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“¡No pasarán!” (Cesar, 12 years old)

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 17, 2016) His name may be Cesar, and he may be around 12 years old – in any case, this young Mexican boy is a hero. On September 10, 2016, he stood up to a crowd of people on a boulevard in Celaya, a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Photographer Manuel Rodríguez captured the scene for eternity.

What had happened? In June of 2015, the Mexican constitutional court had ruled any ban of same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, and president Enrique Peña Nieto had announced his intention to legalize gay marriage in all of Mexico. Shortly after that, ultra-Catholic and homophobic groups organized a national day of action to “defend traditional families” for September 10, 2016.

In most bigger Mexican cities, counter-demonstrations (i.e. for same-sex marriage) were announced for the same day, many of which happened at the same time as the homophobic marches. With the slogan and hashtag “Todos somos familia” (We all are family), many celebrities in Mexico supported the gay-friendly demonstrations, such as actor Luis Gerardo Méndez (see following video, in Spanish).

So there were two demonstrations in the city of Celaya on that day: The homophobic demonstration organized by a Catholic group had mobilized 11,000 people. The opposed and gay-friendly camp consisted of just one protester: This approximately 12-year-old boy who we call “Cesar” and whose real identity is not known.

Cesar opposes homophobic demonstration in Celaya

¡No pasarán! ©Manuel Rodríguez

Now as the protesters, led by three vehicles with flashing blue lights, came along a blocked boulevard, Cesar positioned himself about fifty or hundred meters in front of them. There he stood, alone and in the middle of the boulevard, with his arms stretched out as if he wanted to just stop the vehicles and crowds.

Manuel Rodríguez, a 21-year-old journalist captured this scene for eternity. Cesar told him the reasons for his action: “I have a gay uncle and I just cannot stand this hatred.” This is why he opposed “this march of hate.”

You can see these short moments in the following video:

We do not know the real name of this 10- or 12-year-old boy, and we only see his back – but anyway, we here at Mensgo recommend him as the “Man of the year 2016.”

Frank-S / MensGo
Mains source: Regeneración of September 11, 2016.
Other sources: The Huffington Post of September 12, 2016.

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