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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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