Muxes of Oaxaca celebrate life and diversity in an annual Late Night

The muxe Late Night had its origin in Comitancillo, Oaxaca and later in its native Juchitán and since then its celebration has not stopped.

Juchitán, Oax. – Diversity, tolerance and life were the main guests of the “Authentic Intrepid Seekers of Danger” late night, which was born 48 years ago by muxe members from Juchitán, Oaxaca.

“I was born free, the rest is poetry,” said Elvis Guerra, the queen of the night, during her speech, who highlighted the importance of tolerance, of accepting diversity and of fighting for discrimination and hate crimes to be stopped and punished.

Glamorous and magical, Elvis Guerra headed the nighttime catwalk, which this year brought together 10,000 attendees, in what they call the first and great diversity late night.

The matriarch and organizer of this celebration, Felina Santiago, dressed in a green dress and red hair, demanded punishment for the hate crimes, which mourned this group in 2019 with the murder of its founder, the muxe activist Oscar Cazorla and the recent murder of the magistrate, Ociel Baena Saucedo.

In this area of Oaxaca, men who assume the feminine role are called “muxes.” In this celebration, in addition to taking a walk through the streets of Juchitán and attending a Catholic ceremony, they wear petticoats and huipiles, which is the traditional clothing of Zapotec women. Other muxes wear colorful guayaberas and dark pants, in addition to their ostentatious jewelry.

At the late night of the intrepid, those who attend do not judge, they just enjoy, drink beer, eat and dance.

The night shone for the muxes, Queen Elvis Guerra, with total elegance and wearing sophisticated outfits, paraded alongside artistic names such as Mística, Naomi, Rubitch, Viniza, Felina, Kika and Nasxhielly, among many more.

We celebrate life and tolerance

Edgar Casique Ruiz is a muxe and founding partner of the authentic intrepid seekers of danger. Four years after the crime of his friend, Oscar Cazorla, he demands justice.

He related that the muxe candle had its origin in Comitancillo, Oaxaca and later in his native Juchitán and since then its celebration has not stopped, with the exception of the pandemic and the 2017 earthquake, which destroyed 70 percent of the homes.

Dressed in a guayabera and his pants and a gold necklace, Casique celebrated life and those who are gone.

“Four years have passed and we do not know who killed Oscar Cazorla, his activism was fundamental so that we could be celebrating this great late night today, that is why we demand an end to hate crimes and discrimination.”

Mística is a Zapotec muxe and merchant. Dressed in a black outfit, she arrived elegantly at the party and lived with her guests, with them she celebrated the life and absence of those who came before them.

Mystic, in addition to being a merchant, has also participated in politics, all of them seek to be visible from each of her activities with the sole intention that society respects them.

With what she obtained from the sales of her gelatin, she saved all year to be able to live with her guests and give them traditional snacks such as molotes, shrimp salad, and carbonated and intoxicating drinks.

Amurabi Méndez is a muxe merchant and activist. He organized the diversity and cultural week and with this he emphasized that being diverse is being inclusive.

“We celebrate life and love, we celebrate the acceptance of our parents who accompany us in our late night, this is an inclusive candle, everyone goes, here there is no judgment on the contrary, you dress as you want, you dance and drink to taste, our “The intention is to show that we can all coexist as a society.”

Source: Aristegui Noticias