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Muxes of Juchitan, Oaxaca

There is an innate cultural acceptance — nay, welcoming — of homosexuality in Oaxaca that is integral to the Zapotec community.   Indigenous families throughout the Oaxaca state believe that boys who choose female identity and attributes have special powers.  I have met many lesbian women, especially expatriates living in Oaxaca who find great comfort and acceptance for their lifestyle.  It is no big deal — just part of life.  Much has been written by anthropologists and sociologists about Zapotec sexual identity and I am not an expert.  So, I would refer you to other sources if you’d like to know more.  Meanwhile, the link above takes you to a NY Times story published on December 7, 2009 that has a bit of explanation.  The Muxes of Juchitan, Oaxaca

Juchitan is at the apex of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, six hours south of Oaxaca city by bus through a treacherous mountain highway on the way to Chiapas and Guatemala.  Zapotec rulers came here to build a stronghold against and to escape the Aztecs and it was the center of political life.  From Juchitan it is easy to get to the coast — to Huatulco, Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido.  The fabulous embroidered huipiles resplendant with huge floral patterns are the hallmark of Juchitan women, who are famous for their strength and independence and beauty.