After being requested by the LGBTT community for several years, and thanks to the boom in LGBTT tourism in Puerto Vallarta, yesterday afternoon the Office of Gender Equality was inaugurated in Puerto Vallarta.
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Puerto Vallarta is making steady progress in building an inclusive, plural and diverse citizenship, said Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, at the inauguration of the Office of Gender Equality in the Lázaro Cárdenas Park.
The mayor said that the reason for inaugurating an Office of Gender Equality in Puerto Vallarta is to continue to build a friendly destination, for which “we have already taken very important steps, such as the establishment of same-sex marriages, that became legal in March of last year.”
This office comes to fulfill a huge series of demands that the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual, transgender, transgender, intersexual communities, both locally and abroad, have been petitioning for in the area.
“In this City Hall we will be aware that human rights are respected. With this office we will have advice to guide and help us have a more peaceful and inclusive Puerto Vallarta, a support that is very necessary for everyone,” he said.
The president of the Association of Commerce and Tourism of the LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta, Genaro Mendoza Cruz, stressed that in 2016 Mexico attracted 2.9 million LGBT tourists, with an economic impact of $765 dollars per person, which exceeds in 60% of other types of tourists. It represents 10% of the international tourism in our country and in Puerto Vallarta the percentage is quite higher.
“This office will help us serve LGBT tourism much better, we want them to feel safe and in case of a mishap they are given help quickly and efficiently, not discriminated against,” he added.
Later Arturo Dávalos signed a manifesto addressed to the Vallartenses in which explains that since its consolidation as an international tourist destination, this city has been characterized by providing hospitality, friendliness and high standards of quality to all its visitors.
“Thanks to the interaction, coexistence and cultural exchange with tourists, we have made important advances in the creation of an inclusive, plural and diverse citizenship. Puerto Vallarta is today a city where we consider the respect for differences through dignified, respectful and equal treatment for all people, regardless of nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity to be of primary concern.”