Sunday, May 22

Critical Pride takes to the streets in defense of trans people: “We want to be, be and exist without fear”

As every year since 15, the other Pride, the alternative, does not miss the appointment in the streets of Madrid. Critical Pride is once again on June 28, making the protest coincide with the day that 50 years ago the Stonewall Inn riots, in New York, inaugurated the LGTBI liberation movement. And this time, after more than a year of restrictions due to the pandemic and on the threshold of the approval of the Trans Law, which will merge with the LGTBI, there was more desire than ever to take to the streets. “Beyond the speeches of love and desire, we want to be, be and exist without fear,” protesters claim in a march loaded with a festive and vindictive tone.

Under the slogan “Neither assigned sex, nor proven gender, trans fury against all authority”, the protest started from Atocha after 7:00 p.m. to, among other things, demand more ambitious legislation than the one that the Council of Ministers will approve this Tuesday 29. “It does not represent us,” they cry out. They ask that the norm recognize gender self-determination also of minors – the law does so from 14, and between 12 and 14 a judge must authorize it – or of non-binary people, who are not named in the text. They are against the “assignment of a sex anchored in binaryism as soon as they are born” and defend “the self-determination of our bodies and our lives beyond any authority, party, group or institution”, they wield in the manifesto.

“Here is the trans resistance” or “Pride is not for sale” are some of the slogans that the protesters shout, with a special abundance of young people, as they advance through Madrid’s Paseo Del Prado. Rainbow, trans or bisexual flags fill the march with color and vindication, to which dozens of collectives and different blocks put a voice and face, from the Bollero to the Racialized Bloc or that of non-binary people. A large trans flag occupies the head of the demonstration, in which there is a space reserved for the associations of families of trans minors.

A safe place

It is the first time that 18-year-old Kuma has attended the protest. This young trans woman has come alone, but admits that “it is very comfortable to be in a space where you can be yourself and not feel bad,” she explains. It is what he claims and what he does not find at home, with his family, who still does not recognize his identity: “They continue to treat me in masculine terms and for me that is very hard, that your parents and in your home, where they are supposed to you must be sure, they do not accept you, it is not easy “.

The same, to be able to live “without being tutored”, is what Maribel claims, already a veteran of Critical Pride. She celebrates that tomorrow the Government approves a norm that ensures gender self-determination for people like her, who had to wait almost four years to see her identity reflected in her ID, in addition to “going through doctors and psychologists who prove what I said” . The process, he says, is “degrading” because “it assumes that a third person is guarding us, and gives the go-ahead or certify who we are.” Even so, he regrets that the rule does not contemplate minors of any age or non-binary people. “Perhaps for wanting to reach Pride with the approved law, things have been left out,” he believes.

There are many demands that they raise, but above all they want to “sound the demands of all the dissidents” and put the focus on ensuring that LGTBI struggles are not blinded to discrimination other than those motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity. As every year, they regret what they consider a “capitalist and interested” drift of MADO, the official protest next Saturday that several groups with the participation of companies call, and they demand the expression of diversity: “In front of the gay without a muscular pen and source of income, here we are the various criticisms “, they emphasize.