ABOUT 500 PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND MARCH LGBTI + IN FUNCHAL

ABOUT 500 PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND MARCH LGBTI + IN FUNCHAL

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Around 500 people participated today in Funchal in the second LGBTI + (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex) march organized in Madeira by the Ex-eaquo Network, having traveled several streets of the city without incident and without police accompaniment.
“Last year our motto was ‘Living in Diversity’, because we thought it was ideal to start Funchal Pride, but this year we went further and our motto is ‘Transpose Preconceptions’,” said the organization’s spokesman, Emanuel Caires, stressing that the main objective is to raise awareness of transgender issues.
Emanuel Caires explained that the transition process “is not happening in the best way” in the autonomous region, because the public service of endocrinology “is not working as it should”, which forces transsexuals to use the private health service for the care they need.
Funchal Pride is based on two great moments: the march and the camp, which is taking place at the Municipal Garden, in the center of the Madeiran capital.
The march brought together some five hundred people, including elements of the LGBTI community and supporters, having toured several arteries of Funchal, including a section of the marginal avenue, without incident and also without police escort, which, according to the organization, resulted from a failure of communication in the Public Security Police.
In addition to the difficulties of access to medical care by transsexuals, Emanuel Caires warned of the “exodus” that affects the LGBTI + population in the autonomous region, especially the youth, due to “prejudices” and “insecurity”.
“We know that there is a great tendency for LGBTI youth to settle in other cities in Portugal, outside Madeira and Porto Santo, so that they can be themselves, because there is, in fact, great insecurity in the region, an insecurity that is familiar, social, professional, an insecurity that is everything and anything else, “he said, adding that” more support “is needed from the official entities.
Caroline Gouveia, who participated for the first time in this march as a supporter of the LGBTI + community, said that taboos are still a “very present reality” in the Madeiran society, so it is necessary to “fight it.”
Holding a poster with the inscription “Prejudice in prejudice I already filled the chat,” the young woman stressed that she often witnesses “prejudiced and discriminatory attitudes”, both in the field of education, as well as in health.
A similar opinion was expressed by Alex Faria, stating that “the reality [of the LGBTI + community] in the region is not encouraging”.
“In terms of legislation, we have seen a breakthrough, but this process always consists of two phases: legislating and educating. Pride is just that: educating people, getting people used to it, getting here and not hiding in a hole, “he said.
Representatives of various institutions, such as Amnesty International, Opus Gay, the Abraço Association, the Women’s Alternative and Response Union (UMAR), the Mad le’s Femme group and the Portuguese Foundation for the Community against AIDS are participating in the march.
Also noteworthy for the ILGA Association, the oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights in Portugal, and AMPLOS, an association of mothers and fathers of LGBTI + children and young people.
“The greatest fear of parents is the others, it is the great fear: the others, what others will say,” said the AMPLOS vice president, Manuela Ferreira, considering that the best way to overcome this fear is to “inform” .

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