Mexico City LGBT Community

Information about the LGBT community in Mexico City, including same-sex marriage laws and LGBT rights...

Mexico City has been a leader in advancing LGBT rights in Mexico and in Latin America. In 1999, the Distrito Federal became the first jurisdiction in the country to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and since 2006 has recognized same-sex civil unions. Mexico City legalized same-sex marriage and adoption in 2009 (the new laws became effective in 2010).

Transgendered persons in Mexico City have been able to change their legal gender and name since 2004 if they could demonstrate that they were actively seeking sex reassignment and receiving psychotherapy. In October 2015 that requirement was eliminated and transgendered people in Mexico City are now able to change their gender on official documentation (including birth certificates, voter cards, passports and professional credentials) by appearing at the Civil Registry and stating under oath their desire to be recognized as the gender of their choosing.

LGBT in Mexico City

Mexico City has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transvestite, transgender, and intersex (referred to in Mexico as LGBTTTI) community whose rights are better protected than anywhere else in the country. The Government of Mexico City has made considerable efforts towards ensuring that the needs of LGBTTTI community are well-served, and a number of government offices, programs, and community centers have been established in support of that goal.

There are many gay-friendly businesses, bars, hotels, media outlets and restaurants in Mexico City. Many of these businesses accept the G Card Premium and offer discounts for the LGBTTTI community on medical, dental, nutritional, optical, or legal services.

The Zona Rosa neighborhood is considered to be the business and entertainment capital of Mexico City’s LGBTTTI community, with over 200 businesses spread out over 16 blocks. Located in Colonia Juárez near the Angel of Independence, the Zona Rosa has bars, restaurants, and clubs that cater to the gay community, as well as a number of luxury hotels. Open displays of affection between same-sex couples are common. The Annual Gay Pride Parade takes place in Zona Rosa, and several offices and clinics are established there to serve the needs of the LGBTTTI community.