MEXICO CITY FOR LGBT TRAVELERS, PART 1
Mexico, in many ways, is a country that emphasizes diversity. While national culture is prevalent throughout, the fascinatingly layered history of Mexico can be seen in different ways across regions, communities, and even families! It is a forward-thinking country, where, while the population is largely Catholic, same-sex marriage is legal throughout. Mexico City is one of the best places for LGBT travelers. Here are two cultural institutions we think are particularly engaging. Keep an eye out for Part 2, which will highlight nightlife in the capital.
1- Museo Universitario del Chopo
The museum is located in an early-20th century building once used as an exhibition hall in Düsseldorf, now on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It highlights modern and contemporary art, as well as a wide array of events including performances, lectures, and film screenings. The art is typically experimental in nature, focusing on issues of sex, race, gender, sexuality, as well as youth and urban life. Located in the progressive and Colonia Santa María la Ribera, Museo Universitario del Chopo supports underground artists, often including members of the local queer community.
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM, closed Monday and Tuesday
Location: Calle Dr. Enrique Gonzalez Martinez 10, Santa María la Ribera
2- Frida Kahlo Museum
The artist’s works and a number of her personal belongings are on display in her former home, also known as the Casa Azul. Openly bisexual in a time when the LGBT community was afforded little to no legal protection, Kahlo built an image for herself as a bold, outspoken artist… an image that makes her a cultural icon still today. The museum serves as a tribute to both her career and her unwillingness to live her life on anyone’s terms but her own. Be sure to check out the ongoing exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo which explores her identity and self-expression through the clothes she wore.
Hours: Tuesday 10 AM – 5:30 PM, Wednesday 11 AM – 5:30 PM, Thursday through Sunday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, closed Mondays and a number of other days… confirm hours with the museum
Location: Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán