The Government of Catalonia has approved its official statement on International LGBTI+ Pride or Liberation Day, celebrated on 28 June. The aim of this day is to stand up for the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people to enjoy equal rights and freedom from discrimination and violence.
The date commemorates the Stonewall events of 1969 in New York City, when LGBTI+ people rose up in protest against persecution. The uprising brought collective awareness to the subject and marked the beginning of an intense struggle for LGBTI+ rights around the world. Through its official statement, the Catalan government wishes to reaffirm its commitment to defend the rights of LGBTI+ people and to fight against discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
This year, the text reasserts people's right to fully express their identity at all stages of life without having to suffer inequality, discrimination or violence. It specifically defends "the right of children to express their gender identity without any bus coming along to deny their existence", "the right of teenagers and young people not to be bullied at school and to express themselves freely", "the right to form a family with a person of the same sex and not be asked about the 'father' and 'mother', and "the right of older people not to have to go back into the closet when they are no longer independent and have to live in a nursing home".
The statement encourages the defence of these rights "every day and in all areas" and reiterates that they are the outcome of many years of struggle. In addition to mentioning the Stonewall revolt, it cites the struggles of trans women in 1977, when they put their bodies in the path of the police during the first LGTBI+ demonstration in Barcelona in protest against a Francoist law that criminalised the group. It also recalls how the Catalan associative movement promoted sex education campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s to stop HIV, and how organisations have striven to get equality laws passed and to combat LGBTI-phobia in all areas of society.
The statement concludes that "all these struggles have turned Catalonia into a leader in the fight for justice and human rights" and urges the public authorities to safeguard these rights "by implementing equality laws and public policies which ensure access for all to resources and services across the country as we do in the Public Network of Comprehensive LGBTI Care Services (SAI), recently recognised by the European Commission with the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award". The text ends by calling on society as a whole to ensure that these rights are "exercised and upheld collectively".