Activists Call for Investigation After Mexico’s First Openly Non-Binary Magistrate Found Dead

Jesús Ociel Baena, Mexico’s first openly non-binary magistrate and a prominent LGBTQ+ activist, has been found dead at home, The Guardian reports. While Mexico’s security minister said authorities were investigating the cause of death, human rights activists have pointed out that Mexican authorities have a history of dismissing murders as crimes of passion and asked for a full investigation into whether Baena’s death was related to their gender identity. Baena was among the most visible LGBTQ+ figures in a country where queer communities are often violently targeted, and had already received death threats.

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