Guest blogger

This is a space where we share different voices from our guest writers. Here you will find  stories, opinions, thoughts and much more regarding sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics issues.


On the verge of a kind of freedom: Ridding India of Section 377

By Vivek Divan (August 16th, 2018)

This is a brief rumination on how we got to where we are today with the battle for queer decriminalization in India. Much media coverage has occurred recently about related cases in the Supreme Court (SC). They either fail to fairly represent a complex and long journey, are inaccurate in how they attribute cause and effect, and the process of empowerment that has taken place in queer consciousness related to the court battle, or plug a few people at the cost of what has always been a fundamentally collective process. It is not possible to cover it all in a few paragraphs. Yet, it is important to set some fallacies right if we are to do the right thing by our communities either now or in the future.

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Global Action for Trans Depathologization 2017

By Michel Riquelme, on the occasion of International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization (October 20th, 2017)

In 2009 when first I heard about the Campaign to “Stop Trans Pathologization (STP) -2012”, many violent situations that I had lived for being transgender began to have a clearer explanation for me. Why must we as transgender people have to go to a psychiatrist to validate who we are? Why is it that whatever a stranger has to say about who I am holds more credibility than my own definition of myself?

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Acción mundial por la despatologización trans 2017

Por Michel Riquelme, con motivo del Día de Acción por la Despatologización Trans (20 de octubre, 2017)

Cuando en 2009 escuché hablar por primera vez de la Campaña “Alto a la Patologización Trans (Stop Trans Pathologization) – STP) 2012”, muchas situaciones de violencia que había vivido por ser una persona transgénero comenzaron a tener una explicación más clara para mí. ¿Por qué las personas transgénero debemos pasar por un psiquiatra que valide quienes somos? ¿Por qué tiene más valor lo que pueda decir un desconocido sobre quién soy versus mi propia definición de quién soy?

Lea el texto aquí.

Gender Identity Recognition in Chile

By Michel Riquelme (June 27th, 2017)

On June 14th, after 4 years of processing, the Gender Identity Recognition and Protection Bill was finally passed by the Senate and submitted to the House of Representatives for its consideration. Behind this important step forward there are also four years of intensive effort by trans activists who worked to improve the Bill and lobbied with a lot of people about the importance of introducing legislation on gender identity issues. While we welcome this progress, we are also appalled to see such prejudice against trans people among the Senators who denied people under 18 years old their right to identity, and pathologized the Bill by making it a requirement to undergo mandatory medical examinations.

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Reconocimiento de la identidad de género en Chile

Por Michel Riquelme (23 de junio, 2017)

El pasado miércoles 14 de junio, luego de 4 años de tramitación en el Senado, se aprobó y despachó a la Cámara de Diputados el proyecto de ley que reconoce y da protección a la identidad de género. Tras este importante avance están también 4 años de intenso trabajo como activistas trans para mejorar el proyecto de ley y convencer a muchas personas de la importancia de legislar sobre el tema. Nos alegra estar avanzando pero al mismo tiempo es una gran impotencia ver los prejuicios de los senadores respecto de las personas trans y cómo rechazaron el derecho a la identidad de las personas menores de 18 años e impusieron la patologización en el proyecto de ley mediante la exigencia de exámenes médicos obligatorios.

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Change is inevitable

A post by Farah Abdi on the occasion of World Refugee Day (June 20th, 2017)

“I left home (Kenya) 5 years ago in search of a place that would not only tolerate what I thought was my sexuality at the time, but also celebrate this part of my identity. I arrived in Malta after 9 months of a difficult and dangerous journey across countries, the Sahara and sea. At this point, I was a wounded warrior masquerading as a survivor. More than a decade of internalized homophobia stemming from my conservative roots had done its damage.”

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