On May 17th on the occasion of the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, The International Organization of Lesbians and Gays in its chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean / ILGALAC has launched a publication with “16 articles written by LGBTI activists from all over the Americas Latin and the Caribbean” as reviewed on the website. No, they are not from all of Latin America. There are no activists from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Why?
ILGALAC, the institution, is kidnapped by people with deep left-wing ideological biases that prevent them from recognizing human rights violations in countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela and any other that appears to be from the left wing, although in practice it is not. We cannot speak for Cuba, Mexico or Nicaragua, we can speak for Venezuela.
ILGALAC, that is, the people who control it, try to make this Venezuelan reality invisible for the second time. In our opinion it is because their ideological bias prevents them from doing it. They did so in the ILGA Report on State Homophobia in 2019. Fortunately, after a letter of protest that we, Union Afirmativa, sent, ILGA International rectified the report at the end of that same year with an update that included somewhat information much closer to our tragic reality in Venezuela.
Since 2015 we have been suffering the consequences of a Complex Humanitarian Emergency, now aggravated by Covid 19. A long-standing crisis that Venezuelan human rights organizations had warned would happen. In the face of this reality, there has been no credible declaration by ILGALAC, nor has there been any other text from the Latin American women’s movements and feminist groups, that support Venezuelans or reject the government. On the contrary, if there have in fact been mentions of support for what they believe was or is a left-wing government like that of Chávez (1999-2013) and that of Maduro but never putting the at the center the Venezuelan people, who suffer the consequences of a system of government that is not democratic.
The only explanation we can imagine is that some members of ILGALAC have deviated from the true mission of an organization that works for human rights and have interposed their personal ideologies, which leads them to defend governments instead of defending LGBTI people who are suffering the consequences of undemocratic governments. These are the same people who verbally attacked our Coordinator Quiteria Franco and Deputy Tamara Adrián at the Meeting on LGBTI Leadership in 2019 in Colombia.
We understand that ILGALAC is an independent organization with a board of directors that decides on its activities and actions, but we are strongly struck by the fact that in its forums, talks, meetings, reports or publications there are never independent Venezuelan activists as guests speakers. The most evident sample is this recent document entitled the coronapapers, where activists or researchers with texts on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are absent. You have decided to remove these three countries and their human rights activists and defenders from the map of the Americas and the Caribbean. Including Venezuela and its reality in its activities will not make them improve, but it will make them visible and help for those who suffer inside and outside the country is a possibility. But excluding them reduces your personal and institutional credibility.
We deeply regret that the Latin American and Caribbean section of an organization like ILGA that in its beginnings and for a long time has been a world reference has deviated from its mission towards LGBTI people.
We hope that ILGA International will take the appropriate measures on this matter that has been going on for far too long.
We are #BreakingTheSilence as the motto of this 2020 on the International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Let’s break the silence and talk about the governments that oppress LGBTI people, especially in times of the coronavirus.
We share a recently published document in which we summarize the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Venezuela in the context of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and now aggravated by COVID 19.