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.

 

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.

Read the blogpost here.

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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