AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

JUDIT TAKÁCS: How to put equality into practice?Applying a coalition based strategy can also be useful in activatingtransgender citizenship. A wide variety of people transgressing thetraditional gender binaries can identify themselves as a transgender personincluding “transsexuals, transgenderists, transvestites, cross-dressers, thirdsex, intersex, non-labelled, drag queens, drag kings, gender challenged,gender-gifted, shapeshifters etc.” (Nataf, 1996:16). It would be hard to usethe transgender category – being perhaps even more fictitious thanhomosexuality – in the course of a unifying sexual identity based politics.However, we can witness the effective functioning of ‘transgender rightscoalitions’ – such as the Press for Change 12 in the UK – in gaininggradually ‘fuller’ community membership for some transgender people insome cases, while being aware of the fact that “fighting for rights for alltransgender people would entail substantial social change, such as thecreating of ‘third and other’ sex/gender categories and legislative supportfor marriage between people of all genders” (Monro–Warren, 2004:357).Political emancipation is inseparable from social emancipation ofLGBT people. Social emancipation is an umbrella term embracing thewhole spectrum of life from legal frameworks and political participationopportunities to cultural representations.IV.3.3. Social emancipation and cooperationSocial emancipation of LGBT people is often interpreted as a kind ofconsecutive phase of legal emancipation.We have had a century of the struggle against the legal discrimination ofhomosexuals. That was the gay rights movement. It was about rights andlegal issues. Now comes the much more difficult sequence of gettingsocial equality. There is the much more difficult struggle for socialemancipation. We have had the legal emancipation, now we need socialemancipation which is still only in the starting blocks. (G. H.)In this context anti-discrimination legislation is seen as afoundation stone in a process of “social equality construction”:A very good starting point is when you have strong legislation. InSweden, both counterparts: employers and trade unions are aware of thislegislation and no employer wants a bad reputation. (G. S.)12 www.pfc.org.uk88

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