In the latest Guardian documentary we meet three muxes, people whose gender identity is unique to the Oaxaca region and the indigenous Zapoteca culture. Being muxe is often confused with being transgender, but it is an identity specific to the Oaxaca region and the indigenous Zapoteca culture. Having a muxe person in the family has come to be seen as good luck and even a blessing. For the documentary Muxes , the director Shaul Schwarz reconnects with the characters and culture he photographed extensively from Muxes is commissioned by the Guardian in collaboration with The Filmmaker Fund. Shaul Schwarz is an award-winning photojournalist based in Brooklyn, New York.
Inside the cross-dressing community of the southern state of Oaxaca
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Many of the men who live here have just come back from working at the oil refinery; many women have returned from selling crafts at the marketplace. One man, age thirty, takes off his schoolteacher clothes and showers. When he has dried himself off, he puts on a corset and wig and applies dramatic makeup to contour his face. Across town, through the blanched walls of the church and past the bustling marketplace, an older man layers golden necklaces over his starched white button-down, while his maid hands him a pair of black slacks. Elsewhere, a woman pulls on tight pleather shorts and puts pasties on her exposed breasts, preparing for a performance. Skin is tucked, squished and exposed in tight dresses of glittering fabric, or completely covered in indigenous embroidered gowns. The muxe gender encompasses a range of identities that are between the male-female binary.
Muxes: gender-fluid lives in a small Mexican town
By James Gordon For Dailymail. Muxes are born biologically male but mix gay and feminine identities with their destinies often mapped out by their parents at a very young age. Far from being marginalized or persecuted, the homosexuals of the 'pueblo oaxacaqueno de Juchitan' in southern Mexico, with their striking dress and intricate makeup, are revered and have been since the time of the Aztecs more than five hundred years ago.
We were speaking in Spanish, with its gendered nouns and pronouns. There is only one form for all people. Muxes have never been forced to wonder: are they more man or woman?