In the framework of the Pride month, the activist Tiago Ventura reflects on progress and setbacks in the rights of his community
Culiacan, Sinaloa.- The marches of the LGBTTTI struggle (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, transvestite and intersex) have gone from being a mere carnival in Sinaloa to becoming a whole political movement, which is already seen with a perspective of compliance with public policies that ensure rights, explains Tiago Ventura, spokesperson for the Diversity Committee in Culiacán.
But the fight has suffered setbacks at times. Just on June 18, 2019, just a year ago, the Sinaloa State Congress shocked Mexico, denying the right to equal marriage.
With 20 votes against and 18 in favor, the local deputies of Sinaloa rejected the initiative to reform the Civil Code that removes the legal obstacles so that marriage ceases to be an antiquated and patrimonial figure that occurs between a man and a woman, to advance to the point that marriage is “the union between two people”, regardless of preferences or gender, as it appears in the Mexican Constitution.
During that historic session, the Congress room was bursting, divided between those who supported the legislative reform and those who were against it. In the end, traditionalism won, the Morena Pary who pushed the proposal were defeated by parliamentary democracy.
THE FIGHTING CONTINUES…
However, this has not stopped the conviction to make same-sex civil marriage legal in Sinaloa, the goal now is for it to reform, explains Tiago Ventura, who recalled that three initiatives had already been presented before the Covid-19 pandemic. to the benches of different political parties.
The issue is in committees again, but also, this time there is a legal strategy that is to protect the contrary decision of the state congress since it violates the individual guarantees of a group of the population. The Amparo is in process.
On the other hand, he mentioned that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation is about to declare the unconstitutionality of articles 40 and 165 of the family code, which speak about marriage and adoption for marriages institutionalized as heterosexual.
Already four Amparos resolved and with one more, the norms that establish these articles would be declared unconstitutional, and thus, the congress would have 90 days to renew them. If not, the Supreme Court of Justice sanctions Congress and the law is automatically amended to allow equal marriage without the need for additional protection in Sinaloa.
SINALOA, A MORE EMPATHIC STATE
In his activism for 15 years, Tiago highlights that the fight for LGBTI rights in the entity, is perceived with more respect by the people of Sinaloa, especially by the new generations, and he corrects the term “community”, since external that The members of this fight are part of society.
I think that we have used the term “community” badly, the people who are part of this fight are not villagers who go down to the city to march from time to time, nor are we isolated from society, we are part of it and, as for the marches, These have served to make diversity visible.
Ventura points out that the marches have served to make the fight visible, but that it is not just about marching, but rather that public policies are made since there would be no point in having one or two marches a year and not obtaining the rights they seek.
We believe that these (the marches) have been a watershed in the education of diversity. We have advanced and applied more pressure on the legislative issue to receive our human rights which is what interests us at the moment. Before the diversity marches were seen as a mini carnival, now they are a political movement, in addition to integrating families, friends, and authorities; even, the endorsement of society has grown
The mentality of the male chauvinist from Sinaloa will not change with marches or with the approved egalitarian marriage, Tiago accepts and points out that empathy and non-discrimination, as well as respect for social movements and people with different sexual preferences, will take a generation to change.
We are secure that future generations will be more respectful of diversity.
We will seek to re-raise the proposal of equal marriage
The march of diversity in Culiacán would be the first week of June, however, due to the health contingency, it has been postponed for the month of November.