In Summary

  • Mexico’s first openly non-binary member of Judiciary and prominent LGBTQ activist Jesús Ociel Baena at their home.
  • He cleared himself as a non-binary person on June 2022.
  • Their partner was also found dead at the scene.

Mexico’s first openly non-binary member of Judiciary and prominent LGBTQ activist Jesús Ociel Baena at their home.

The body of the magistrate was discovered yesterday in the central city of Aguascalientes,alongside that of a second person who seems to be his partner.

According to a statement from the state attorney-general’s Office,there was no sign that a third person had entered the house.

They said that a sharp object had been found and that preliminary findings suggested the incident could have been a personal matter.

Ociel Baena, primer magistrade no binarie de México
Magistrate Ociel Baena: Photo Courtesy

The LGBTQ+ rights group Letra S has urged local authorities to investigate the deaths thoroughly and without prejudice.

According to Alejandro Brito while speaking with BBC News, the group’s director, said that Baena, who used they/them pronouns, had received many hate messages and even threats of violence and death.

Brito added that Baena had been breaking through the invisible barriers that closed in the non-binary community.

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Who is Jesús Ociel Baena

Se descarta la participación de alguien más en el fallecimiento de Ociel Baena y su pareja | El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo
Jesús Ociel Baena :Photo Courtesy

 

Jesús Ociel Baena was born on 9th December 1984 in Saltillo,Coahuilla in Mexico.
They earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law from the Autonomous University of Coahuilla and a doctorate in electoral law from the Autonomous University of Durango.
Before being appointed magistrate Baena worked as electoral secretary at the National Electoral Institute and as professor of electoral law at the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes.

In June, they were among the first group of people to be issued gender-neutral passports.

He came out of closet in June,2022.

Through his twitter account, he cleared himself as a non-binary person.

“I am a non-binary person, I am not interested in seeing myself as a woman or a man,”

“This is an identity, it is mine and for me, for no one else.” He announced.

He died at 38 years old.

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