The LGBT+ community did not have a representative (not that it was open about its sexual preferences) in the Chamber of Deputies, but in this legislative body Salma Luevano became one of the two trans legislators which supports the rights of the population.
A week ago it was announced that Luevano was nominated for the Global Trailblazer Award, being internationally recognized, but this process is not easy and as she says, it is a project of everyone, everyone and everyone. It is for this reason that Infobae LGBT + is talking to the legislator.
“Our battle was not easy. There’s a lot of resistance, and in our case as trans women, it’s even harder to be able to move forward, to demand these rights that we shouldn’t even be demanding, because as human beings we have the same rights as everyone else, all and allhe mentioned.
The Morena MP has not only confirmed that he is fighting this battle “with pride and dignity”, but also that there is a lot of opposition to the two trans MPs who are persisting in the lower house.
During this time, he encountered “the ignorance, the lack of empathy and the lack of recognition of our own identities, prejudices, stigmas, all these phobias,” which can be seen not only when in session, but across much of Mexico.
Salma Luevano has been an activist and social fighter for the LGBT+ community for about 30 years, but this happened thanks to the doubts she had about this fight for rights that she leads every day.
Despite the attempts that many, many have tried to make on LGBT+ rights, the MP confirmed that they have not been developed as they should be “for this dignity of our human rights”.
“It’s not advanced because it’s not their agenda, they, so they don’t care, I do not care. I am beginning to understand in this search for an answer and why we did not move forward. We had to knock directly on the doors, on the door of these decision-making spaces.
He referred to the fact that he had already touched the “back door” that was the Allies’ that allowed them to advance, but not by touching the “front door that is our electoral political rights.
The lawmaker also recalled how the media attacked her that it is better to devote herself to what she already knows, since the deputy is also an image designer and stylist.
With disdain, they turned to the current trans MP “what better keep cutting hairbecause he did not have the capacity to exercise public spaces”, he said.
The social burden on her person and her identity gave her more power to work harder, and this led her to go to the State Electoral Institute, where she asked for places before affirmative action for disadvantaged groups.
“It’s something we have to understand, we can’t shut it down or segment it to our rainbow population. We need to open this fan, so let us take shelter among all nationshe mentioned.
He told Infobae LGBT+ how the Federal Electoral Court forced parties during the voting period to “provide seats for our population. Something historic,” bringing this process to all countries and leading them.
For this reason, today there are trans councilors, non-binary deputies (one in Veracruz and another in Aguascalientes) and with that the legislator feels proud that these achievements have been made.
As a representative of the LGBT+ population, in the Chamber of Deputies, “it fills me with pride to be able to wear Throw yourself into this battle and gives importance to why we should be in the decision-making spaces,” he pointed out.
Legislative work is not easy, and along with that, Salma Luevano mentions that today everything must be given for those public policies towards the community that “our population lacks so much”.
“It’s not easy, there’s a lot of resistance in Congress. There are 500 deputies, each has its own program. Our program never interested themthey never cared. It was always under the table, in the drawers and they didn’t pick it up,” he admitted.
And in the face of this agenda, he called not only for legislators, but for everyone, everyone, because in order to carry out these public policies, he cannot do them alone.
“I need the help of civil society to advance this agenda. We need to join ranks, support each other, and they need to champion it in the legislative work so that we can give it that push and that agenda can never be lower again, be where it needs to be, as everyone else.” .
“Our population is not only equal marriage and gender identity, but also beyond“, he admitted.
The deputy dreams that at some point in all of Mexico and the world, equal marriage and gender identity will be homologated, but attention must be paid to specific public policies.
“We need to be in these spaces that are historically owed to us and they are not whims, they are human rights that we have the same rights as everyone, everyone and everyone.”
Luevano guided his career along four axes: visibility, education, awareness and movement forward. This enables trans women to be in public and private spaces “because we have to and we have that right.”
“We are very visible and by being in all spaces it will begin to normalize what is normal, to reduce the levels of hate speech as well as the hate crimes that are so unfortunate and even more so in the case of Mexico, where we are in second place globally, with Brazil being first.”
“This will allow these hate speeches to be eradicated as well hate crimes“.
He admitted he cried and laughed, “but it made me who I am today, Salma Luevanoproudly trans woman, ‘diputrans’, with this great pride, because that’s what it cost me’.
“A struggle that will not cease, not until the last day of my reign, but until the last day of my life, because it is part of who I am,” he concluded.