By Anabel L. Lena M. and Sumeya B.
How Do The Various Experiences of LGBTQ+ People In Latin America Compare To Those In Seattle?
I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life, so I’ve always been surrounded by a welcoming community and city that openly celebrates diversity and pride. For example, every June since 1974, the city has hosted a pride parade through Downtown Seattle. In the early years, Seattle’s parade was small, but according to Ana Sofia Knauf from The Evergrey, “Our city’s Pride March has come a long way, from a small group of pioneers to a massive parade that draws in thousands of people” (The Evergrey). Our families, mine and Anabel’s, have been part of the parade for years, and this shows how Seattle’s pride fest has grown from a small community event to one for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our Seattle community is made up of so many wonderful people, and the contributions that LGBTQ+ members of this city have made to our history and community are integral to Seattle’s culture. Seattle is just one city; for our project, we studied how culture and community shape LGBTQ+ experiences on a global scale.
Photo by Lena M.
The LGBTQ+ Latinx Experience
Te denominan por el género que tu pareces ser. Porque cuando hablas de no binariedad, la gente suele pensar en androginia inmediatamente, y cuando tu no representas eso, la gente te asigna un género.
Identidades No Binarias: relatos de personas que escepan de la normatividad de genero
“There’s a lot of young Latino LGBT people out there who are afraid to come out because of rejection from their churches, their families, their friends,”Catherine Pino, It’s Hard To Tell La Familia You’re Gay
Identidades no binarias: Relatos de personas que escapan de la normatividad del género
Paly Valentin and Sasha Fernadois are two young non-binary people from the Latinx community, and their experiences as nonbinary people had many similarities. Since the two of them were very little, they knew that they didn’t identify with the gender that society assigned them. For Paly, it was hard growing up as a child because their culture was associated with hyper-feminine and masculine qualities. As a child, Paly described how they never identified with either extreme and within their culture, this was seen as a negative, which has made it hard for Paly to live their life free from the external stigma surrounding gender fluidity in their culture.
This article highlighted that even spaces that are seen as welcoming for LGBTQ+ people are not always safe spaces to be out in. Paly Valentin experienced very harsh reactions from many cis women involved in the feminist movement, who tied oppression and womanhood directly to what is considered female body parts in society. Though feminism is generally considered a safe space for LGBTQ+ people, many aspects of the movement itself are ripe with transphobic undertones and messages, for Paly this was alarming and unsettling to see happen in a movement that was supposedly breaking free from patriarchal norms.
La Compleja Realidad De Ser Gay En América Latina
The experiences of people living in Seattle are so different from the stories I read in an article titled, “La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina”. In one story, a man was arrested and beaten by the police just for his sexual orientation and the investigation of the case was not sufficient and did not consider his story to be important. Another one talked about how “en diciembre de 2016, Isabella Saturno y su pareja fueron reprendidas en un restaurante de Tony Roma en Caracas por ser «demasiado cariñosas»” (CNN). This quote explains how a woman and her partner were publicly reprimanded in a restaurant for “showing affection.” This is mind-boggling to me since so many people in my life are part of the LGBTQ+ community and can comfortably express themselves in public.
A Love Story True And True: Elisa y Marcella
The movie Elisa y Marcela is a story about two women, who fall in love in Spain during the late 1800s. In order to stay together as a couple, Elisa disguises herself as a man and tricks a priest into marrying them. The movie explores the reaction of the community when they discover the true nature of their relationship and shows the adversity that the lesbian couple faces. In a particularly violent scene, Elisa is stoned by her neighbors while walking through a forest, which shows the anger that the community feels towards the two women because of their sexual orientation. A couple of years later, while Elisa and Marcela are working as teachers in a different village, they arrive at school to a near-empty classroom after town gossip has led to everyone’s knowing that they are in a romantic relationship. The parents’ choosing to distance their young children from Elisa and Marcela supports the idea that lesbian people were viewed as immoral or wrong, so people did not want children to be exposed to them. This shows the fear, a product of heteronormativity, that the community felt surrounding a lesbian relationship.
Reenactment photo taken by Netflix, Original photo taken by José Sellier
Based On A TrueLoveStory
Elisa Loriga and Marcela Ibeas’s marriage is considered to be the first same-sex marriage in Spain. Unfortunately, many critics hold the opinion that the movie fails to do the real-life story justice. The most common criticism is that the movie lacks passion, so it is difficult for the audience to form an emotional connection to the characters and feel the intensity of the scenes. Some also take issue with the fact that Marcela becomes pregnant with Andrés’s baby in order to make the ruse of Elisa being a man more credible. This is hard to believe because Andrés, a towns-person who discovers Elisa and Marcela dancing together in a romantic way, explicitly shows his disapproval of Elisa and Marcela’s relationship throughout the movie.
What We Learned