|Lady in white.|
The result, at present, has been some political chairs for some lucky ones, some public tasks and just nothing that could really change and improve the transsexual and intersexual lives.
Now things have changed, and yes … I want to give the most powerful contribution I can to cause a strong change in my country, because I think the time is ripe and T* people have waited so long until now!
In fact, I worked hard all my life to be as manly as possible! Instead, after a very short period as a transvestite, in a sort of real life test, after starting TOS, I found every day easier to live in my feminine habits.
|Evening in the city.|
I put every effort into explaining my situation and needs to all the persons around me. The effort was well repaid, I can say now! My parents, after the initial astonishment and disbelief, supported me thoroughly. However, the major and most important support came and is coming from my wife.
In addition, there is a hostile social and political leaning towards transsexual community (in fact, against the whole LGBTI community). I’m not able to really understand from what this blind hatred arises from; maybe just from ignorance, or perhaps it is the convenient scapegoat of a society that is devoid of plan for its future.
Nowadays I don’t see scope for future improvement. Politics is blocked in austerity and our people place all hopes in judges and court. This is a solution for the single case, but in order to build a society we need acceptance (of culture of difference, of various gender expressions), recognition (by fair and equal laws) and also promotion of positive images of transsexual and LGBTI roles, so they are as good as the WASP heterosexual role models.
In the meantime, transsexual and intersexual people are, at best, only half a way from equality. Probably the problem is in the different nature of transsexualism versus homosexuality. The fact is that homosexuality refers only to sexual preference, so it leads to the so called “heterosexual paradigm”; for example, that men should just sexually desire women and vice versa. This (wrong) belief now is clearly outdated (I mean, generally in the world, but it’s not like this in Italy, for instance) and came from the need of sexual reproduction.
|In a park.|
One consequence of this point of view is that some people think there are only two possible gender roles and expressions in nature; to be precise this fact is not directly correlated with transsexualism, instead with the freedom of gender expression.
Having said this, we can see that the battle for transsexual rights is also a battle for power, because when you say that women and men are at the same level and are made of the same essence, you cannot justify anymore women’s exclusion from social life and leadership.
In a way, it seems to me that the battle for transsexual civil rights is similar to the battle that African American people fought for equality in the United States after the Second World War. Definitely such activists like Martin Luther King and Malcom X are the source of inspiration for me.
So, in brief, I have seen conventional tales. I’d like to see stories of success in education, work, politics and generally in society, life, and relationships, which is never too easy.
Certainly the number of transsexual people that wish to come out from stealth and stand in a battle for civil rights is not higher, but this couldn’t even be a problem. The matter is that L-G claims are not the same as T claims; in the first case they are mainly related to marriage, adoption and homophobia, whereas T claims are connected with: access to medical care; standards of care (even in childhood), public support and counselling; legal matters regarding civil status, name change, sex indication; document change process; discrimination at work and at school; discrimination in family, social discrimination and transphobia. So, in my opinion there are too many differences.
And secondly, since then there has not been any progress (with the exception of the implementation of international standards of care, which changed the worst Italian standards of care, but unfortunately only in few hospitals) despite the great fuss of the trans organizations.
At present it seems to me that the Italian trans movement doesn’t have too much influence on politics and decision makers; there is no lobbying for trans people. As I said, maybe that movement, despite lobbying independently, tried to search for support from a specific political party and this was a great error. Perhaps better qualifications of such activists would be more beneficial and helpful too. For this reason, I thought that these days the legal solutions could be more effective in Italy in my battle for civil rights.
I’m a member of “Rete Lenford”, which is an organization for social advancement. As a result, I took part, amongst other things, in the formulation of a parliamentary bill on civil and transgender rights, which was proposed in this present (XVII) legislature.
As for transgender women in politics, I’m not sure about whether they would be able to make a difference if they were elected members of parliament. In Italy, some years ago, we had a would-be transgender person, but I cannot say whether this fact has improved our rights; as a matter of fact, I don’t think so.
The point is that in politics, one person alone cannot do too many things; it’s necessary to create a network of relations. I think that the recent months have witnessed in Italy the emergence of a “class of common interest” for LGBTI civil rights; maybe the time for action is going to come!
|On the flat roof of the Constitutional|
Court in Rome on the day of her victory.
Its mission is to support member companies in developing business opportunities related to having in place a comprehensive diversity strategy. I'm a member of the team, in the role of T* advisory. In the bank where I work I’m a trade unionist, too.
So I could act on two fronts to implement best business practices.
I think that the European Union could lead an important role in levelling the common ground of Member States in the field of LGBTI civil and family rights. So, in my opinion, EU should be a focus point, implementing strategies for national civil rights.