The first person in Mexico to receive a non-binary passport — which does not specify the holder’s gender — was found dead Monday in the country’s north, authorities said.
The Aguascalientes state prosecutor’s office said the body of Jesús Osiel N, a “judge” and activist in the LGBTIQ+ community, and the body of another person were found in a house in Aguascalientes.
The prosecution adds that this death “may be related to an issue of a personal nature,” ruling out the presence of a third person at the scene.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.
Jesús Osiel Baena, 38, announced that he is non-binary, neither man nor woman.
In October 2022, Baena became the first non-binary judge on an electoral tribunal in Mexico, in the state of Aguascalientes.
In May, Baena obtained the first passport without mentioning the holder’s gender.
Former Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard then paid tribute to the “historic day” during this presentation on May 17, the date on which the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia was declared.
At the end of July, Baena revealed that the authorities had granted him protection measures in the face of the “multiple attacks” and “death threats” he received on his social media networks.