JUCHITÁN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 16: Mexican women of Zapotec origin, wearing traditional Tehuana dress, take part in the traditional procession during the Muxes Festival on November 16, 2018 in Juchitán, Mexico. The Zapotec indigenous society traditionally divides people into three genders: male, female and muxes. The third gender (muxes) represents those who identify different as they were assigned at birth. Although the three gender system originates in pre-Hispanic indigenous culture, the phenomenon of muxes dressing publicly as women started in the 1950s and has been gaining popularity until today. (Photo by Jan Sochor/Getty Images)

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Isthmus culture is strong in this friendly town, where about 30 different neighborhood velas (festivals) fill the calendar with music, dancing, drinking, eating and fun from April to September. Juchitán is also famed for its muxes – openly gay, frequently cross-dressing men, who are fully accepted in local society and hold their own vela in November.


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