Articol scris de Alexa Ciucu pentru Dilema Veche nr. 546 din 6 august 2014, disponibil online aici.
Imi amintesc si acum ziua cand am vazut intaia data doi barbati tinandu-se de mana pe strada. Se intampla in Berlin, prin 2008. Erau doi tineri obisnuiti, un cuplu ca oricare altul, sarmant si nevinovat. Totusi, era ceva uimitor in felul care isi asumau gestul de tandrete. Si chiar mai socant era ca dragostea lor nu starnea nicio mirare, nicio amenintare in preajma… Eu, insa, m-am oprit din drum si i-am urmarit o vreme din priviri. Banuiesc ca, pentru trecatori, paream a fi doar un alt strain homofob si lipsit de politete.
ACCEPT Association and ECP – European Center for Public Initiaves demand the elimination of a civil sentence regarding a transgender individual from the online environment. The present legal context relevant for the gender recognition of transgender persons is disported by the manner in which this sentence is published and accessed on the website of the Minister of Justice.
On July 28, 2014 ACCEPT and ECPI petitioned the Campeni Local Court, Alba Tribunal and Alba Court of Appeal asking the elimination of the civil sentence of Campeni Local Court regarding a transgender person from the Romanian courts of law portal (portal.just.ro). This sentence is the only one indicated by the search system as being relevant jurisprudence – in other words, the sentence of the Campeni Local Court is presented on the website administrated by the Minister of Justice as being the only one important out of the all judgments in the field of legal gender recognition. The Minister of Justice refuses to take any responsibility regarding what is published and maintained online on the respective website. “The management of the published data on the portal of Romanian courts of law is not the responsibility of the Minister of Justice – the institution developed the software hosted by the portal and provides technical support for its functioning and development, offering this instrument it to the Romanian courts which manage and administrate it,” reads the July 14, 2014 Minister of Justice reply to our inquiry.
Andrew Solomon, a renowned American writer and psychologist, addressed a numerous public on Saturday, June 14, holding a lectured titled Love, no matter what: sexualities and identities in the 21st century. The event was organized by ACCEPT and TRANSform Associations, with the support of the US Embassy; it was hosted by the Romanian Film Academy (UNATC).
In the following interview, Solomon discusses with ACCEPT the underlying meaning of identity and sexuality, talks about coming out as an empowerment tool and addresses a number of issues concerning the opposition to LGBT rights.
T: Today you are lecturing about sexuality and identity in the 21st century. What is sexuality? What is identity?
Andrew Solomon: Sexuality is the ways in which you are defined by the attractions that you feel: to whom you are attracted, why are you attracted in the way that you are, how does society treat you as a result of the attractions that you express or manifest, what are the things that you’re opened to the world about, what are the things that you keep closeted, all of those questions.
Identity is of interest to me because for a long time many sexualities, including sexualities such as mine as a gay man, were defined as illnesses and increasingly – in the United States at least – they have emerged as identities. I say that we use the word illness when we wish to disparage a way of being and we use the word identity when we wish to celebrate that way of being. I feel like the shift of the 21st century is hopefully that more and more of what we have treated as illness will be understood instead as identity.