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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - Existransinter 2020: in the fight against transphobia in all its forms (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:37:05 +0200

On 17 October, to be held the 24 th edition of the Existransinter, walking trans and intersex people, but it was canceled because of the health situation. While the government has just released its " action plan for equal rights», Which essentially consists of the publication of brochures, the rights of trans and intersex people stagnate while discrimination is still present. Likewise, the bioethics bill, which the government touts as progressive, is ultimately very unsatisfactory for trans and intersex people: access to assisted reproduction has been refused or limited for trans people for overtly transphobic ideological reasons while that the Assembly refused to ban the mutilation of intersex children. ---- Control of bodies, limitation of rights, infantilization, physical violence and failure to respect self-determination

A few weeks ago, Doona's suicide shed light on what many trans people know all too well - the inherent transphobia of medical institutions and administrations. Whereas, like any manifestation of patriarchy, transphobia manifests itself within the family unit, work, medical institutions etc. Medical transphobia is the heir to that which until recently still practiced the sterilization of trans people. Transphobia manifests itself in the legal and institutional complexity of gender reassignment procedures. Procedures for which psychiatric monitoring and body modifications are still all too often required in practice. Thus, the nursing staff as a whole,[1], still considers the need for transition as linked to a mental pathology. This leads the medical profession to only rarely respect the self-determination of patients, by misleading them[2]. This, along with the infantilization of trans people by medical personnel, results in psychological or physical abuse that decreases trans men's and women's access to health. This is all the more so when they are prostitutes or migrants. Getting proper treatment is much more difficult when you're trans.

Likewise, denying trans people access to ART is part of the patriarchal history of control over the bodies and reproductive rights of LGBTI people in general and trans in particular. If we no longer systematically sterilize, the reproductive rights and access to parentage of trans women and men is still limited by bioethics law. This prolongs an exceptional procreative regime and unequal rights for ideological reasons which resonate with those of La Manif pour Tous.

Control of bodies, limitation of rights, infantilization, physical violence and non-respect for self-determination form a structural oppressive framework that promotes discrimination within families, work, administrations and have their responsibility in the face of murders and transphobic violence.

This is why, so that what happened to Doona and to far too many others never happens again, it is absolutely vital that the nursing staff are directly trained by trans associations and not by lobbies of " specialist doctors". trans ".

Insecurity at work, in housing and in studies

Transphobia, because it is systemic, leads to insecurity in terms of housing and work. Thus, many trans people at the start of their career are rejected by their families or materially dependent on a discriminating household, do not have access to RSA. However, in order to be able to calmly approach a transition process, it is essential to have stable material conditions. Housing and employment insecurity is much greater among trans people compared to the rest of the population. This increases the risks of depression and suicidal thoughts, which many experience when they are totally or partially isolated from their social circles. Contrary to what reactionaries of all stripes would have us believe, it is not the transition itself that makes us unhappy, it is institutional, medical, family and social transphobia that endangers people wishing to change their sex. The transition is perceived as a transgression by the patriarchal order, a transgression that must be repressed and made invisible.

As libertarian communists, we support trans struggles. We support the self-organization of trans people, relay and support the initiatives of self-managed reception centers or appeals for donations such as the trans social aid front, finally, by recognizing that trans men and women are men and women with their specificities arising from transphobic and transmogynous discrimination.

So we support and ask:

Access to a free and free change of civil status
The prohibition of mutilation of intersex children
Access to the same reproductive and parentage rights as cis people
The recognition of the self-determination of every person and the reimbursement of all types of transition path
The training of healthcare, administrative and institutional personnel in trans and intersex issues, training which should be initiated by trans and intersex groups
The total stop of expulsions and the regularization of migrants who are all the more in danger because they are trans and / or homosexual
While waiting for the abolition of the prison system, that the wishes of trans people regarding the choice of a prison for men or for women be taken into account during their imprisonment
If we support the struggles for concrete legislative measures, such as a simplified change in civil status or better consideration by doctors, we believe that, alone, they would be insufficient and that it is just as important to fight against the whole patriarchal system, to put an end to all the oppressions and violence that result from it: sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

Libertarian Communist Union November 12, 2020


[1]French Professional Association for Transgender Health, formerly SoFECT French company for the study and support of transidentity

[2]When speaking of a person, use a genre in which they do not recognize themselves

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