Remembering Jesús Ociel Baena Saucedo: A Tragic Loss for Mexico’s LGBTQ+ Community
In a devastating turn of events, Jesús Ociel Baena Saucedo, Mexico’s first openly non-binary magistrate and a prominent LGBTQ+ activist, was found dead at home in Aguascalientes on November 13, 2023. As the news of Baena’s passing reverberates through the country, questions surround the circumstances of their death and the potential connection to the hate messages and threats they received.
A Trailblazer for LGBTQ+ Rights:
Jesús Ociel Baena Saucedo was more than a magistrate; they were a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ rights in Mexico. As the country’s first openly non-binary magistrate, Baena shattered stereotypes and advocated for inclusivity and acceptance. Baena identified as a non-binary person, contributing to the visibility and recognition of diverse gender identities.
The shocking news of Baena’s death sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Baena’s romantic partner was also found dead in their home, deepening the tragedy that has befallen their loved ones and supporters. The cause of death is currently unknown, and while there is no evidence of foul play at this moment, the circumstances demand thorough investigation.
A History of Threats:
Prior to their untimely death, Baena faced an onslaught of hate messages, threats of violence, and death threats. This alarming history of targeted violence against Baena raises concerns about the potential role that prejudice and discrimination may have played in their tragic fate. Human rights activists are urging authorities to investigate the case from a gender perspective, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by non-binary individuals.
Calls for Justice:
The LGBTQ+ community, human rights advocates, and allies are rallying together to demand justice for Jesús Ociel Baena Saucedo. The circumstances surrounding their death warrant a meticulous investigation, ensuring that any potential link to their gender identity is thoroughly explored. Baena’s untimely departure highlights the persistent challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Mexico and underscores the urgency for comprehensive legal protections.
Vigils and Demonstrations:
In response to Baena’s passing, LGBTQ+ activists are organizing vigils and demonstrations across major cities in Mexico, including Aguascalientes, Mexico City, Monterrey, and beyond. These gatherings serve not only as a tribute to Baena’s legacy but also as a collective call for a society that embraces diversity, equity, and the protection of human rights.