A lesbian couple in Mexico have shared a sad story of discrimination with Mexican news outlets recently — their children were denied access to three different schools on account of the mothers’ same-sex marriage.
Martha and her partner decided to keep their names confidential to protect their family’s and children’s identities. The mothers filed a complaint with Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminacion de la Ciudad de Mexico. The complaint claims that in July 2015, their oldest daughter who was 2 years of age at the time, was denied entry into Olinca in San Angel.
The mothers’ were given a tour of the school and Martha asked if there were children with other LGBT parents. Martha told Animal Politico that the school director replied, “No, we don’t have a problem with that, so long as they don’t make a scene in front of the children.” The director later said they didn’t want parents to “disrespect” anyone.
The mothers then tried to enroll their kids at Senda as the staff seemed supportive of their modern family, until suddenly they weren’t and the kids were denied entry.
“They began by telling me that they wanted the school to be more open, but unfortunately, the parents of the other children were very ‘Catholic’ and they couldn’t accept my children,” Martha said. “Plus the school didn’t want the other children to bully my children for having two moms. They said they preferred to ‘protect’ them and shield them from that ‘suffering.”
The moms then tried Mikinder in Jardines del Pedregal, and were also denied.
When asked about the complaint, the mothers said they don’t want their kids to go to any of those schools now after being denied entry. Their intent for the complaint is to warn other parents in the hopes that no other families have to go through the same ordeal.