Fresnillo mayor elect says, he is proud of being gay, but admitted he is against same sex marriage.
By H. Nelson Goodson
August 4, 2013
Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico - Newly elected Fresnillo Mayor Benjamín Medrano Quesada, 47, of Nochistlán, a Catholic admitted to media outlets that his is against same sex marriage, but he openly ran for office as a gay candidate for the PRI party. He became the first openly gay politician in Mexico to get elected.
Medrano Quesada owns and sings at his gay bar in Fresnillo and has been in the bar business for the last 18 years, according to the Excelsior dot com.
Medrano Quesada told El Milenio dot com, that he came out of the closet when he was 20-years old and began his first gay discotheque El Escándalo in Zacatecas, and owns La Querida bar in the capitol and La Catrína bar in Fresnillo. He also said, other "elected public officials don't have the pants to come out of the closet."
He also admitted that he had entered the U.S. illegally as an undocumented immigrant when he was a child and used to send his family $30.00 a week.
He began his political career with Ricardo Monreal, when they were PRI members about 18 years ago. Then in 1998, they changed party and joined the PRD. Afterwards, he changed party again and in 2011, he broke from the PRD and returned to the PRI party.
Medrano Quesada was born in Nochistlan and is one of 11 brothers.
Fresnillo has a population of 230 thousand people. The Zeta and Gulf Cartels drug routes come through the municipality and violence hasn't spared Fresnillo.
The Fresnillo mayor is not worried about the drug cartels because he is not connected to any of them, according to Medrano Quesada.