Even in the absence of dramatic headlines, gay and trans activists are pressing legal cases and consolidating social recognition worldwide.
by Gaius Marcius
In October of 2016, France became the last major Western European nation to end the requirement that all individuals seeking gender reassignment be permanently sterilized. According to a map published by TransgenderEurope (TGEU), in 2016 most of Eastern Europe still required sterilization, a legacy of the mid 20th century medical consensus that considered transgenderism a mental disorder.
Countries with a communist past and a strong national identity tend to be less accepting of progressive sexual identities. The same year that the French moved toward the normalization of trans identity, the Chinese banned television depictions of vulgar, immoral, and unhealthy content. From The Guardian:
“Chinese censors have released new regulations for content that “exaggerates the dark side of society” and now deem homosexuality, extramarital affairs, one night stands and underage relationships as illegal on screen.”
Recent court challenges in China have sought to loosen restrictions on gay marriage and revise anti-gay textbooks, but with little success. Chinese identity which encompasses politics, culture, and morals has proved more resistant to the sexual revolution than the merely procedural hurdles in Western nations.
South America, for instance, has seen laws change over the past decade, including easier ways to change identity cards and official documents. The rhetoric of trans activists should sound familiar to everyone who remembers what gay rights activists were like before bankrupting Christian businesses became their national past–time:
“We do not ask for other rights—we ask for the same rights as any other citizen. A person who does not have an identity does not exist. We are part of society!”
Another large swath of the globe stretching from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula and across central Asia still actively prevents gay and trans people from being part of society. Muslim identity is so self-assured that many European cities are seeing an increase in anti-gay rhetoric from their new guests.
Probably seeking to maximize the public sympathy elicited per propaganda dollar spent, TransgenderEurope limits their scope to First World nations. The TGEU deployed their most shocking statistic to impress the urgency of trans rights on the public consciousness:
“There is no safe country for trans people. Since 2008 more than 100 murders of trans people have been documented in Europe.”
Where are Trent Holmgren and the Europa Report team when we really need them?