For the right to exist | 24 hours

For the right to exist | 24 hours
For the right to exist | 24 hours

For the right to exist

Marius Diserens – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Consultant, Green elected official in Nyon

Published today at 6:37 a.m.

The Constitution is clear on the principle of legal equity since it opens with the following sentence: “The Swiss cantons and people […] determined to live together their diversities with respect for others and fairness.” Why then does the victory of the exceptional Nemo, a non-binary person, at Eurovision, arouse both the wrath and the praise of the population, who, as usual on these issues, are torn apart?

Putting this subject on the political agenda makes sense since we have just celebrated, on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This last form of discrimination which not only is not criminally reprehensible, but takes on crazy proportions with the propagation of transphobic discourse, based on disinformation and unscientific facts.

Trans and non-binary people must be able to benefit from societal and legal recognition. This will not take anything away from people who identify with a binary gender, which would remain the norm. It is not a question of erasing identities, but of broadening the field of possibilities, of going beyond the binary so that everyone living in Switzerland can do so in harmony. Pretending that the population is not ready is a sign that we consider rights to be privileges, and that our shared humanity is not a sufficient condition to be able to benefit from them.

There is nothing more hypocritical than conservative arguments claiming to be “respectful of trans and non-binary people” but whose authors continue to shine with their almost intentional “misgendering”, and demand that they fall into a binary gender identity to “satisfy the majority.” All this crowned by the anguish of not knowing whether these people would be subjected to military service.

Substantive debate

Before looking at their duties, we must look at their fundamental rights, which are largely not guaranteed. A trans/non-binary person is five times more likely to attempt suicide, and 20% of this population, numbering in the tens of thousands in Switzerland, is unemployed compared to 3% of the cisgender population. . A report from the Federal Council on the health of LGBTI people recognized that barriers to care and medical wandering were exacerbated among this population, in particular due to a blatant lack of training for health professionals. To name just the visible part of the iceberg.

Our role as politicians is to provide factual and scientific information to the population on the realities of the people concerned, so that they can form an informed opinion. A fundamental debate is necessary, on the modalities of legal recognition of non-binary people, on the addition of a third gender to the civil status or the total erasure of the gender mention, but not on their right to exist.

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