Despite living in 2021, dealing with Covid-19 and job losses, people still hold a grudge against homosexuals.
Recently, a Canadian couple was on vacation in Mexico. After the police in Tulum received a complaint about "obscene behavior involving several people," men were arrested.
A local women's rights activist Maritza Escalante caught the incident on tape. You can hear one man saying that they're being arrested because they're gay.
The man said:
"We are gay and we were kissing and that's why they are taking us. We are gay."
Despite amazing development and acceptance from many, the LGBTQ+ community is still struggling with stigma and dehumanization.
The onlookers defended the couple.
While someone had an issue with two men kissing, many people who were at the beach tried to free the couple.
Escalante was among the people who tried to help the couple and she shared it all on her Facebook:
"Yesterday, while I was at the beach with my family, we saw the police approach a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, they proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs."
"To my surprise, and that of many who approached [the police], the 'reason' for their arrest was because they were gay and had kissed."
She added that the police were behaving violently. The Quintana Roo Tulum Police wanted to justify brutality, stating, "there are families and children around, and they can't be watching this."
The crowd started shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple's release. As Escalante explained:
"They forcibly took them on the patrol and wouldn't let them go. All of us who were gathered were upset with the situation. We told [the police] they were not committing any crime, they were not letting go."
"At no point did [the couple] do anything wrong, simply by kissing each other like any other couple, they wanted to [arrest] them. I am furious that in the 21st century, they continue to display this kind of oppression against the LGBT community +. We all deserve the same treatment."
The police statement
The Quintana Roo Tulum Police issued a statement a few days after the incident, which took place on February 21, 2021.
It said that the officers responded to a "vulgar sex act." Further, it stated:
"We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated."
Luckily for the couple, there were more beachgoers ready to fight the good fight. Would they've been released otherwise? And what does it matter if they were kissing near the kids? Straight couples do it all the time.
Some officers said that the couple was doing more than kissing. Yet, no one on the beach saw the alleged sex, and instead, only saw the men kissing. But, nice try.
Here's the video of what is still happening when the police get called for something as outrageous as two adults kissing...