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Mexican Lawyer Faces 14 Months Imprisonment For Defending Gay Educator

Jim Burroway

September 13th, 2011

In 2009, a gay man, Agustín Estrada Negrete, was fired as head of a school for children of disabilities in the state of Mexico, just west of Mexico City. Jaime López Vela, a human rights lawyer with Agenda LGBT,  agreed to help him. They set up a meeting with officials with the state of Mexico in Toluca. A group of supportive parents organized a protest in front if the state offices, when police came in and arrested López and charged him with “insult to police and obstruction on the road.” Other protesters, including, mothers and children, were beaten as they tried to prevent the arrests. López, who would later be the first to be married by the mayor of Mexico City when same-sex marriages became legal, was beaten several times during his detention and is still facing 14 months in prison for that incident. Estrada was also arrested and beaten, and he has since fled to the U.S. and is seeking asylum. And Paul Canning has the gory details.

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Fargok
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

What is sad is the State of Mexico’s Governor (the one that “doesn’t like faggots”) is very likely becoming the next Mexico’s President. Hurray…

Christopher
September 14th, 2011 | LINK

Glad the we have this country to the south of the 49th that provides a buffer for us… but its policies generally aren’t much better…

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