What you'll do
Queer History at the Historic Center's Main Landmarks In this part, Part 2 of 2, of the Gay History experience, we will learn about Mexico's LGBT history as it developed after the clash of East & West, when the Aztecs met the Spaniards, 500 years ago. We will talk about a nun who asked the Pope for permission to dress and live like a man in the New World. You will see the Inquisition's burning grounds for sodomites; a Diego Rivera mural at Alameda park where men had fun under, the only openly LGBT monument in town & the subway's gayest station. By the Juárez plaza we will learn of García-Lorca's frustrated visit to Mexico," the Holocaust & of a Mexican diplomat who rescued thousands from the Nazis. In Chinatown we will understand the introduction of drugs into the LGBT community & discover the life of a great American gay writer in Mexico while in a centenary cantina. At the Convent of San Francisco we will talk about the only known escapee from the Inquisition & be appalled by the French pastries' inheritance. We will see the shoe styles worn at the famous Cross-Dressing Ball of "Those 41" in 1901 & stroll past the office of Dr. Fagg above the first porn cinema. Before going to Gay Bar Row & the Mariachi plaza, we will see the main cruising street & alley, learn about the bath circuit, the Army's LGBT policy & porn censorship while discovering amazing gay art.
For decades, first as a hobby & then as a professional activity, I have researched & shared the history of diversity that has been forgotten, left hidden or in the closet for most of its parts to help advance the fight for equality. I have earned my National Tour Guide License & a Hosting Diploma by Walt Disney University in Florida. My curated & focused walks showcase the Women's, Indigenous, LGBT & Jewish sides of history in Mexico at its main monuments & surroundings. I thrive to show our vast history, arts & traditions; from Mexico before Mexico & its founding in 1325 A.D. to date; not in a boring way but in one that I expect may amuse you. I share the stories from the diverse communities that shaped us at places where it happened. Malintzin, Luis Carvajal, Sor Juana, Salvador Novo, Frida Kahlo & Robert Brady are a part of it.
Entrance to all venues visited is included.
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During the 3.5 hour walk, we will visit Alameda Park's hidden LGBT-related corners, the human-rights-related sites at the Juárez complex, Chinatown, the city's largest bakery at the former Convent of San Francisco, the Shoe Museum, Main (Madero) Street, the Army Museum, Tolsá Plaza, the Telecomm Museum, the Historic Center's Gay Bar Row and the world-famous Mariachi musicians gathering at Garibaldi Plaza among the Prohibition Plazas.
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
This is a 2-mile (3.5km), 3.5-hours walk, mostly under the sun, with very few restroom stops available. Water & liquids aren't allowed inside exhibits, as tour follows a forward-only route there are no check-ins, please don't bring liquids. Water & drinks available to buy in 2nd half. Come prepared!
Discover the Gay History of Town Part #2
$26 / person
$26 / person