Collective action for change: Spain’s landmark legislation and the power of civil society collaboration
Spanish parliament passed a new trans and LGBTI+ law allowing anyone over 16 to change their registered gender, prohibiting conversion therapies, and advancing other rights for LGBTIQ people. Comms Hub and Laintersección teams welcome this decision, which will have a long-term positive impact on Spanish society.
Spain recently took a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and accepting society when its parliament passed a new trans and LGBTI+ law allowing anyone over 16 to change their registered gender, prohibiting conversion therapies, and advancing other rights for LGBTIQ people. This is an important moment, especially for trans people who can now decide their gender identity freely.
La Intersección, Comms Hub’s member in Spain, partnered with LGBTI+ groups in its recent collective campaign to foster new narratives for the trans communities in Spain. Through an evidence-based campaign, we sought to direct collective action to challenge transphobia by focusing on boosting online communication strategies and capacity building of NGOs.
Comms Hub and Laintersección teams welcome this decision by the Spanish parliament, which will have a long-term positive impact on Spanish society. The trans law will protect trans people (especially trans youth) from being pathologized during their transitions. The ban on conversion therapy will protect vulnerable individuals from harmful practices that seek to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Furthermore, the end to public subsidies for groups that promote LGBTIphobia will send a clear message that discrimination and hatred have no place in modern society.
We share the joy of this victory with LGBTI+ groups in Spain. Our joint efforts contributed to this legal progress and demonstrated the power of collective action and evidence-based campaigns to create positive change and promote equity and equality.
We hope this legislation will inspire other countries to take similar steps towards creating a more inclusive and accepting world.