Mexican Jews Demand LGBT Equality

Members of the Mexican Jewish community and the LGBT Jewish group Guimel posted a video in support of equality in their own country, but also to show support for all the LGBT Jews around the world.

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Bedrich Steiner, a Holocaust survivor who passed away last year, left Mexican gay Jewish group Guimel with a spine-tingling testimony of the “pink triangles” who he met in the concentration camps. Guimel used Steiner’s story in a new social media video that highlights the LGBT community in Mexico.

Members of the Mexican Jewish community and the LGBT Jewish group Guimel posted a video in support of equality in their own country, but also to show support for all the LGBT Jews around the world. The video, which was translated to English and to Hebrew, is titled “Yo Tampoco” (‘Neither do I’) and demands equality for LGBT people.

“In the ghetto of Theresienstadt I had a guide who was attracted to men. His name was Freddie Hirsch. A prominent, smart gay man,” says Bedrich Steiner in the video. “He killed himself in order not to watch other gay guys go to the gas chambers. I hope that this sacrifice was not in vain.”

“In Israel, the LGBT community has achieved so much, and has become an integral and open part of the mosaic that is the Israeli society,” says a member of the community. “They are everywhere, and in all the spheres of life. And I hope that this will happen also here in Mexico.”

Another member says, “I know a few guys who belong to Guimel; they are part of my life and my children’s lives, and they are no different from anyone else. They are great guys, and that’s why I support this wonderful group.”

The testimonials conclude with the words “Neither do I agree to discrimination [against the gay community]” which comes full circle to the title of this community campaign: Yo Tampoco.

Watch the video below