A community kitchen has opened up in Mexico City, cooking up pride for at-risk LGBT citizens in the Mexican capital.
‘Manos Amigues’ in downtown Mexico City provides a safe space in a country where discrimination is still commonplace.
Locals of any gender identity or sexual orientation can come in for a warm meal and even a drag show. Facilities also include a library, theatre and art gallery and organisers hope to expand to include a shelter.
Although more than half of Mexico’s states recognise gay marriage and legislation on discrimination is in force, access to those rights is uneven.
According to a recent study by Fundacion Arcoiris, a local group advocating LGBT rights, over 60% of transgender women have been victims of violence. Nearly 40% of homosexual men and transgender women reported HIV testing as a requirement for employment.
‘Manos Amigues’ hopes that the capital’s first LGBT kitchen will help to break down barriers affecting the community in Mexico.
(Production: Josue Gonzalez, Manuel Carrillo, Paul Vieira)