans and private insurances.

This is a success for the LGBTQ Mexican community after more than 35 years of fight.

In 2009, Mexico City was the first entity where gay marriage was approved, but this important decision was incomplete, because the couples were not recognized in all of the country, just after the Supreme Court decided that was unconstitutional.

Everybody knows that none law will end the homophobia and transphobia, but would help to fight against it.


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