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(en) Brazil, Libertarian Resistance Organization ORL: January 29th is the day of transvestite and transsexual visibility. (pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 2 Feb 2018 08:13:47 +0200

We, the Libertarian Resistance Organization, meet at an annual plenary session, remember the national day of transvestite and transsexual visibility. Visibility day is an important moment for social movements and political organizations that build social struggles. In this case, we know that the fight against transphobia is real and everyday in places of housing, work and study, as well as being a permanent concern in our feminist spaces. Transphobia has advanced disguised as feminism, which we consider a threat to the pursuit of libertarian socialism by means consistent with our ends. With this, we republished a note produced last year, with data that remain close. The feminism that we want does not reject any woman. ---- We, who have built the Liberation Resistance Organization, an anarchist political organization in Ceará, a member of the Brazilian Anarchist Coordination, wish to greet all those who identify themselves as transsexuals and transvestites.
We often confuse gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender. Ignorance, far from justifying itself, contributes to prejudice. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the differences. Gender identity is how one sees oneself. She can see herself as a man, woman or other, as neutral or a combination of masculine and feminine. Sexual orientation refers to the attraction felt by individuals. A person can be homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, etc. Sex refers to the characteristics of a person's body. It can be female, male or intersex. Transsexual people are born with a gender that differs from the socially bound to the gender identity that they recognize. Travestis, adjust their bodies to the changes they want, but do not feel the need to redefine their sex.
We also know that in this field the state acts as an oppressor. When legislating on gender identity, aiming to put us in pre-determined boxes; or when it regards transsexuality as disease, associating the different with the pathological one, and making medical procedures of transgeneration difficult; or when through the Judicial Branch impedes processes of change of name in the essential documents.
In Brazil, the life expectancy of a Brazilian transvestite and transsexual is approximately 35 years, while the life expectancy of an average Brazilian is 74.6 years. Being that Brazil leads the ranking of transphobic violence, being the country that kills most transvestites and transsexuals in the world. Added to this is the difficulty of carrying out surgeries of transgenitalization. Only in the state of São Paulo is there a queue of 3,200 people who wish to perform this surgery, but only one surgery is performed per month, 12 surgeries a year. Whoever enters the queue now will have to wait 266 years to perform this surgical procedure for the Unified Health System / SUS in Brazil, an absurdity! The same difficulty exists for the redefinition of names in the essential documents or the use of the social name in institutions.
We, anarchists, believe that every form of oppression and authoritarianism is harmful. We seek freedom, this aggregating freedom, which increases when those who are close to us also live it. We try every moment to fulfill or give fulfillment to the idea that the freedom of the other person extends ours to the infinite. We also believe that ends determine the means and we want right now to build a socialist and libertarian society or, as the Zapatistas would say, "a world where many worlds fit." That is why we want to remember that the fight against transphobia is not just a day, it is daily, arduous and full of obstacles. In this fight, we will keep hand in hand and raised fists, along with who should lead it, transsexuals and transvestites.
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