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One Photographer Showcases Mexico's Gender-Defying Indigenous Community

The culture in the Zapotec communities of southern Mexico celebrates and cherishes a group of individuals considered a third gender, referred to as "Muxes."

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Muxes are considered a third gender rather than a sexual orientation.

Nicola Ókin Frioli

Although, both gay and transgender individuals are accepted in the community. Los Muxes (pronounced MOO-shays) translates roughly in Zapotec language to mean "homosexual."

A resident in Juchitan told Nicola:

"Thanks to God, we have one of them in every family. They are like women, they work as a man, but they wash, cook, clean the house and when the other sons will get married and leave, they will stay and look after their old parents."

Look at more of Nicola Ókin Frioli's work, including images from Gay Pride in Mexico.