In Mexico, the acceptance of the LGBT community is quite polarized. But in the southern state of Oaxaca they have made room in their culture for the “muxes” (pronounced MOO-shays), or the men who feel they are women. They believe that the muxes are special and carry intellectual and artistic gifts.
Every November, muxes inundate the town for a grand ball that attracts local men, women and children as well as outsiders. A queen is selected; the mayor crowns her. “I don’t care what people say,” said Sebastian Sarmienta, the boyfriend of a muxe, Ninel Castillejo García. “There are some people who get uncomfortable. I don’t see a problem. What is so bad about it?”