Thousands of people summoned by more than 60 LGTBI groups have taken to the streets this Saturday in 17 Spanish cities against the blockade of the trans law and to ask the PSOE not to make cuts in the norm, after this group decided to maintain the amendment which proposes that a judge has to authorize the change of registered sex of minors under 16 years of age.
The demonstration in Madrid, in which there have been some 600 people, according to data from the Government Delegation, has left at 5:00 p.m. from the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, in the Atocha roundabout, and has ended in the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, where a manifesto will be read. Under the slogan “Trans Law: human rights, without cuts, for all”, thousands of participants of all ages and from different parts of Spain have marched down Atocha street shouting “human rights for all” and “here there is the trans resistance”. There have also been concentrations in other cities, such as Seville, San Sebastián, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza, among others.
Among the conveners are the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexuals, Intersex and more (FELGTBI+), the Trans Platform Federation, Chrysallis, Fundación Triángulo and KifKif LGTBI migrants and refugees. However, the organizations invite any association to join the march.
Luis Moreno has come from Toledo with his 11-year-old daughter Iris, who wears a banner around her neck with the colors of the trans flag and the claim: “If you don’t want to support, don’t limit our age.” They march at the head of the rally, behind the main banner that calls for recognition of the rights of trans minors. “Beyond ideologies and political parties, we all have the right to be happy,” explains Moreno. “Our children don’t need a piece of paper telling them how to feel. We only ask that things be made easier for them.”
Just behind the head, transgender boys and girls have marched carrying a giant flag that last year traveled throughout Spain and bears the signature of politicians and well-known personalities who supported the law. Carolina Marza holds the flag in her hands together with her 11-year-old daughter Chloe. “Children are the great forgotten of this law. We cannot tolerate it for another minute”, affirms this mother from Castellón.
The rights of minors and gender self-determination have been, once again, the protagonists of the call. In addition to the presence of many families, both the songs and the banners spoke of the importance of giving children free choice: “I know who I am”, “my identity is not a whim or a fashion” and “the judges do not You know, my family does” were some of the claims that could be read this Saturday.
Uge Sangil, president of FELGTBI+, recalled that the law promulgated by Irene Montero and her ministry has already received the approval of the Council of Ministers, and calls on the PSOE to stop using the childhood and lives of trans people as a “weapon” in their political battles. “This law is an administrative law, like that of equal marriage, so that our children can see their gender reflected on their ID. Insecurity is what they currently live by being exposed to violence protected by a state that denies them and invalidates them ”, Sangil defends in the manifesto of the call.
Antonelli: “We will scream until our voices go out”
The former socialist deputy of the Madrid assembly and activist for the rights of trans people Carla Antonelli had been preparing for the march since this Saturday morning, after which she will read part of the manifesto. “Unless I fall ill with a fever of 40, I’ll be there, because you have to be there,” she explained to elDiario.es at noon. Antonelli believes that this appointment is necessary, among other things because this Saturday is International Human Rights Day: “And what better day to say loud and clear that we are returning to the streets, which is where we come from. To yell at the Government and the PSOE to withdraw those embarrassing amendments where our rights are cut even more”.
Antonelli, who last October requested his withdrawal from the party after 45 years of militancy due to the obstacles that the PSOE was placing on the law, assures that the amendments presented by the socialist group “leave out minors, despite the fact that in 2019 the Constitutional Court already indicated that they have those rights”. “Something that has already left the Council of Ministers and entered the Government has been amended,” he laments.
For this reason, he asserts, they will not leave “not a single acronym behind.” “We are going to continue shouting until our voice goes out that all trans people have the right to be recognized. Also minors, non-binary people and migrant trans people, ”she points out. “And they have to listen to us, because we are more than 70 organizations and we are the clamor and the social reality.”
Antonelli laments the position of the PSOE in this sense and assures that “60 ladies from another era” are trying to “twist the popular will of millions of people who, in all the polls you look at, are in favor of those rights.” “Those of us who have nothing to lose because we have already given everything, go out again to shout ‘freedom, respect and dignity’”, he concludes.
Another of the recognized faces leading the march in Madrid is the activist Mar Cambrollé, president of the Federación Plataforma Trans, a group that in the last month has organized two other demonstrations and a rally in front of the PSOE headquarters, on Ferraz street. . For Cambrollé, who traveled to Madrid this Saturday just to support the march, the demonstration taking place today is “historic” due to the “unity” of so many organizations, “some of which have been orbiting around the PSOE.”
The activist explains in a conversation with this newspaper that the obstacles of the Socialist Party are “more painful and more dangerous” than those of the right or the extreme right. “It is sad that the PSOE ally with the ultra-right or that it abstains so that the ‘no’ to progress in rights prevails. It is not only painful, it is dangerous, because it legitimizes the impunity of violence against trans people, who have endured violent storms. But as I always say, after the storm comes the rainbow,” she points out. And she concludes: “If the PSOE does not respect the dignity, justice and freedom of minors, non-binary people and migrant trans people, get out of Pride”.
The pulse in the government
The PSOE and Unidas Podemos promised to have the trans law approved before the end of the year, but the PSOE has registered a series of amendments to the Equality text that delay the deadlines.
At the end of November, the Socialists registered 37 amendments to Irene Montero’s law. The most controversial point has to do with gender self-determination: the PSOE wants to restrict the change in registration for minors under 16 years of age, proposing that they have to request judicial authorization if they are between 12 and 16 years of age. In other words, two more years than the 14 contemplated in the current text of the law.
A meeting was convened in which some progress was made, as recognized by all the parliamentary groups, since the basic text of the norm that should now be debated in the Equality Commission was closed. It is there where the pulse persists, since the Socialists maintain the amendments on self-determination of the gender of minors, reversibility in the change of sex before registration and the elimination of the concept “intragender violence”, two of which have been supported by the Party Popular. Some changes that United We Can reject, according to reports Irene Castro.
At the end of the demonstration, the organizers once again warned the PSOE that they are not going to allow this year to end without the approval of a law that inalienably includes the right to identity of “our childhoods, non-binary people and of our trans migrants”. “Well, if there are no rights, the LGTBI+ collective and Trans people will never forget the suffering caused, the obstacles and the insults, the increase in hatred produced by a meaningless partisan battle with our lives at stake”, Sangil concluded between applause from all present.