The road to equality
Legal equality is not necessarily equivalent to real equality. We have seen this after 12 years of equal marriage and 10 years of the Gender Identity Act.
The LGBTI movement has matured, has learned how to structure itself and now has more tools at its disposal to gain deep insights into the reality of the collective.
However, discriminative discourse is still present in our society: the pathologizing of trans people and the denial of their right to self-determination; high levels of LGBT-phobic crimes; the widespread impact of teenage school bullying and harassment; lesbian and bisexual invisibility; discrimination at the workplace; and the fear of coming out experienced by so many.
Therefore, FELGTB has drafted a comprehensive, cross-sectional, complete and innovative proposed legislation. A large number of LGBT and non-LGBT organizations from all walks of life have taken part, including trade unions, universities, youth associations and families. FELGTB then tabled it for debate with all parliamentary groups. On May 4th 2017, the proposed law was registered in the Congress of the Deputies. With challenges like these and after 40 years of activism, the movement continues to defend one’s very right to exist.