Honduras is still dangerous for those who defend human rights days against homophobia and transphobia to have a more diverse country in Cuba ¡Pure story!, A LGBTI story

Honduras is still dangerous for those who defend human rights days against homophobia and transphobia to have a more diverse country in Cuba ¡Pure story!, A LGBTI story

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes that: Everyone has all the rights and freedoms proclaimed in the declaration, without any distinction of race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion or of any other nature, originnational or social, economic position, birth or any other condition.

That is, every person has the right to be free of discrimination.

However, in its annual report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN independent expert* on the protection of violence against discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity expressed its alarm by increasing the persecution oftrans and non -binary gender people in some countries "at a time when the concept of gender is questioned".

Víctor Madrigal Borloz indicated that for that reason "it is more important than ever that states believe a safe environment for those who do not conform to the gender norms of society".

Mexico has not been an exception and, nevertheless, little by little things are changing.NEWS UN has interviewed one of the two transgender women who has now reached the cusp of politics by being deputies.

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Diputada Salma Luevano, Presidenta de la Comisión de Diversidad, en México.

Deputy Salma Luévano Luna

Salma Luévano arrived wrapped in a sequin dress and with a trans flag, on his first day in San Lázaro, recognizing herself and shouting at the four winds her pride of being the first trans woman to access a federal deputation for the quota"Arcoíris" from Morena, along with her party partner, María Clemente García.

He was born in Minatitlán, Veracruz, a place surrounded by nature, and of much love.In his childhood, he lived and grew between trees, rivers, and streams;She grew up in a very hardworking and loving family.His mother, whom he admires a lot, went, continues and will continue to be his engine of struggle and inspiration, and that force that lets him continue advancing.

"She wrapped me, educated me, listened to me and understood her life story, in her opinion, this has been more than 30 years for her".Unlike many trans women, Salma grew with support and understanding, however, she still failed.

At a young age and by decision of his parents, Salma had to move to Mexico City alone, where he could learn and understand the process of its construction.Once he managed to understand his identity as a trans woman, he visited the city of Aguascalientes, and among that search for answers and understanding his process, he decided to go to a church to speak with a priest, thinking that he would be a good advisor, however, how much he saw her opened the doors of his office, “as if I were a stink or the chamuco;Given this I ran with more feelings found ”.

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In that fight, Salma began to be built and understand who he was and what he wanted in his life.Once he went to live in Aguascalientes, he began to be a victim of discrimination and constantly transphobia: from that visit to the Church, to his workplace that, for the simple fact of having received flowers, was fired after aComplaint of his companions, whom, to be said by the deputy, they did not like a trans woman to receive such a gift in her workplace."Not having knowledge, and being in ignorance of how to defend your human rights and your dignity, I allowed that injustice that hurt me a lot and marked me".

Aguascalientes is a very religious state, so it was a long path of struggle and defense for its rights;At 18, Salma and his companions lived in fear of being arrested or rebuked, because, by law, the authorities had the right to stop them, and without the right to bond, imprison them, for the simple fact of having their lips painted or dressingas a woman, a fact that marked Salma and made her initiate her activism and search for public spaces where to be heard and could make decisions.

Given this situation, Salma decided, together with the LGBTT+ population to request the municipal president of that time to stop pursuing and imprisoning, after much insisting and demanding that their rights be respected, and without obtaining any response, the group decidedtake drastic measures and initiate a demonstration without clothes, only then they managed to obtain the attention of the authorities, giving them the freedom they deserved.

“There, at that time I really understood what our struggle was, that we had to demand and fight, and snatch.There I begin that struggle for activism and to seek that dignity, spaces and recognition ".

The rainbow quota

Salma's political history began two years ago when he took a trade to the Electoral Institute of Aguascalientes, where he requested 10% of the electoral political spaces for groups of vulnerability, including transgender women, however despiteThat they accepted it, some groups that felt offended, challenged and challenged until they reached the Federal Court, where Salma was proved to accept the political-electoral quota by calling it “rainbow quota”, which gives it the possibility both to it, like his partner María Clemente, and some more like Ana Eugenia Rodríguez, who achieved a region in the city of Monterrey, in Nuevo León.

“We have to occupy the decision -making spaces, this is important because we really have this feeling and we know the needs of our population, and obviously we, we, and we will really fight for those initiatives and proposals that historically should: decent health, decent work, and all these decent spaces that as human beings deserve.We have rights, let's forget labels, we are human beings, we must not fight for our rights, they must give them to us. ”.

Salma Luévano seeks, from his position as legislator, to raise these rainbow quotas to constitutional rank, and thus achieve his free political, economic, and social transit.

"This brings a domino effect, which wraps the other quotas in this case the indigenous people, and also to another partner, then we are no longer one, if not two, because we have two trans women in the highest tribune".

Within the framework of the budget analysis by 2022 in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, Luévano LunThat the opinion of the diversity commission will be aimed, the same that presides over deputy Salma, who seeks the creation of organisms specialized in sexual diversity that specifically meet the needs of the LGBTTTIQ+population, in areas such as health, educationand on labor issues.

“In our trans population when life expectancy is 60, 65, years, in Mexico, of our population we do not even reach 35, precisely because of this transphobia, lack of treatments, spaces, and dignified health, not having theseservices we have to resort to doubtful spaces that are killing us.Not having a worthy work space, forces us to work on the streets, which is also worthy, but they force us, and here the problem is that we risk.How many sisters have not killed in the street!Not respecting our identity has caused many suicides;All that, unfortunately, has made us not reach 35 years ".

According to the report "Women Trans -deprived of liberty", the average age of transnexual women in Mexico is 35 years, so, both Salma, and María Clemente, have well defined that their work will be focused on threeImportant items: gender identity, egalitarian marriages and integral health.

“Our stories are almost similar, almost all of us exercise sex work, and I wantAnd that light is for everyone, all, and all ".

Report written by spring Díaz for news UN