In Nîmes, trans people demonstrate for their rights to be themselves

In Nîmes, trans people demonstrate for their rights to be themselves

Around a hundred people came to support trans people in Nîmes this Sunday. Free Midi – Mikaël ANISSET

In Nîmes, trans people demonstrate for their rights to be themselves

Around a hundred people came to support trans people in Nîmes this Sunday. Free Midi – Mikaël ANISSET

In Nîmes, trans people demonstrate for their rights to be themselves

Une centaine de personnes venue soutenir les trans à Nîmes ce dimanche. Midi Libre – Mikaël ANISSET

L’Organisation de solidarité trans et l’Arène des fiertés ont rassemblé plus de 100 personnes, ce dimanche 5 mai, face à la Maison-Carrée pour dire non à l’offensive anti-trans.

It was often their voices a little broken by emotion that the trans people gathered in Nîmes this Sunday, May 5, took the floor to tell their stories. All having the same origin: the certainty of being born in the wrong body. Like this young man who testifies, in tears, to the ordeal that was his life when stuck in feminine clothing, no one wanted to understand his distress. Convincingly denouncing the current repercussions of works such as Transmania which suggest that transsexuality may be a simple fashion.

No Transmania

Mélanie says so. She is the little sister of Clara, who was born Hugo. "We are two years apart and I have always played with my brother Hugo whom I found super creative and patient. We spent hours playing Barbies, imagining outfits and incredible stories for them. He was always up for it, I was in heaven." A brother who is not a sports fan, who refuses to play football in the playground, but a brother who knows how to listen and who prefers chatting with the girls to racing . "I found him quite different from the other boys, but I didn't think he suffered so much." Then Hugo found the courage to confide in his sister. "I’was very touched. Suddenly, everything made sense. My brother had always felt like a girl and couldn't explain it to anyone."A shock in the family. Parents who absolutely refuse that Hugo is Clara. The descent into Hell. "Luckily we have always stayed in touch. I am here today for her. I am happy that she is my big sister and I love her for the woman she is. I can no longer stand it when people judge and talk without knowing. Being trans is not a whim or a fad!"

No to transphobia

It is to fight against misinformation that the Trans Solidarity Organization and the Arena of Pride organized (like everywhere in France) this gathering. On May 28, a law will be proposed "in order to prohibit medical and social transition to minors, to strengthen psychiatric control over trans children and even to punish two years in prison for the doctors who would accompany them in their approach, explains Astrid, member of the OST office. "We are very concerned when we see how trans people are treated in many other countries. Just look at how Putin reduced the LGBT movement to a terrorist and extremist group in March! We will maintain the movement in Nîmes until May 28 to make our voices and our rights heard!"

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