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Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Mexico is increasingly broad-minded about sexuality, although the conservative influence of the Catholic Church remains strong. The LGBT community don’t generally adopt a high profile, but rarely attract open discrimination or violence. The legalization of gay marriages in Mexico City has energized gay life in the capital, which has a hip, international bar and club scene. Puerto Vallarta is the gay beach capital of Mexico. There are also lively scenes in places such as Guadalajara, Veracruz, Cancún, Mérida and Acapulco. In June 2016, amidst erupting protests and demonstrations against same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court in Mexico legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark legal ruling that concluded it was unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar gay marriages.

The website www.gaymexico.com.mx has a clickable map linking to gay guides for many cities, while www.gaymexicomap.com also has listings of accommodations, bars and clubs in many cities, and www.gaycities.com is good for Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Cancún. Also well worth checking out is the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association website (www.iglta.org), with worldwide information on travel providers in the gay sector, and www.outtraveller.com.

The Cliníca Condesa is the first of its kind in the country. A flagship health center specializing in sexual health, especially (but not only) LGBT issues, with treatment at no charge, even for foreigners.

Free, confidential HIV rapid testing (prueba rápida de VIH) is available in Mexico City's Zona Rosa gay enclave by AHF Mexico (www.pruebadevih.com.mx).