Two gay men were arrested on a beach in Tulum, Quintana Roo, not far from the tourist hotspots of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen in Mexico.
Shortly after being handcuffed, a large crowd gathered around the men and the police, voicing their displeasure with the blatant homophobia being perpetrated by the police officers. The police claimed that they received a call that the men were partaking in “immoral acts” and that they were spotted performing oral sex on each other.
The nearby beachgoers all denied this, saying that none of them had noticed them having any form of sex. As the crowd grew, more and more pressure was put on the police to release the men. Some in the crowd even started yelling, “I’m gay too!” as an act of solidarity with the handcuffed couple.
According to Mexico News Daily, one member of the crowd was local politician, Maritza Escalante Morales, who chastised the police’s actions, stating, they were not committing any crime, “they kissed like any other couple.”
Fortunately, because of the adamant crowd, the men were eventually released and not charged with any “immoral acts”.