Dylan Mulvaney, a prominent figure in the trans community, has fled the United States, citing a lack of safety. Mulvaney, who recently gained notoriety due to the Bud Light incident, has chosen Peru as his new temporary home.
This decision has raised eyebrows, however, given Peru’s notorious reputation for violence against trans individuals. Mulvaney announced the move in a TikTok video, where he was seen enjoying the scenic beauty of Machu Picchu. “I came here to feel something, you know what I mean? And I definitely have,” he said in the video.
The decision to go to Peru is a curious one. The human rights violations against transgenders in Latin America are deeply rooted in the region’s machismo conservative culture. The culture ostracizes and stigmatizes transgender people, posing them as a serious threat to their health, security, life expectancy, and employment prospects.
Mulvaney’s decision to relocate to Peru has been met with skepticism. Peru, along with the rest of Latin America, is known for its high rates of violence against trans individuals. The LGBT Rights Observatory at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia recorded eight murders of trans women in Peru in 2022, and six more have already been documented this year.
Many transgender individuals in Peru have reported facing significant discrimination, prejudice, and violence, both from individuals and sometimes from institutions such as law enforcement or the healthcare system. This can create barriers to accessing services and can negatively impact their quality of life. Some reports suggest that this discrimination has led to a high rate of suicide among the transgender population in Peru.
In Lima, Peru’s capital, 86% of transgender women have faced discrimination, and over half have experienced domestic violence. The life expectancy of transgender women in Peru is shockingly low, with most not living past their 35th birthday.
Despite these alarming statistics, Mulvaney remains optimistic about his decision. “It’s a little sad that I had to leave my country to feel safe, but that will get better eventually,” he said in his video. He did not provide a timeline for when he expects to return to the U.S.
Perú is not as safe as he thinks.
— MaryC (@MaryC_Love) July 12, 2023
One does not get to Machu Picchu without reservations, sometimes made years in advance. You just don't go there on a whim. Besides, there is physical activity involved getting to the top. One's makeup is sure to run.
— Dr Joseph V Russo (@josephvrussoPHD) July 12, 2023
He’s not aging well.
— Jennifer Collins (@HedgerowHome) July 12, 2023
Had to try and drop a product-name / store-brand food hoping for yet another endorsement.
One can never ruin enough companies in their miserable life, apparently.
— Brian ✝️🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Psy_Brian) July 12, 2023
Let’s hope so!
— M (@BirdSeedBigot) July 12, 2023