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Who are the Muxes and why are they so loved in Oaxaca?


¿Quiénes son los muxes y por qué se les aprecia tanto en Oaxaca? Many thanks to Transgender Advocate Gislenne Zamayoa from our sister group at Grupo de Personas Trans x los objetivos!!! both asking and answering this on a Facebook Post

Conozca el valor de nacer con un “tercer sexo”. Becuase the people of Oaxaca know the value of being born with a “third sex”.

< Zapotec < Spanish Mujer ‘woman’. Muxes are people who embrace their masculinity simultaneously with their feminity. While somewhat akin to what we understand as gender fluid, there are substantial differences. Muxes according to definition are “men who live as women” and accordingly, are a peace with this.

So in the last 10 years, we have had a lot of victories. Becuase before that, they hated us for dressing like the women from here in the traditional garments of Juchitec women. But now it’s not like that any more people see us normally. No one really cares how you dress, people actually cheer if you look good also you earned it, it’s not their money. With the passing of time the way people view life changes and everything going on with the Muxes as well.

Muxe of Oaxaca Zapotec cultures Cultivated Present day Equality for Transexuals

They say its similar to being transgender but with peculiar characteristics. So Muxes for me is a different gender Here in Juchitan at least it is normality, Here people accept you and let you do what you want

MUXES from Ivan Olita on Vimeo.

I believe that societies that embrace their minorities are remembered with love which increases exponentially over time as memories transition to living pride enabling all with a sense of strength and identity.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. It will be intersting to see if an ” M” will be added to the LGBTQAAI acronym. We might just have to rename our wonderful family


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