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Recognizing the Right to Our Identities

Affirmation Venezuela 2022-09-21

by Marcial Fuenmayor

September 21, 2022

The recognition of our identity goes through a necessary exercise of self-valuation and self-recognition of who we are; of that unique essence that makes us truly authentic and valuable. However, this exercise necessarily requires other indispensable actions, such as: demanding respect for who we are, even a basic recognition that we are and exist in this world, contributing an extraordinary added value to society through our work and the footprints we leave on the road of life so that that future generations can continue with a firmer and safer step into the future.

Something as basic as the right to have a name is flatly denied in the 21st century. A simple word that encloses -symbolically- the most authentic part of who we are and which we take for granted; unfortunately, in many countries, it is not possible to carry it since many people in our community are subjected to mockery, public scorn and the systematic denial of their most basic rights, such as access to health, education and public services, for not having a name according to their real identity.

Affirmation Venezuela, in alliance with local non-governmental organizations, stands out: OKno, Ciudadanía Diversa, Movimiento SOMOS, and Resonalia carry out a series of strategic actions to demand the recognition of this important right for trans people in the country by governmental institutions. For this reason, last Saturday, August 21, in the city of Maracaibo, the activity “My Right is My Identity” took place as part of these joint efforts.

The activity was highlighted by a special atmosphere, full of fraternity, color, activism, and the special spiritual and vindicating touch of Affirmation in a path of justice that must be traveled, carrying very high and with great pride the flag of the message that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us; with each of the beautiful colors with which He has created us.

This article was submitted by an Affirmation community member. The opinions expressed are wholly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Affirmation, our leadership, or our staff. Affirmation welcomes the submission of articles by community members in accordance with our mission, which includes promoting the understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and our vision for Affirmation to be a refuge to land, heal, share, and be authentic.

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