The deputy of the Assembly of Madrid for the PSOE, and first transsexual woman that occupies this position in the national territory, Carla Antonelli, delivered this morning the conference entitled Past, present and future of the struggle for real equality. The meeting was directed to more than 800 students from eight educational centers of the Island and counted on the collaboration of the Ministry of Human Resources, Organization, Education and Youth of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria and the collective Gamá.
During the meeting, Antonelli offered a tour of the history of the conquest of LGTBi rights and reviewed his experiences. "I remember perfectly how in 1977 the police beat me to death for my condition," lamented the deputy.
He also invited young people to reflect on the cases of discrimination that occur in schools, as a result of the lack of social acceptance that the group still suffers. "Although it is true that we have made progress, there is still a lot to do," he said. To then add that, "the differences have to make us grow, as has happened in the richest cultures in history."
The appointment also served to Keyla Suárez and Bianca Álamo, two young members of the collective Gamá, 17 and 19 years respectively, told the episodes of discrimination that lived in the schools where they studied their secondary education. "The transit has to do society and not us," said Alamo. An opinion seconded by Suarez, who also added that "being trans must not be a secret and you have to contribute to diversity."
At the end of the meeting, the attendees had the opportunity to participate in a question round that was very useful so that the adolescents could clarify their doubts and thus be able to fulfill the objective of the formative talk.