Today a video on Lithuanian social media showed a group of men vandalizing the rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBTQI+ community. The description and subtitles state that ‘no ideology can be higher than the concept of family […] that is the union of a man and a woman’. This statement shows just how much work we need to do to dismantle heteronormativity and gender binarism. However, LGBTQI+ rights are human rights under EU law and treaties, and change is slowly happening.
Hateful media representations of the LGBTQI+ community are just another reminder of the endless work we all need to do to educate ourselves and those around us for a more inclusive and respectful reality. They are a reminder that, despite decades of social battles and advocacy, many people disrespect LGBTQI+ rights and believe that sexual orientation and gender identity belong to the private sphere of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
The personal is political ✊
As this famous second-wave feminist slogan states, there is no such thing as the ‘private sphere’ when many personal experiences link to a larger political and social structure. Hence, unless you conform to the norm – cisgender and heterosexual – you become a threat to social security and stability, you are demonized and discriminate against: your existence and resitence becomes political.
It is society’s responsibility to foster human rights and aim at social cohesion and equality. Thus, it is a political issue if someone’s human rights aren’t respected because of their gender and sexuality.
Continuing to promote and accept discriminatory patriarchal, heteronormative, and binary beliefs means choosing discrimination to prevail over equality.
🏳️🌈 LGBTQI+ rights are human rights: everyone should have their sexuality and gender identity respected in public life
It is essential to understand that family as ‘the union of a man and a woman’ has never been the only truth, but only the most normalized, mainstream one. We need to move beyond the assumption that our reality is everyone’s reality. Challenging gender binarism and heteronormativity is central to let the LGBTQI+ community live safe and free from discrimination 🌟 .
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