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Mexican President Apologizes For Saying Transgender Lawmaker Is A ‘Man Dressed As A Woman’

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador apologized for referring to a trans-identifying lawmaker as a man, following an incident where he kissed the lawmaker on the cheek and made the comment during a press conference.

The lawmaker, Salma Luevano, expressed the importance of the president’s apology and emphasized choosing the “identity” as a woman.

Luevano, who became an LGBTQ activist after facing discrimination in the 1990s, highlighted the significance of representation in decision-making spaces. (Trending: Trump Defies Court And Delivers Closing Argument At Civil Fraud Trial)

El País reported, The Mexican president said, “I also kiss men,” and then referred to Luevano as “a man dressed as a woman.”

“I want to… offer an apology to a colleague who identifies as a woman,” said the President the following day.

“Today the president @lopezobrador_ offered me an apology for making a bad generalization. This declaration is very important, because it makes visible a fight that has taken us decades,” wrote Luevano.

“I am a woman … and that is not up for discussion. Now to wait for the president to receive me,” Luevano.

Luevano previously said, “That a trans woman arrives in these decision-making spaces normalizes what is normal.”

“By educating, she raises awareness, if she raises awareness she creates empathy and by creating empathy she helps lower all hate crime statistics. That is why we cannot allow that door that has already been opened to be closed again,” the lawmaker added.

This incident comes after Luevano and another trans-identifying individual won seats in the Mexican legislature, marking progress for LGBTQ representation in politics.

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