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Mexico Is One Of The Most Violent Places For Trans Women, So This News Out Of Mexico City Is Heartwarming

Around the world the transgender community faces threats of extreme violence, harassment, and even death. In fact, even here in the United States the life expectancy for a trans woman of color is just 35-years-old because we are losing them to increased rates of both violence and suicide.

Things aren’t much better across the border in Mexico. Although there are a number of Indigenous communities across Mexico that welcome the trans community as members of the ‘third sex’ and many of the country’s largest cities are relatively safe for trans people, violence against trans women is rampant. In 2018, a young trans woman was decapitated and her head placed in the central square in the state of Veracruz.

Given the level of violence and harassment against the trans community, news of Mexico City of supporting the community is being openly welcomed.

Mexico City announced it will help support the trans community with monthly allowances to use towards healthcare.

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The trans community has had to combat risks of violence, murder, harassment, and even denial of medical services simply for being trans. Because of this discrimination, the city has proposed an economic program to help trans people receive guaranteed access to healthcare. The program will also help the community avoid discrimination in the healthcare and workplace fields.

According to the mayor’s office, the city is proposing annual support of $24,000 pesos – or about $1,200 USD – paid out monthly to those who sign up. To qualify, participants must be at least 30 years old and can use the funds to obtain healthcare, including hormone treatments and the treatment of other medical issues.

Each month, the city will deposit the equivalent of about $100 USD on a card.

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Right now, the program has a budget of $4.8 million pesos (about $250,000 USD) and it’s being offered to about 200 people a year. The program is vital for many trans women who find it nearly impossible to complete the often medically recommended procedures they need.

The Transgender Europe Observatory for transgender people ranked Mexico as being the second worst nation in the world when it comes to violence against trans women. In the last three years alone, 195 people have been targeted and killed for being trans.

The mayor’s office has insisted it will be a comprehensive program aimed at improving the quality of life for members of the trans community.

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According to Reforma, the mayor, Néstor Núñez, said that the economic program for trans people will be comprehensive, so every Thursday of each month there will be a health day, where dental care, medical check-ups, and more will be provided.

Given the level of violence the trans community faces and the amount of trans people who have been fired or denied a job because of their gender identity, programs like this one are vital.

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Mexico City subway users often complain about malfunctioning escalators that keep breaking down continually. In any given CDMX metro station, you’ll find that escalators are out of order more often than they are functioning. And city officials have offered an explanation that shocked no one—people are peeing on them so much that escalators are corroding. Yup, you read that right.

Of the system’s 467 escalators, 22 are out of service on any given day.

Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation. Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.

One-quarter of escalator breakdowns on the Mexico City Metro are caused by people urinating on them, according to authorities.

The deputy manager of mechanical installations, Fermín Rafael Ramírez Alonso, said that Tacubaya and Chabacano are among the most affected stations.

Maybe—just maybe— stop peeing on escalators?

Ramírez urged users not to urinate on escalators or other Metro installations, because of the damage it causes. “When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramírez said.

But another issue is that there are no public bathroom facilities available.

Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets. “More than this being an issue about ethics or manners, I think that this is happening because of a lack of free and accesible bathrooms in the city,” tweeted one user.

Ramirez also said that other causes for breakdowns include excessively heavy loads, running on the stairs, imbalance on the stairs and objects falling between them.

“There are even users who cut the stairs with knives or other sharp objects, of which we have examples in Tacubaya,” he said, surprising absolutely not one of Mexico City’s users. Many metro users know that vendors even sell knives on subway carriages, as was noted by this tweet.

The biggest problem, subway authorities admit, is that many escalators are old, or have been damaged by rough use.

The city plans to replace about 55 escalators over the next two years. With over 1.6bn rides per year, the Mexico City subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: a 25¢ ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226km) system. Just remember to use the bathroom before setting out.

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