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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - LGBT Fights: Having a space for political advocacy (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:11:55 +0300

Faced with the institutionalization of the Pride Marches, alternatives have emerged. However, is this enough to make the political demands of LGBT + struggles more visible ? From the example of Gay Pride Night, reflections around existing spaces, and those to create. ---- The month of June is the season of Pride marches, organized in all major cities of France (under the control of prefectures) by LGBT + associations. Over the years institutionalized as a day of visibility of LGBT + representativity around the world, it has gradually turned into a festive and commercial march, with consensual themes, displaying fewer and fewer militant and claiming demands. ---- In recent years, no longer finding their place in these depoliticized and festive marches, activists have come together to find a more " political " and inclusive project.

For an alternative and militant march: this was what was carried out during the creation of the " Night Pride ", held the day before the traditional march, and which brought together many of its LGBT activists in previous years. . Having experienced a meteoric popularity until exporting to other cities in France, like Lyon and Toulouse, it will not take place this year in Paris as announced by four of its former initiators and initiators. Indeed, those had conceived it as a " political tool, likely to produce effects, to analyze in situation ".Now, they pose today the excesses of a punctual gathering, without any real slogan other than an intra-community gathering, which has become a " static rather than dynamic catch-all " that would offer a counterbalance more radical in the march of pride without questioning or additional reflection.

The Pride March, a place to reinvest
Nevertheless, the Pride March takes on more demanding colors than in previous years. There is a strong reinvestment of the marches through radical processions, and more and more associations denounce the liberal and xenophobic doctrine of the government. In particular, its budget cuts in the health sector, which target the most vulnerable, migrants and migrants, and more generally organizations in the health, medico-social and community sectors. Several associations also denounce the Asylum-Immigration Act, which provides for prohibiting an HIV-positive person from applying for a residence permit for treatment once he or she has been dismissed from the " classic " asylum right .

It is by default that these marches, marginal or official, would like to offer LGBT + people the only spaces, or almost, visibility and demands. Beyond a day or a week in the year, the activists concerned need spaces of constant expression more than punctual. It is in the daily struggle that political or associative organizations must allow LGBT + people to come together and organize themselves to fight and fight back against all forms of oppression, whether state, social or fascist, because patriarchal homophobia, transphobia, and all LGBT + discrimination remain, present day after day.

Tom (AL Côte-d'Or)

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