The "historical" support given by IU and, since its foundation, by Podemos to the claims of transgender people it does not only find opposition between the right and the extreme right or in a part of socialism. Also in their own ranks, although unevenly and, in both cases, with little capacity to generate debate, much less to change a position that has been defined in internal documents, in electoral programs and in votes in regional parliaments. Two communiqués from militants, local officials and, in the case of the left-wing coalition, some relevant name, have collected signatures in recent weeks against the draft trans law processed by the Ministry of Equality as part of the government agreement. Among the signatories in the IU case are Alberto Garzón's rival in the imminent XII Federal Assembly, Jose Antonio Garcia Rubio; the former coordinator Cayo Lara; or the president of the Feminist Party, Lidia Falcón, who was precisely expelled from IU for her position in this matter.
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The manifesto "Take back Feminism" that questions the IU militancy denounces an "ideological turn" and the absence of a "deep debate" within the organization. In the opinion of the signatories, the draft law is an example of "entryism of [las] neoliberal policies in the political sphere of the left "and that" favors the 'erasure' of said group [el trans], LGB and women in general "who, they say," leave even more unprotected against sexist violence. "Among the more than 600 signatories, in addition to those mentioned, there are rank-and-file activists, voters and some municipal officials.
From the IU, its spokesperson Sira Rego recalls that "the position of the coalition in this regard is historic" and that it was the first party that demanded in 1999 "the inclusion of transsexual treatment through universal public coverage." In addition, he explains to elDiario.es, "he already included trans depathologization in his 2008 electoral program." Rego recalls that "the Feminist Party was expelled for transphobia" and concludes that the manifesto "is an attack on IU feminists."
"In Podemos there are also Feminists" It is the replica of this manifesto in the field of Podemos, whose leader Irene Montero occupies the Ministry of Equality that promotes the law. The text recognizes that the draft of the law "has been promoted by and agreed with all organizations in defense of trans people", but that "it has not been subjected to debate in any organ of the party or with the rank and file." The signatories call for "a law that protects transgender people without undermining the rights of women or children."
In a recent interview, Irene Montero herself came up against these accusations when she recalled that Podemos has supported since its foundation "the rights of trans people because they are human rights," and has assured that the central issues of the trans law they were already on the party's electoral program for the 2014 European elections. The Minister of Equality affirms that she respects "any opinion" and highlights that the party has supported the regional norms that recognize the right to self-determination of gender.