From Acceptance to Legislation of Rights for the LGBTQIA+ Community
by Álvaro Meléndez
In Affirmation, we believe that there are countless and promising roads to travel, as well as thousands of opportunities present in the form of personal and collective challenges, where our greatest purpose is to be accepted, leading to greater possible realities, with full rights and equality for all.
Human beings individually belong to a community of people forming a society, each with full rights and duties. Governments must guarantee through public policy and laws the integral wellbeing of all their citizens without discrimination. These include important areas such as education and health. Laws must allow for the positive development of each individual. However, this does not occur in many countries around the world, particularly in Latin America, despite the great efforts made by the United Nations.
In Affirmation, we encourage and support social initiatives while inclusively intersecting with other platforms and organizations. At heart, we retain our spirituality which defines us as children of God. As we set out to promote laws in favor of equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people, we must first accept ourselves. We know that each individual within this community identifies and seeks to live differently than what society and religion dictate for us. We cannot let our identities and lives be undermined. We must recognize our value. We must recognize the need for legal and human rights.
Even today, there are still many where governments violate the rights of their LGBTQIA+ citizens. However, we are seeing some progress with more legislation being approved and enacted in favor of the human dignity of those within our community. These developments are thanks to increased understanding driven by platforms and organizations like Affirmation which serve as a light for the world.
From Affirmation Venezuela, we join the cause of equal rights for all as a declaration of the universal love of our Heavenly Father for all His children. With the LGBTQIA+ community, we will work for self-acceptance, self-respect, and awareness while working to overcome family rejection and social exclusion.
Despite great advances, in most Latin American countries, including Venezuela, there are no legal protections for the LGBTQIA+ community. This is why, in Affirmation, we believe that there are countless and promising roads to travel, as well as thousands of opportunities present in the form of personal and collective challenges, where our greatest purpose is to be accepted, leading to greater possible realities, with full rights and equality for all.