This public experience is given in English. Private group tours in English or Spanish are available. Queer History at the Historic Center's Main Landmarks In this part, Part 1 of 2, of the Gay History experience, you will learn about LGBT pre-Hispanic traditions before these "unspeakable sins" were punished by death by the Spanish Inquisition. You will see the Inquisition's Palace, a prison for sodomites; the Old Customs House & El Camino Real, a safe territory for gay couples centuries ago. At St. Mary of the Instruction we will learn of cloistered lesbians before visiting a street that can be called a "Drag Queens' Paradise." You will learn of homosexuality in the early 20th century next to Frida Kahlo's high school & that of "Los Contemporáneos," a group of gay scholars. We will talk about being a lesbian & a feminist in the 17th century as we visit former men-only Moneda Street, old economic hub of the Spanish empire. You will stand at the site of Latin America's first equal marriage and learn of the LGBT-driven founding of the National Human Rights Commission at its original site. All top famous buildings in the Historic District line the full way. We will guide you to many more surprising, centuries-old secrets along the way amidst old theaters, hotels & cantinas, including the beginning of 'Gay Bar Row' which you can visit in full in Part 2, booked separately.
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.
En route between the main square and the 16th century city limits, we will discover the hidden LGBT part of history by walking on the scene and visiting hidden corners, buildings and rooms in the Historic Center with stories seldom told. We will visit hook-up cantinas, discover the distance between the Virreine and her lover nun, learn about the interpretation of monuments and sites by gay men at the turn of the 20th century and much, much more.
This is a 2-mile (3.2km), 3.5-hrs walk, mostly under the sun, with only 2 restroom stops. We begin on the dot & do not wait for missing participants. Liquids aren't allowed inside exhibits, please be willing to dispose of your containers. This experience goes on rain or shine. Please come prepared.