Trans candidate in Mexican elections aims to “break the circle” of discrimination

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    A transgender candidate in Mexico’s legislative elections is looking to break ground and confront worsening violence against their community.

    Left-leaning Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is poised to see his party strengthen state control in Sunday’s mid-term elections. Within his coalition is deputy candidate, Maria Clemente García Moreno. She is seeking to become the first trans woman in Mexican Congress.

    In data compiled from 2019, 117 people from the LGBTQ+ community were killed in Mexico, up almost a third compared from 2018, and the highest since 2015, according to a local advocacy group.

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    Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking nation. Mexico City is its capital city and largest metropolis.

    Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.

    Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.

    Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.

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