“We want to be, be and exist without fear”

A flood of flags, bodies and diverse voices in favor of the rights of trans people. This is how the other Pride, the alternative, has marched this Monday in Madrid, as every year 15 years ago, who has not missed his appointment. Critical Pride has once again manifested itself by coinciding its protest with June 28, the day that 50 years ago the Stonewall Inn riots in New York inaugurated the LGTBI liberation movement. And this time, after more than a year of restrictions due to the pandemic and just before the approval of the Trans Law by the Council of Ministers, which will finally merge with the LGTBI Law, there was more desire than ever to take to the streets.

“Beyond the speeches of love and desire we want to be, be and exist without fear,” protesters have claimed from Plaza España, where the march has culminated. Full of festive and vindictive tone, it has also been, as every year, a meeting place for many; a space to share among friends or classmates or assembly the most symbolic day for the LGTBI collective. With a mask despite being outdoors, as the norm indicates, and with an abundant presence of young people, the most chanted slogans have revolved around trans people. “Trans Law now”, ask the assistants.

Under the slogan “Neither assigned sex, nor proven gender, trans fury against all authority”, the protest has left Atocha after 7:00 p.m. to demand more ambitious legislation than the one that will be approved this Tuesday 29. “It does not represent us”, they settle in the manifest. They ask that the norm recognize gender self-determination also of minors – the law does so from 14, and between 12 and 14 it must be authorized by a judge – or of non-binary people, those who do not identify themselves as men nor as women, who are not named in the text. They are against the “assignment of a sex anchored in binaryism as soon as they are born” and defend “the self-determination of our bodies and our lives beyond any authority, party, group or institution,” they argue.

“Here is the trans resistance”, “binaries are the numbers and not the people” or “Pride is not for sale, it is defended” are some of the slogans that many protesters shout as they advance through Madrid’s Paseo Del Prado. Rainbow, trans or bisexual flags fill the march with color and demands, to which dozens of collectives and different blocs put a voice and face, from the Bollero to the Racialized Bloc or that of non-binary people. A large trans flag occupies the head of the demonstration, in which there is a space reserved for the associations of families of trans minors, who are setting the pace of the protest.

A safe place

It’s 18-year-old Kuma’s first time attending Critical Pride. This young trans woman has come alone, but admits that she feels “very comfortable” in a space “where you can be yourself and not feel bad, not feel that you are being judged or looked at by how you are dressed,” she explains. It is what he claims and what he cannot find at home, with his family, who still do not recognize his identity, he says: “They continue to treat me in masculine terms and for me that is very hard, that your parents and in your home, Suppose you have to be sure, they don’t accept you, it’s not easy. ” “We LGTBI people continue to be the target of attacks and discrimination, and that is why it is important to be here,” he says.

The same thing, “to be able to live without being tutored”, is what Maribel claims, already a veteran of Critical Pride. She celebrates that tomorrow the Government approves a norm that ensures gender self-determination for people like her, who had to wait almost four years to see her identity reflected in her ID, in addition to “going through doctors and psychologists who prove what I said” . The process, he says, is “degrading” because “it assumes that a third person is guarding us, and gives the go-ahead or certify who we are.” Even so, he regrets that the rule does not contemplate minors of any age or non-binary people. “Perhaps for wanting to reach Pride with the approved law, things have been left out,” he believes.

The references to the position of the socialist part of the Government in the negotiation of the Trans Law, which has opposed gender self-determination these months, are also part of some of the most chanted slogans: “With Carmen Calvo we are not safe “, they say pointing to the first vice president of the Government, who was very critical from the beginning that the free expression of the will of trans people was the only requirement to modify their legal sex. But they also direct their messages to the Government in general and the Ministry of Equality in particular, to which they demand a law “for everyone”: “Irene, listen, we are in the fight,” they warn, addressing Minister Irene Montero as they walk through Madrid Gran Vía. And the same warning was sent to President Pedro Sánchez.

They have also vindicated feminism and transfeminism, at a time when the movement is divided over gender self-determination and trans laws. “Trans women, feminist subject”, claim in favor of their inclusion. Or “here we are the feminists,” they shout, evidencing the gap. A sector of the movement, which demonstrated last Saturday in various parts of Spain, considers that the legislation “violates the rights of women”; another, in alliance with the LGTBI collective, defends the opposite and asks to guarantee by law the rights of trans people, who face “stigma and discrimination” on a daily basis, they highlight.

Assume gray areas

“Almeida, tacky, take out the flag,” shouted the attendees as they passed through the Plaza de Cibeles, headquarters of the City Council of the capital. This year the city government, in the hands of the PP and Citizens, has renounced hanging the LGTBI flag, but under the façade without rainbows, the fabrics that the protesters wave stand out. Among them is Yolanda Cosgaya, who wears the LGTBI flag tied to her hip and the bisexual one around her neck. Also two masks, one under the other, with the same colors. Vocal of culture and education of the LGTBI collective of Madrid COGAM, Yolanda assures that bisexual people continue to face “invisibility”, both inside and outside the group, which implies “having to constantly come out of the closet”: “When you are with a boy is read to you as heterosexual and when you are with a girl as a lesbian. It’s okay, we have to assume that there are a lot of grays and diversity in which we are people, “she explains while moving forward with her partners.

Criticisms of the Aliens Law, the Aliens Internment Centers (CIE) or “structural” racism also feature prominently in the march. “Papers for all or all without papers” or “open the borders, we want more dumplings,” shout the members of the Bollero Bloc, who have focused attention at one point during the march by launching several canisters of smoke. With another of the groups, the Racialized Bloc, march Yirka and Saviya, who denounce “the invisibility” that non-white LGTBI people face. And a consequence or example of this, says Saviya, is that “we are very few within the block.

Mass attendance

Attendance for Critical Pride has been overflowing, comparable to the numbers of protesters from the calls prior to the pandemic. It is from 2017, with the celebration of World Pride in Madrid, that this more political and diverse event becomes massive with the intention of standing up to the massive call.

There are many demands that they raise, but above all they want to “sound the demands of all the dissidents” and put the focus on ensuring that LGTBI struggles are not blinded to discrimination other than those motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity. As every year, they regret what they consider a “capitalist and interested” drift of MADO, the official protest next Saturday that several groups with the participation of companies call, and they demand the expression of diversity: “In front of the gay without a muscular pen and source of income, here we are the various criticisms “, they emphasize.

Critical Pride does not stop in Madrid. Despite the rain, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bilbao, also with a special defense of trans people, where slogans such as “LGTBphobos out of Congress” or “Without trans women there is no Pride” have been heard. The critical LGTBI collective of Murcia has taken to the streets on two consecutive days, first forming a critical bloc in the demonstration on Sunday and with its own call this Monday.

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