Amaranta Gómez – Mexico

amaranta2Amaranta Gómez Regalado identifies as Muxhe, Zapotec of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Amaranta has been a social activist for more than 20 years at the local, regional and international level in areas of health, sexuality, human rights and cultural promotion. They were the first Muxhe/trans Mexican candidate to a federal deputy for the former Mexico Possible Party, recognized by the Federal Electoral Insititute.

Amaranta is Regional Secretary for the International Secretariat of the Indigenous and Afro-descendants working Group on HIV/AIDS, Sexuality and Human Rights (SIPIA) and a Leader of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) and holds a degree in social anthropology, specializing in gender studies, sexuality and human rights. Amaranta is undergoing studies at the University of Veracurzana in Veracruz, Mexico. Ms. Gómez was the former regional secretary of ILGA-LAC, for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2014 to 2016 and the former Co-director of the International Fund for Trans People from 2014-2017. Amaranta was also technical secretary of the First Municipal Council against Discrimination in Xalapa, Veracruz from 2016-2017. They are a current citizen assembly member of the National Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination (CONAPRED) and coordinator for Latin America of TGV’s TvT project.