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The memorial website will home the stays of 149 transgender ladies, a few of whom met violent deaths

Activists in Mexico have constructed and inaugurated a mausoleum particularly for transgender ladies, the Related Press reported on Friday. The burial website is the primary of its type within the nation, and proponents say it is going to present a dignified resting place for victims of violence, and people unclaimed by their households.

Positioned within the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico Metropolis, the mausoleum is constructed of white masonry with coloured stained glass inserts. Contained in the constructing, a small altar is embellished within the blue and pink of the transgender satisfaction flag, and contains a memorial to Paola Buenrostro, a transgender prostitute who was shot lifeless in 2016.

“Thanks Paola, as a result of in your identify we have been in a position to attain an necessary milestone for the trans neighborhood,” activist Kenya Cuevas mentioned in the course of the inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Cuevas mentioned that a few of these interred on the mausoleum have been murdered, whereas others died of pure causes however had no members of the family to say their our bodies.

Mexico has the world’s second-highest homicide price amongst transgender folks, with 25 transgender ladies killed within the first six months of this 12 months, in response to LGBTQ activists. 

Nevertheless, with greater than 15,000 murders dedicated throughout the nation in that very same interval, transgender persons are truly barely much less more likely to be murdered in Mexico than anybody else, as they account for 0.25% of the inhabitants and 0.17% of all homicide victims, in response to information from Mexico’s Nationwide Statistics Institute and Statista.

Greater than 58% of the 586 LGBTQ folks killed in Mexico between 2017 and July 2023 have been transgender ladies, in response to the Related Press’ figures.

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