A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

THE MONTH POLL THE STORY: Photo of men kissing went too far for some THE QUESTION: Do you find the billboard photo depicting men kissing to be offensive or in poor taste?

Photo of men kissing went too far for some

Billboards promoting condoms taken down and changed in Aguascalientes

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Billboards showing two men kissing were too much for some residents of Aguascalientes, where claims of institutional homophobia have put an HIV prevention campaign under the national spotlight.
The advertising is part of a six-month-long, nation-wide campaign designed by National Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, or Censida, to promote condom use as a means to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Text accompanying the photo of the two men depicted on the billboards read: “A thousand ways to love, but only one to protect yourself. Use a condom!”
But on Monday, an unreported number of the billboards were removed by the state’s Health Services Institute, whose director said there had been complaints about the picture. The institute received about 70 phone calls from people who claimed the picture of two bare-chested men kissing made them feel uncomfortable.
“People were unhappy, and they claimed the campaign represented an attack on values,” said Enrique Flores Bolaños, who felt that the billboards were “only promoting the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases” and nothing else.
Local media reported that some of those demanding the removal of the photo belonged to pro-life organizations such as Mexico is One for the Children.
The leader of that group has declared that abstinence and chastity before marriage must be promoted to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
In response, 10 organizations that advocate for human rights and sexual diversity, united under the Movimiento Disidente, or Dissident Movement, demanded the immediate reinstallation of the offending billboards.
A representative declared they were also demanding an explanation from the head of the state Health Secretariat, Francisco Esparza, on the grounds that removal of the billboards represented an act of homophobia.
The leader of one of the organizations, Colectivo SerGay, questioned why the billboards had only been removed in Aguascalientes, because the HIV prevention campaign is national and none have been reported removed elsewhere.
“Only in Aguascalientes have the billboards been removed due to the intolerance of some. This is an act of institutional homophobia and is in clear violation of human rights,” said Manuel Gutiérrez.
Today, without warning, the billboards are back up again, their message unchanged. But the photo is a new one: a woman with her breasts barely covered is being embraced from behind by a man.
Gutiérrez called the change “a mockery” and charged that switching the gay couple for a straight one was a clear sign of “homophobic censorship.”
According to state health official Juan Carlos Torres, the installation and subsequent removal and modification of the billboards was done in coordination and with the authorization of Censida.
Source: El Universal (sp), Reforma (sp), NotiEse (sp)
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