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How a skeleton folk saint of death took off with Mexican transgender women

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Betzy Ballesteros, a 26-year-old transgender sex worker, keeps a shrine to Santa Muerte, the skeleton folk saint, in her home. Surrounding the statue are candles, candy and the grainy photos of several friends who were murdered and … Continue reading

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Santa Muerte and transgender sex workers in Mexico

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‘I’m a transgender sex worker’

Betzy Ballesteros as told to Stephen Woodman When I was 14 I came out to my parents as gay and transgender. My mother reacted badly. I left my family home and we stopped speaking for four years.  I started wearing … Continue reading

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Mexican police turn blind eye to murders of transgender women, say activists

MEXICO CITY, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Betzy Ballesteros’ brush with death came on a windy night in December, when a man in a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to the street corner in the Mexican city of Guadalajara … Continue reading

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