Quim Roqueta: «El centro LGTBI de Barcelona es algo a lo grande. Queremos que pasen cosas, y están pasando»

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Nos acompaña en el centro LGTBI de Barcelona, Quim Roqueta, presidente de la Plataforma LGTBI., quien se ha mostrado orgulloso con el centro LGTBI de Barcelona. “Aquí hemos hecho algo a lo grande. Queremos que se abra al barrio. Queremos que pasen cosas, y están pasando”. Invita a todo el mundo a ser partícipe. “Esta es la casa de todos”.

Ryan O’Connell: un hombre gay con parálisis cerebral

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La serie de televisión Special está inspirada en las memorias de Ryan O’Connell, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, y su autor también funge como creador, productor y estrella del espectáculo, que sigue su viaje como un hombre gay que no es del todo abierto cerca de esa discapacidad.

En el trailer de la primera temporada, vemos a O’Connell haciendo que sus compañeros de trabajo en un medio de comunicación digital crean que su discapacidad es el resultado de haber sido atropellado por un automóvil. Sin embargo, nació con la discapacidad. “Si pudieras deshacerte de lo que más odias de ti mismo, lo que nadie más entiende, ¿no lo harías?”, dice en el clip. “Estaba en el clóset por ser gay, y luego estaba en el clóset por estar discapacitado: ya no hay más clósets”.

Viewpoint: Understanding anti-transgender feminism

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In an unprecedented turn, the UK Labour Party recently announced that it would extend access to its all-women candidacy shortlists to transwomen, formally indicating recognition of their place within the fold of the diverse category of ‘women’. The backlash was swift and severe: a small but voluble subset of feminists declared the move an attack on women, convening an event at Parliament to decry the change. This, in turn, incited a fresh wave of the hate speech and abuse that trans people have come to know all too well. Commentary on the matter has exploded, even eliciting the first-ever appearance of a trans person on BBC Question Time.

The heated disagreement between trans people and anti-trans feminists frequently makes headlines, but it is widely misunderstood. What is really at its heart takes a bit of digging to get to, and if there is to be any chance of resolving it, we must look to its roots. There is a manifest aversion on both sides to genuinely engaging with one another’s perspectives, because to do so wanders uncomfortably near to empathising with people to whom we would prefer not to extend empathy. Though the terms ‘understanding’ and ‘empathy’ are often used interchangeably, they are not quite the same thing, and it is possible to understand (to make sense of) without necessarily empathising (to share in the feelings and perspectives of). I am a trans-positive feminist, but I have spent the past five years studying anti-trans feminism and its ideological and emotional foundations. In what follows, I will attempt to help the majority – trans-positive feminists – to understand the seemingly opaque interior of anti-trans feminism.