A group of activists from the LGBTIQ community of Peru met in two central squares in downtown Lima to carry out the “Kisses for diversity” action to denounce discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexuals
A day after the symbolic wedding that this group organized in the Parque del Amor, in the district of Miraflores, another group of gays, lesbians and bisexuals gathered in San Martín square to kiss wrapped in the characteristic multicolored flags of this group.
The action was convened in social networks and was also replicated in the Plaza de Armas, in the historic center of Lima.
The “Kisses against Homophobia” were established on this date by this community since 2011 when a group of LGBTIQ activists was harshly repressed by the Police for giving these signs of affection in the Plaza de Armas, where the Government Palace, the Lima Cathedral and the Metropolitan Municipality.
In a statement, the organizers of the action said that the police action on that date was “a clear example of abuse of authority and discrimination, as a message of rejection and hatred of the lives of thousands of LGTBIQ + people in Peru and the world,” which reaffirmed their need to “continue fighting and resisting against injustice and violence against our lives”.
They demanded and demanded that the Peruvian State, through its three powers, and the different public and private institutions and institutions, “to legislate within the framework of national and international treaties, to comply with and respect the Law that Promotes Equality and the No Discrimination for Sexual Orientation and Gender, as well as urgent approval of the Law on Gender Identity in the framework of Human Rights. “
They also urged local governments to implement and promote the necessary actions and regulations that guarantee respect for the dignified life of their citizens, and, above all, “respect for our lives, because, although society and the State refuse in recognizing it, WE EXIST! and we are not and will not be willing to negotiate our Rights. “
On Saturday, February 15, nine years after the first kiss against homophobia, the activists remarked that they are still stronger and more united, and that they reaffirm “in the struggle of our brothers who are still standing today for a country where everyone, someday , let’s look at each other as equals. “