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Muxes, Mexico’s Ancient Third Gender

“They say it’s like being transgender, but with peculiar characteristics … ”

This beautiful short documentary by Ivan Olita delves into a unique identity in Juchitán, Mexico: a third gender known as muxes.

Many muxes are men who consider themselves women. “Even though we take on a feminine role, we have our own muxe identity, which is what defines us,” one says in the film. “People see it normally. No one really cares how you dress. People actually cheer if you look good.” Though the muxe’s political dimensions have become more complicated in recent years, this film tells a moving story of personal and community acceptance that is unique to the region.