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New Mexico

News from within the borders of New Mexico and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in New Mexico, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals--activists, politicians, and allies--who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.

Two More Trans Americans Reported Killed in 2021

Za'niyah Williams and Nikki Turietta both died by violence in December.

Google Honored Two-Spirit Leader for Native American Heritage Month

The late We:wa of the Zuni people is remembered as a spiritual leader who helped popularize indigenous art and who stood up to the U.S. government as settlers approached Zuni land.

Roger Montoya, Shamed by GOP for Gay Porn Past, Wins N.M. Election

The New Mexico Democrat pledged to "build bridges" following an antigay campaign against him from conservatives.

Saving Indigenous Trans Women

A New Mexico task force held a special meeting this week to address violence against trans and queer Indigenous people.

GOP Attempt to Shame N.M. Candidate for His Gay Porn Past Backfires

Roger Montoya is not backing down, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico and his supporters stand with him.

Native American Drag Star Lady Shug Is More Than Glamour

This indigenous advocate has their sights set on more than pageants or shows.

Democrats Flip Another House Seat With New Mexico Victory

Xochitl Torres Small's win brings the Democrats' gain to 39 seats, according to CNN.

84 Photos From the Largest Pride Celebration in New Mexico

Albuquerque Pride mounted their 42nd annual PrideFest celebrating the LGBTIQ community in New Mexico.

Transgender Woman and Housemate Murdered in New Mexico

Zakaria Fry and Eugene Carroll Ray had been missing since January.

Why Are There No Gay Bars in Santa Fe?

A gay traveler finds unexpected treasures in New Mexico's capital -- which do not include go-go boys.

Genderqueer Artist Liv Lombardi Explores Desire in Retro Lo-Fi Video

Singer-songwriter Liv Lombardi shares her experience of falling for a woman in a new video for "Hazel & White."

PHOTOS: Albuquerque Pride Began With a Vigil -- Before the Orlando Shooting

In a prescient moment, the June 9 morning ceremony honored all those LGBT people whose lives have been lost.

Hillary Clinton Declares 'History Made'

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the first woman to head a major party's ticket, has added to her delegate count.


Growing Support for N.M. Couple Targeted for Hate

Trans man Tommy Sloan and his boyfriend tell The Advocate it's because they're gay that they have been the repeated victims of vandals, and yet police won't call it a hate crime..

WATCH: New Mexico Could Get a 'License to Discriminate'

Like other such proposals, it would let businesses or individuals get away with turning away LGBT people by citing religious objections.

Mom Accused of Sexually Assaulting Lesbian Daughter

Police say a Las Cruces, N.M., woman beat and sexually assaulted her daughter in an effort to stop her from being a lesbian.

Supremes Won't Hear Antigay Photographer's Case

The court declined to consider the case of a photography business that claimed its refusal to serve a same-sex wedding was not discrimination but a legal exercise of religious freedom.

Meet Santa Fe's First Openly Gay Mayor

Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday night.

New Mexico Clerk Who Launched Marriage Equality Donates Leftover Funds

Dona Ana county clerk Lynn Ellins issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state last August, and is now donating to a statewide marriage equality organization the leftover funds he raised to help pay his legal fees.

N.M. Gov. Won't Push Anti–Marriage Equality Measure

Marriage equality is 'now the law of the land,' says Gov. Susana Martinez, who earlier had advocated a popular vote on the matter.