The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

In the article Forging “Moral Geographies” Law, Sexual Minorities and Internal Tensions in Northern Mexico Border Towns. It states that in early May 2002, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, became the first city to enact the new ordinance in the name of “good conduct” as part of the revised “Police and Good Governance Code”

In the year of 2002 The local council of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, passed an amendment to the city’s “Police and Good Governance Code”, penalizing “men who dress as women and move around public places, causing perturbation as a ‘moral offense’ and punished them with arrest and a fine equivalent to 40 days of the minimum wage ” (Article 34.15, Chapter VI).

Practically what this states is if you are a biological male who chooses to dress in women’s clothes, you could get arrested in northern Mexico. According to the “good conduct” code dictating that cross-dressing men be arrested and or fined in the Pacific coast state of Baja California.


One of the Organizations that was involved during the time that this code was being enacted was The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). IGLHRC is a non-profit US-based international non-governmental organization.

In 2010, the United Nations Economic and Social Council voted to accredit IGLHRC as one of the NGO’s granted consultative status with the international organization. This allows IGLHRC to attend U.N meetings, contribute statements, and collaborate with United Nations agencies.

During the time of the ordinance the IGLHRC joined Grupo Arcoiris Comunidad Gay Tecate in asking for URGENT letters to be sent to Tecate local councilors, condemning the new formulation of Article 34.15 and demanding its immediate elimination.

MissionIGLHRC Square

They are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to effectively conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide.

What they do

Four critical goals shape their work:

  1. Advocate for the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies and practices, such as sodomy laws, which empower police and other authorities to abuse, harass, extort, imprison and execute us.
  2. Support the enactment and implementation of anti-discrimination laws policies and practices to help build a world that is more equitable and fair.
  3. Strive to reduce family, community and state-sanctioned violence, publicly condemning all forms of violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  4. Actively promote economic, social and cultural rights, such as those related to employment, housing, education and health. -Link relating to the Police and Good Governance Code. – Photo Album -Main Link – Youtube Channel


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