The applause after the rejection of the Zan law is like hate crimes


Those screams, those applause. Those hugs, those stadium cheers, those laughter. It is violence against all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people. Against all women, all disabled people, citizens and Italian citizens who for 25 years have been asking, demanding, waiting for a law that protects them from discrimination, violence and hate crimes that are collected every day through testimonies, requests for help and welcome from services such as the Gay helpline. Those laughs and cheers are like hate crimes. And we will know from today, from yesterday, that behind every discrimination at school, at work, behind every boy and girl thrown out of the house, there are and will be those laughter and those applause and those cheers that we will not forget.

Because they will resonate forever in the history of our country. They will bounce forever on the walls of the halls of the Parliament of the Republic. And there is an even more bitter data, even more difficult to digest: those political forces, the worst homotransphobic right in our country, which exulted, does not represent the parliamentary majority and this means that in addition to their parties, there were parties , the invisible silent applause of many other senators and many other senators among the benches of the same political forces which also include the first signatories and the first signatories of the bill against homotransphobia, misogyny and ability.

This is the political fact that we take home, a general defeat of an entire political class that has not done its job. Because the only task is to listen to and represent the needs and requirements, the voices of Italian citizens: a task that has not been carried out. But people, those who experience discrimination on a daily basis and in contexts of violence are interested up to a certain point in knowing the name or surname of those who have betrayed, who is guilty, who is responsible.

Because people are interested in the result, they are interested in knowing if a new result has been achieved, a new tool for emancipating themselves from the contexts of violence. But at the same time we could ask ourselves and begin to reflect on the legitimacy of the use of the secret vote in those cases in which exposing oneself to one side or the other does not imply a danger to the life of the politician and the politician on duty.

The associations shouted loudly, signaling the dangers and risks from the first changes to the original text, the first agreements, the first compromises within the majority itself and on which the right could only leverage, aware of the exposed nerves, we knew that c ‘was and that a death sentence was swooping down on this bill.

Yet we have hoped for it. We deluded ourselves and we deluded ourselves because it seemed incredible to us that after 30 years we would not be able to achieve this result and yet this is it. But let’s be clear: that cry that was heard in the halls of Parliament will resound in all the cities from today because we are tired and tired and because the struggle certainly does not stop there. On the contrary.


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