Mexican X Part XII: Xochihuah and Queer Aztecs

David Bowles
7 min readFeb 10, 2019

Some have asked, “Hey, so were there gay, trans, non-binary, or otherwise queer folx in pre-Colombian Mesoamerica, especially in the Aztec Empire?”

Or words to that effect, heh. Grab your flowers and wild cocoa beans, friends. Here we go!

First off, it’s important to note we don’t and probably never will fully understand the attitudes of pre-Colombian Nahuas toward individuals we now call LGBTQ+ or their roles in Nahua society. The racist, sexist, homophobic, religiously intolerant lens of the Spanish obscures the…

David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. VP of the Texas Institute of Letters.