Google Maps has created the route of pride that marks the 24 kilometers in Mexico City, the different places that have been of great importance for the defense of the rights of this community in the largest city in Latin America.
What is the route of pride
It is a map drawn on Google Maps that indicates, as a route with a start and end, the most important places in the city for the LGTBIQ+ collective and the allied people who support them.
During the tour, Google shows users sites that have been historical in the fight for the rights of this movement, places of entertainment, art centers, libraries and other places of interest.
The pride route covers a 24.5-kilometer route in which sectors such as Condesa, Roma, Centro Histórico and Zona Rosa will be visited, neighborhoods where key places for the history of this community in the city are found. For example, in Condesa there is the “Condesa Comprehensive Transgender Clinic”, where the medical care service has been provided for trans people living in Mexico City.
There is also the General Hospital of Mexico City, where the first sex reassignment surgery was performed.
These places related to access to health services by the trans population of the city, are of special interest during these dates, taking into account that one of the ways in which members of the group have been violated over the years has been by denying them medical care, especially transgender women, Furthermore, since the end of the 1960s, they have become the most active group within this movement in activities of social vindication.
The Cultural Center for Diversity is located in the Roma neighborhood, which works to create artistic spaces with LGTBIQ+ themes and their problems, in addition to collaborating with projects that encourage citizen participation, thus generating spaces for peace and inclusion in the city.
Continuing with “art stops”, “ArtSpace Mexico” is another stage that supports emerging artists by exhibiting their works of art and collecting profits to support the community through different projects.
In the Historic Center, Google Maps marks “Manos Amigues”, which stands out for being the first community kitchen for LGTBIQ+ people who are in a difficult economic situation after losing their jobs, as a result of the health emergency caused by covid 19 .
As for street art, on Dr. Mora street, on one side of the José Martí Cultural Center, you can see the commemorative plaque of the “Baile de los 41”, accompanied by a work of art in relief that shows two naked men forming number 41, authored by Reynaldo Velázquez.
To have a coffee, Google Maps recommends Calle Amberes, which was the first gay area in Mexico City, it is located in the Zona Rosa and there you can find a wide variety of bars, restaurants and pubs designed for the LGTBIQ+ community.
In this same area you can also find the “Somos Voces” bookstore, with a large number of titles on gender, feminism, new masculinities, human rights and sexual diversity, and which also has a cafeteria to enjoy reading for a while.
But Google not only designed this route of pride, but also created the following commands for your voice assistant, with which you can celebrate on June 28:
– Hey Google, happy pride day!
– Hey Google, let your pride shine
– Hey Google, tell me some facts about LGBTQ
What does the LGTBIQ+ community celebrate on June 28?
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Riots took place in New York City. On that date, during a police raid on a bar in the US city, people who were in and around the site were victims of abuse by the authorities. After the violent incident, members of the community, especially trans women who were also segregated for being African-American, as defenders of different social causes, began to demonstrate against discrimination and hate attacks.
Likewise, the decade of the 1960s was key for social movements, since many of them began to gain strength and recognition in United States society, such as the African-American movement for civil rights and the demonstrations against the Vietnam War.