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(en) Poland, Workers' Initiative: Speech at the 2017 Equality Parade in Warsaw [machine translation]
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:50:12 +0300
June 3rd was held in Warsaw Equality Parade - demonstration for the rights of LGBTQ +
(orientation other than heterosexual). Warsaw Commission and the Environmental Working
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations CMO IP took part in it due to manifest support
for the idea of equality, opposition to homophobia and discrimination and commitment to
fight for workers' rights outside the gates of factories. Below we publish the contents of
the speech delivered by Martyne Lysakiewicz of the Working Committee on Non-Governmental
Organizations. ---- On behalf of the Workers' Initiative I greet all the heat accumulated
in the equality parade in 2017. ---- Today is the feast of equality. All of Poland listens
and watches the fight for equal rights. For whom? ---- Not only for same-sex couples who
can afford to go abroad, there to get married and start a family, but also for those who
are here and their precarious salaries are trying to survive another month, waiting for a
Not only for trans people who can spend thousands of dollars on doctors, surgery, hormones
and legal support, but also for those who dream, so they need health care was available on
the National Health Fund, they simply can not afford it.
Because doctors specializing in transgender few in Poland, and the procedure is difficult
and confusing, full of successive kroczków. Often the prescription hormone of 300 PLN 100%
payment obtained after visiting the private for 150 PLN, the way having to pay for further
studies (for example, complete blood count and levels of hormones and additives approx.
700 PLN, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain approx. 1000 PLN and many others,
including absurd as fundus examination). From his own pocket, not once have to pay further
visits to specialists (psychologist, psychiatrist) to obtain the necessary review process.
Then pay the costs, where valuations of its services experts, doctors, often for high
amounts. In proceedings to sue their parents.
Not only fighting for the rights of trans people, which thanks to the support of family or
better the launching undergone a correction at a young age, but also for those often
unemployed that their image is different from the gender specific documents or that they
have a work certificate issued the old data.
Because the employer is not obliged to issue a new certificate of employment if the former
employee will make adjustments. Thus often start working in a new place forces coming out,
at least before the HR department. For the majority of trans people that I know, this is a
huge source of stress. Many of them have a big break in employment.
We are fighting for the rights not just for able-bodied LGBT +, but for those that jerking
apart from Bi homo- or transphobic daily struggle with ableizmem, being even more
vulnerable to violence, exploitation, unemployment, low wages. Because only 8% of people
with disabilities work, and as I work, it is often a national minimum, the lowest
positions, because they are a source of savings for employers. When marginalization
against disability intersects with marginalization based on sexual orientation or gender
identity (because there is no shortage of people, both disabled and LGBT), the survival of
capitalism becomes a real challenge.
Not only for LGBT + with large cities that have access to the services offered by focusing
on the metropolis NGOs, but also for those that meetings of support groups would have to
go a few hours by train, and who live in fear that their small local community become
aware of their differences. They are afraid that they not only lose their jobs, but they
will not find another already is, not only by rumor, but huge unemployment in his district.
Not only we are fighting for the rights of LGBT + condominium in Warsaw, but also for
those who are struggling with homelessness, because they have been thrown out of the
house, who had previously shared with homophobic family members. Before whom do not have
time to hide your hormones, hide compounds to endure verbal abuse and physical violence,
often dependent on them financially because of unemployment or extremely low wages.
We are interested in the fate of not only menagerek, activists of programmers,
entrepreneurs, doctors, celebrities, but also magazynierek, the unemployed, the shopkeepers.
Opposing inequalities today, also we oppose klasizmowi, marginalization, exclusion. We
need a labor market not only regarding training. Equality in the more progressive
companies, but also good, respected labor law, decent wages. Insurance coverage for
therapy associated with the correction of sex. Labor agreements to be able to cover the
insurance partner of the same sex. Not only the opportunity to take a loan by two men, but
also the lack of need for borrowing, to have a roof over his head.
We will not accept a situation in which experienced transphobia homo- Bi is the more
severe the less affluent have a wallet. This is not true equality.
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