While transgender individuals are ridiculed and hated in some parts of the world, Muxes by Nicola Okin Frioli is a photo series that shows how they are revered in Mexico. Seen as a symbol of good luck, they are considered "pueblo oaxacaqueno de Juchitan," which means "princesses in a land of machos." Proudly walking down the street in women's clothing, "the homosexuals of Juchitan have gained a place in economical and political activities, normally reserved to men," according to Beautiful Decay.
If the world embraced even a touch of Mexico's admiration and respect of homosexuals, it would be a significantly better place. As it stands, Muxes by Nicola Okin Frioli, a photographer based in Mexico City, captures a rarity that deserves the Pride Photo Award 2013 it recently received. The images are colorful and intriguing.