The courage to bring down fear taboos and clichés to be free, diverse, real or, in short, the same, thread the story of the photographic exhibition Women who want women that, under the second heading Face the diversity of lesbian, bisexual and trans women, portrays six faces of LBT Canarian women to make visible the feminine from their plurality and, above all, point towards an egalitarian social horizon in terms of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
This sample of 12 photographs, which unfolds in the before and after of its six protagonists, has an interactive and itinerant character where each face and name treasures its own history, which visitors can access through a QR code from Your mobile device Thus, the vital paths of Alba, Melinda, Aleida, Lorenza, Lucía and Erika come together in the shelter of this exhibition project whose common challenge is unraveled in the desire to overcome. Specifically, Erika González, one of the protagonists of the photographic series, yesterday inaugurated the opening ceremony with Montserrat González, president of Gamá, and Sara Ramírez, counselor for Equality, Diversity and Transparency of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, which finances this exhibition through the T-Acompañamos project, in line with the line sponsored in this mandate in favor of the struggle for the recognition of the rights of the LGTBIQ + collective.
For his part, Erika González also put a face to this fight outside the cameras yesterday to tell the story of his transition. “I never had any doubts about what I was since I was little, but I couldn’t express it until a year and seven months ago, when my wife discovered a blister of pills because I was self-humming. But now I think that was my release,” he says.
As for his past of concealment and silence, González reveals that the road has been “complicated”, above all, to perform as a catering machine technique, which is a very “masculinized” work in the eyes of the patriarchal gaze, “thus Imagine a ladybug going to a neighborhood bar, where comments come quickly, “he says.
“But now I am very happy to have taken the step or, rather, to have forced myself to take the step. And I will not go back or take a run,” he says. In this step forward, González has had a solid network of support in his son and daughter, as well as in his mother and in his intimate circle of friendships. “They have been my greatest support. Even if someone tries to the, immediately correct the error and claim to be called by she”, he points, to what he adds, in relation to those who go through a similar process, that break the barriers of fear and live their lives in line with who they are. “I wish I had done it before,” he concludes.
Also the actress and LGTBIQ + activist, Lorenza Machín, distinguished with the Meninas Prize for the search for Equality last November 2019, is another of the protagonists of Women who want women. “When I got married without being 20 years old, they married me, negotiated with me, because being a serious, honest girl, who, as someone said there, in those years ‘looked like a dead mosquito, and look at her now, with a belly’, no you could remain a single mother, “says the card that shows her first image. Then, on the bright back of the show, Machín recounts his second marriage to his current wife: “My second wedding was held here in the City of Agaete, it was because we loved it. At twelve noon, we were premiering no only the dress and shoes, we were premiering an orchid in our hair, we were premiering illusions, we were premiering dreams and happiness. ” Precisely, Machín also stands for years in reference to the struggle of older LGTBIQ +, which claims the widow’s pension and that the residences contemplate sexual diversity.
For his part, Montserrat González said yesterday that “what is not known is not known, and what is not known, does not exist.” “And it doesn’t exist because of the inequality and because of the bad concepts that many people have about people who are different,” he continued, “and that’s why we come to claim that they do exist, that we do exist and that they are not alone, that they are not afraid , that we are by your side, for the good and for the bad. ” “The Gamá collective is a reference for them,” he said.
As for the new Ministry of Equality that presides Irene Montero (United We Can), the president of Gamá said that “we are happy with this new government and the first thing we ask is that the laws be passed and move forward, that they look for LGTBIQ + people and that they do not put them back in a drawer “.