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In this “Pink Spring,’ Mexico’s LGBT murder rate takes center stage

Mexico's LGBT life takes center stage.

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At Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival, a problem that is plaguing Mexico is taking center stage via the big screen.

“La Primavera Rosa en Mexico” or “Pink Spring in Mexico” is a 23 minute documentary that is a part of a larger series focusing on LGBT life globally.

The series starts with a major focus on LGBT life in Tunisia and then moves to Russia focusing on not only the life and triumphs of the activists on behalf of gay rights in these communities but also the territory they have left to approach.

The third installment focuses on LGBT life in Mexico is one of a direct contrast, although gay marriage has been legal in Mexico since 2010, Mexico ranks second in the world in the rate of murders committed against the LGBT population.

A 2016 survey from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and Intersex Association shared the 52% of those surveyed believed that homosexuality should be considered a crime.

And for some it may mean that being a part of the LGBT community is a punishment by death. According to the Chamber of Deputies, between 2002 and 2007, 1,000 people were murdered in homophobic crimes, a total that placed Mexico directly behind Brazil with the second-highest rate of hate crimes against LGBT individuals in the world.
“La Primavera Rosa” (The Pink Spring) approaches these issues from a global perspective and expands on them in a multi-platform documentary series and focuses on all aspects, from legislation to activism.

The film will be screened on the fourth day of the festival, April 29th, the film festival runs from April 26th to the 30th.

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