Muxes – Mexico's third gender



In Juchitán, Mexico, muxes – children identified as male at birth, but who choose at a young age to be raised as female – are embraced as part of the community. Being muxe is often confused with being transgender, but it is an identity specific to the Oaxaca region and the indigenous Zapoteca culture. Having a muxe person in the family has come to be seen as good luck and even a blessing. But life outside Juchitán is not always easy. 

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For the documentary Muxes, the director Shaul Schwarz reconnects with the characters and culture he photographed extensively from 2002-06 

Key credits
Director: Shaul Schwarz 
Cinematography: Shaul Schwarz, Kike Arnal, Luke Boelitz 
Editors: Armando Croda and Noah Payne-Frank 
Online editor: Ken Macfarlane
Production: Reel Peak Films 
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton 
Commissioned by the Guardian and The Filmmaker Fund 

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49 comments

  1. The person who first spoke, I couldn’t catch their name, was breathtaking to me. They’re so pretty, and their voice is so soft and nice. They seem like such a lovely gentle person.

  2. 2 Pedro 3:9
    Reina-Valera 1960
    9 El Señor no retarda su promesa, según algunos la tienen por tardanza, sino que es paciente para con nosotros, no queriendo que ninguno perezca, sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento.

  3. VEO TANTO Y CREO QUE MUCHOS LUGARES DEBERIAN APRENDER DE ESTA CIUDAD YA QUE ACA LOS MUXES DE ALGUNA MANERA SON ACEPTADOS POR LA FAMILIA, A COMPARACION DE OTROS LUGARES DONDE LOS GOLPEAN DESPRECIAN POR SU CONDICION , TODOS SOMOS SERES HUMANOS ESO ES LO IMPORTANTE QUE DEBE ESTAR EN NUESTRA CABEZA Y A CADA UNO MIS RESPETOS. EL VIVIR EN ARMONIA Y PAZ ES A LO QUE ASPIRAMOS . BENDICIONESSS

  4. So they are basically trying to say that My Abba made a mistake ??! Y'all keep on with these lies, believe me when The Most High hits this place y'all won't be saying these Blasphemy ever again.

  5. So there’s a native tribe who has several names for the “social identities” in their society, because they realize that they all contribute something unique to their special society. It’s not fighting against the social norms that’s important, but fighting with it. Like a current. Swim with it and it and it will take you to shore. We will look back sadly on these days when we were so ignorant.

  6. If Mexicans are being forced to adopt the term Latinx we lose out on the opportunity to learn the old indigenous terms that has existed for hundreds of years. Latinx is just a terribly lazy term that’s literally white-washes their whole experience to some forced wore term from America. Nah keep showing me the indigenous words the indigenous peoples.

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