The role that lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex women have played in fighting for equality when they themselves face multiple forms of discrimination because of their sex, gender identity and sexuality are highlighted in this video from the LGBTI rights group ILGA-Europe. It’s in honor of the 100th International Women’s Day.
Watch below as members of ILGA Europe’s current Executive Board highlight the crucial role that lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex women have had in making the world a fairer and more equal place, and as they implore more women, whether LBTI or other, to get involved in the fight for all forms of gender equality.
Linda: Women used to be heavily underrepresented in the European LGBTI movement.
Louise: There were – and are still – significant barriers to the participation of women.
Gabi: Social norms.
Linda: Hetero normativity.
Louise: To fight for equal rights for all, the movement had to be fully inclusive and representative.
Gabi: There are indeed more women today in the LGBTI movement than 15 years ago.
Tanja: But not enough – women need to have a stronger voice in the movement.
Linda: Lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex women still face disadvantage because of their sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
Louise: This can mean that they suffer from acute forms of multiple discrimination.
Gabi: Without women’s involvement, the movement would simply not meet the needs of all LGBTI people.
Tanja: Without women’s involvement, the LGBTI movement will lack the perspective of women in the fight for gender equality.
Louise: Be engaged.
Gabi: Be a woman in the LGBTI movement.
Find out how you can get involved and find out more at ILGA-Europe.
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