The Catholic Church continues to exercise a great deal of influence over Mexican society, though this has not stopped the movement towards greater equality for members of the LGBT community. However, it is worth noting that Mexico is not a homogenous society and that older, more traditional communities are perhaps less welcoming of change than the urban, cosmopolitan areas of Mexico. Consequently, when it comes to gay rights, you will find that although you can legally get married in Mexico if you are gay, this is only the case in Mexico City and Quintana Roo, although all other states are obliged to recognise marriages performed in Mexico City.

There is still a long way to go for gay men, lesbians, transsexuals, and anyone in between, to be afforded the same rights as their straight counterparts throughout Mexico. However, Mexico City has become almost a haven for those in same-sex relationships, where it is possible to get married, adopt children and where there is some legal protection against discrimination. It is therefore understandable why there is such a thriving gay scene in this particular city of Mexico. Zona Rosa, known for its pink cobblestones, is an area of Mexico City most associated with the gay community, because of the wide range of gay bars, cafés, clubs, restaurants and other gay-friendly businesses.

As well as being famous for its gay social scene and nightlife, Zona Rosa is also where the main celebration of gay pride takes place. Held in June, the March of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Transsexual and Intersexual Pride attracts thousands of visitors. There is a parade that takes place through the area, ending up in the Glorieta de la Palma, whilst businesses display rainbow-coloured balloons and flags. Nightclubs and bars open at midday and attract members of the LGBT community with all the festivities on offer. This is not only an opportunity to party; there is also a chance to highlight important social and health issues that affect the gay community, such as AIDS.

Alongside Zona Rosa, there are other areas of Mexico City that are popular with the LGBT community, including the Plaza Garibaldi and an area of Avenida Insurgentes South where there are gay bars and gay-friendly establishments to be found, although Zona Rosa is the largest.

As well as Mexico City appealing to the LGBT community, Cancún in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is also a popular destination for gay men. You can enjoy the gay-owned beachfront hotels and the gay beaches in the area. Plus, there is an exciting gay club scene and a couple of large events to celebrate gay pride. There is the Cancún International Gay Festival which is held in May and has all the usual features of a Gay Pride festival, as well as the Cancún Mayan Riviera Gay Fall Festival in November where you can have some fun raving the night away at one of the various beach parties or club events that are held.

Puerto Vallarta is another area of Mexico that has become increasingly popular with gay men, overtaking Guadalajara and Acapulco as a desirable holiday destination. It has everything a gay clientele could ask for, from gay bars and clubs to its own gay beach. So gay-friendly is the area, that is has been referred to as the "San Francisco of Mexico". As well as the numerous gay facilities on offer, you can also enjoy Latin Fever, a popular event that takes place in November, where you are able to take in the party atmosphere and dance to your heart’s content!

Clearly, then, there is plenty to do for the gay tourist in Mexico. However, it is worth remembering that in a conservative, Catholic country like Mexico, there are certain areas where it could potentially be dangerous to be open about your sexuality. Thus, it might be worth finding those areas with established gay communities and events, so that your sexuality will be less of an issue.

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