NBC News reports:
More than 120 years after an infamous police raid rocked Mexican high society, Netflix has released “Dance of the Forty One,” a fictionalized retelling of a major political scandal that has had a lasting impact on the country’s culture and depictions of the LGBTQ community.
The film’s title — its original in Spanish is “El Baile de los 41” — refers to the night of Nov. 17, 1901, when police raided a private home in Mexico City. The official report was that they found 41 prominent men dancing together — half of whom were dressed as women.
But a scandal ensued when initial reports placed a 42nd man in attendance, and the story spread that it was Ignacio de la Torre, the president’s son-in-law, marking the first time homosexuality was openly discussed in the Mexican media.
Read the full article. Fascinating story.