Today, March 31st, we celebrate the International Day of Trans Visibility.
Spain, 2017. Ten years ago our country was one of the first in the world to adopt “favorable” legislation for our collective with the Ley de Identidad de Género. However, disgracefully, recent events show that we are moving backwards. It seems that we have returned to darker times.
Today we see ourselves persecuted by people who don’t want to accept that diversity and identity are more than one’s genitals, or who believe that the sex change process is a whim rather than a necessary change that helps us to feel better physically and mentally. And above all, we are persecuted by people who confuse the right to say what they think with the right to attack the wellbeing of thousands.
For these reasons, today more than ever, we need a Ley Integral de Transexualidad that, at the state level, will facilitate our lives. We do not deceive ourselves: we find ourselves discriminated against in every small interaction. We would like to have a law that helps us to identify ourselves correctly, without depending on medical studies; a law that helps us with the sex change process, which understands the process and makes it more accessible; a law that helps our families and friends understand what is happening…
But above all, we want a law that promotes our visibility and ends the marginalization and many acts of violence that we suffer from every day. Our rights are equal to everyone else’s. Because we are human beings, like you and like others, however much some may doubt that.
As a result, we support the measures that FELGBT – la Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Transexuales – promote to end these barriers and the work that they are developing to obtain a Ley Integral de Transexualidad. We hope that, very soon, we will be able to say that we live in a country that takes our needs into account and respects our rights.