Getting Away

07.19.13

Mexican Transgenders Dream of Immigration

At home, they face discrimination.

In Mexico, where many states don’t consider gender-orientation discrimination a crime, it’s dangerous to be transgender. There have been four reported homicides of transgender women in the city of Puebla, a site of internal migration, in the last year. To make matters worse, career options are often limited to sex work and bartending—hairdressing if you’re lucky, says Women’s eNews. However, without familial support (which many lack), making the move to America can be almost impossible, especially with small savings and a loose grasp of the English language. Then, too, “there is the fear of the migration itself,” as one transgender woman explained. “The police they could encounter, the other migrants, other risks they could face along the way. It’s a lot to consider.”