Beatings, public humiliations, being rejected by their families… Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans are sharing their stories of abuse and discrimination. If you have also suffered this sort of abuse, step forward.
27 Agosto 2018 15:32
Written by Rubén Serrano. Original version written in Spanish here.
Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, intersexuals and other members of the LGTB+ community have taken to Twitter to denounce, with the hashtag #MeQueer, the verbal abuse, physical violence and other forms of discrimination they endure because of their sexual orientation and identity.
The movement, inspired by the #MeToo phenomenon which helped women all over the world share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment, was sparked by Hartmut Schrewe, a writer residing in Brandenburg (Germany).
#mequeer— feliks jean piechatzek (@homolordt) August 17, 2018
Being beaten so hard that your nose bleeds like hell for just coming out as trans to your dad.
Being called He/she/it by your p. E. teacher and being told in front of yr class how you're an abomination
Constantly scared that telling a new friend ur trans will kill u
‘My husband is my husband not my buddy. #Homophobia #MeQueer’, he tweeted on 13 August. The tweet itself didn’t gain much momentum, but the hashtag soon went viral and the LGBT+ community used it to publicly share their stories.
Having scars on your body as a daily reminder that homophobes insulted by your existence will often feel that gives them the right to be violent #MeQueer— James Craig (@JWCK1986) August 23, 2018
Beatings, humiliations in school, rejection by their families, and even the lack of visibility in the media; the LGBT+ community is sharing the violence they live day after day.
I hate it that whenever I go out of my house and am dressed or look "gay" that day I have the constant fear that I'm gonna get attacked and have to be very careful where I go #MeQueer— _rainbowbutts (@rainbowbutts1) August 23, 2018
Despite the progress made for equal rights and social equality, violence against the LGBT+ community is still very much alive. Last month, the British government published a survey of 110,000 members of the community that revealed that two out of every five had suffered verbal or physical abuse in the last 12 months.
I'm so sick and tired about being told I'm only allowed to exist if I do so quietly and don't disturb heteronormative society invalidating anyone who doesn't fit the straight and narrow idea of what a human being should be! For fuck's sake!#MeQueer— Connie (@ConnieWiegand) August 18, 2018
In Ireland, The Irish Council for Civil Liberties shared a report indicating that their country has one of the highest numbers of hate crimes against the trans community in the European Union.
When I told my cousin that I am a lesbian, she said that is disgusting and to this day she treats me as straight. I didn't tell anyone else. #MeQueer— Narke (@GreatNarke) August 24, 2018
In Spain, the Madrid Observatory against LGBT-phobia registered in 2017 up to 287 cases in the region of Madrid, 47 more than the previous year. In Catalonia, the Observatory against Homophobia recorded up to 111 incidents, 32.2% more than in 2016. However, not all cases are reported to the police. Many prefer not to turn to the authorities or even to organisations out of fear or shame.