Wave of transgender slayings in Mexico spurs anger and protests by LGBTQ+ community

January 16, 2024

The slayings marked a violent start to the year in a country where the LGBTQ+ community is often targeted. The killings spurred outrage among members of the LGBTQ+ community who protested in Mexico City’s main throughway on Monday. Over the past six years, the rights group Letra S has documented at least 513 targeted killings of LGBTQ+ people in Mexico. Just last year, the violent death of one of the most recognizable LGBTQ+ figured in Mexico, Ociel Baena, sparked a similar wave of outrage and protests. Due to high levels of corruption and overall disfunction in Mexico’s government, around 99% of crimes in Mexico go unsolved.