Courtesy of Neil Rivas
The images capture [Alex] Hernandez in his personal transformation — as well as blurred lines between gay and Catholic cultures, lines he was not encouraged to cross as a child. But in Juchitan de Zaragoza, where the festival is held, some Catholic priests hold services for muxes.
“They have an important role,” says Hernandez. “They take care of their parents. … It was nice to know that … there’s this history where queer people had special roles in society.”