Lesbians, gays, trans, bisexuals, intersex (LGTBI +) … Behind this dance of letters, are the historical struggles for freedom, for the right to live identities and sexualities as we want, desires, affections, the forms of coexistence and the family in a free way, outside the heteropatriarchal normative mold. Claims that go far beyond the initials LGTBI and that all of us today have the challenge of defending at a time of identity withdrawals, with a sector of feminism at war with trans people, a strong fragmentation of struggles and a important rise of the extreme right.
These advances have allowed us to live in a context where the limits of the norms of sexuality and gender are broader for everyone. The freedom of LGTBI people has made us all freer. In these days of vindication it is worth stopping, remembering how these conquests of LGTBI and feminist rights have been an advance for the whole of society and pointing out why a policy of alliances is more necessary now than ever. Let’s claim a shared pride.
Sexual and affective freedom. Despite the fact that in our societies heterosexuality has been privileged as the only valid way to relate emotionally and sexually, there is no single way to live sexuality. Years of struggle by sexual and gender liberation movements questioning heteronormativity have put on the table the importance of living sexuality, our desires, erotic impulses and experiences without shame and stigma, in a more positive, full and normalized way, expanding to everyone the possibilities of the expression of sexuality and affections.
The liberation of gender roles and stereotypes. Gender roles are rigid guidelines that limit our rights, possibilities, desires, feelings and prevent us from doing those things that are considered for a certain gender. The struggle of the feminist and LGTBI movement has made visible that there are many people who do not comply with these norms and guidelines and who suffer rejection, censorship, discrimination, expanding these possibilities and questioning the rigidity of gender norms for all.
Enjoy body diversity. Bodies marked by guilt, shame, self-hatred, contempt for a system that measures us according to gender, age, ability, measure, race, beauty, imposing the dictatorship of the norm, the correct model and unique. The body is also a political territory, and this has been one of the basic contributions of the feminist and queer movements that has allowed us to challenge social pressures and understand the diversity of bodies as something to enjoy, value and celebrate.
Recognition of family plurality. The family made up of father, mother and children is no longer the only accepted family model, it was never even in the majority! In recent years we have moved away from the idea of the traditional family and, although there is still a long way to go, after many social struggles and legal changes in which the LGTBI movement has played a central role, family diversity is an increasingly accepted reality. : biological, adoptive, reproductive donation, foster families, single mothers, single parents, heterosexual and homosexual couples, open parenting, co-parenting, reception centers, reconstituted families, etc.
Celebration of the claim. As the famous phrase attributed to Emma Goldman says, if I can’t dance, your revolution doesn’t interest me. The movements of sexual and gender dissidence have taught us that activism and political involvement also have to be a space of enjoyment, of happiness, of positive affections, deconstructing the myth that links social transformation to sacrifice. And putting into crisis the traditional idea of what change means: Is there something more pleasant than transforming reality?
Undoubtedly, in recent decades we have made progress but there is still a long way to go to materialize in concrete policies the LGTBI and feminist demands for social justice, redistribution and access to social rights. The current social and health crisis has aggravated the situation of the most vulnerable people. Crises always have a component of class, origin, gender and sexual orientation. The increase in precariousness has left many women and sex-gender dissident people without resources, crossed by the immigration law, by contexts of poverty and residential exclusion, underground economy, etc. Transformative policies for health, housing, work are needed, put an end to the immigration law! A fair projection of public services with a transversal and global perspective; All claims that are at the base of many social movements and organizations of the left.
In the midst of this essentialist drift and ultra-conservative offensive, and with a pressing socio-economic crisis, we have a lot at stake. Today it is more urgent than ever to break with the exacerbated identitarianism that plagues social movements and claim the value of alliances and shared struggles, we need to continue building from common objectives, from the sum, the confluence and collective strength.