Bill stigmatizes trans people and prevent children and adolescent's right to inclusive education and health
Guatemalan legislators have introduced a bill that seeks to define trans and non-binary identities as “disorders”, and seeks to criminalize all public debate on trans acceptance and rights.
The bill would effectively enact a “right to be cisgender”, seeking to hijack human rights language to disguise a shameful attack on those they consider different. The result of this bill would be a portrayal of all trans and non-binary individuals –adults or underage–, and any person or organization that comes out in their defense, as a threat to the rest of children.
The bill would impose sanctions on all individuals and organizations that use any materials that “promote or show” trans and non-binary identities, effectively restricting freedom of speech and association well beyond the scope of LGBT folks and their families.
This is not the first time Guatemala’s Congress has attacked the LGBT community. A previous bill sought to criminalize the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights, enact a ban on equal marriage – which is not currently legal in the country –, and prevent all promotion of LGBT-inclusive sex education in schools.
Central America is among the most violent regions, and the attacks against trans individuals are on the rise. In this context, your voice can effectively contribute to saving lives! Take a stand and call Guatemalan politicians to stop this shameful bill that would deepen the stigma and discrimination that places trans children and teens in grave danger.