Be welcome

Mexico is one of the world's most popular tourism destinations, popping up #10 on UNWTO charts as the number of overseas tourists visiting in 2016 climbed to nearly 35 million. With beaches along the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean and a mountainous interior laced with jungles and deserts, it offers ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, Spanish colonial architecture, world-class museums, distinctive arts and crafts and sleek boutiques and clubs. Cartel activity has made travel in some parts of the country unsafe.

It's a popular LGBTQ destination particularly in the Pacific resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco and the big cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara, nicknamed "the San Francisco of Mexico." While rural areas may be less welcoming, the country's anti-discrimination law protects the LGBT community and sex changes are legally recognized.

In June 2015, a ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court quietly legalized same-sex marriages by overruling state laws defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Previously, they were legal only in Mexico City and in the states of states of Coahuila (near Monterrey) and Quintana Roo (on the Yucatan Peninsula).