Friday, May 20

LGTBI groups urge the Judiciary to issue its report so that the Trans Law continues its process

The so-called ‘Trans Law’ arrived at the table of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) last December and since then its mandatory report, necessary for the norm to continue its process, has been pending. Several LGTBI groups have registered this Tuesday a letter before the body in which they denounce “the incomprehensible delays” of the deadlines and demand that the evaluation be made public as soon as possible. The Bill for the real and effective equality of trans people and for the guarantee of the rights of LGTBI peoplewhich stressed the government partners and has opened a gap in feminism, must still go through the rest of the consultative bodies, return to the Council of Ministers and, yes, begin its path in the Cortes.

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The brief, presented by the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexuals, Intersexuals and more (FELGTBI+), the Triángulo y Chrysallis Foundation, points out that the paralysis of the norm “has material consequences in our lives” because “it extends and expands the current lack of protection of the LGTBI+ collective” and “especially of trans people”. The law contemplates a range of measures in different areas, including gender self-determination for trans people, that is, they can change their legal sex without the need to undergo medical treatment or submit psychological reports.

The organizations have transferred to the CGPJ “their deep concern” because, according to the deadlines established by law, the report should have been issued in fifteen non-extendible days. They consider it “urgent” that the processing of the law be reactivated and in the face of “the increase in the hatred that we experience against our collective”, a scenario in which “inaction by the institutions is not possible.”

“It is vitally important to comply with the processing deadlines of the law in order to guarantee the dignity and safety of thousands of Spanish citizens,” they say. The CGPJ report will be drafted by Victoria Cinto, Wenceslao Olea, Ángeles Carmona and Clara Martínez de Careaga, according to Europa Press.

The Council of Ministers gave the green light to the bill in June 2021, coinciding with LGTBI Pride week, after a tough dispute between Irene Montero’s Ministry of Equality and the Ministry of Justice and the First Vice Presidency of the Government, then in hands of Carmen Calvo. The norm was blocked for months and the negotiations dragged on until they were finally unraveled with the recognition of gender self-determination, which the PSOE initially opposed, and the introduction of the requirement that those who modify their DNI reaffirm the decision after three months, which according to the socialist part of the Government gives “legal guarantees” to the text.

The beginning of the process also provoked opposition from part of the feminist movement, which sees gender self-determination as a threat to women’s rights. The discrepancies have reached the point that this sector split last 8M in several Spanish cities where two demonstrations were finally called, including Madrid.