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Equality program together with the LGTB association a training session for municipal workers on protocols of action, and will screen short films and videoclips

Benidorm will give visibility to 'trans' reality during LGBTI Pride Week

29 August 2018
Benidorm dará visibilidad a la realidad ‘trans’ durante la Semana del Orgullo LGBTI

The City Council will give visibility to the reality of transsexual people during the events scheduled by the Department of Equality and the LGBT Association of Benidorm and the region on the occasion of the LGBTI Pride Week to be held from 3 to 9 September. Councilor for Equality, Paquita Ripoll, today has presented the program designed by the department, which includes a day of training for municipal workers entitled 'Protocols of action to respect and treat a trans person, and the screening of short films and 'trans' video clips.

Ripoll has been accompanied by the president of the LGBT Association of Benidorm, Chelo Oliva; by Carolina Laferre, director of the media outlet Trans • Socialmedia - dedicated to information from the 'trans' female community - and who will be in charge of teaching the training day; and by Carlos Lamm, in charge of the design of the screenings of short and video clips.

The concillor of Equality reported that the day 'How to treat and respect a person trans' will be held on September 4 from 10.00 to 14.00 hours in the Hall of City Hall; and it is open to officials and workers in general "who have to attend the public among their functions". Ripoll affirmed that "we are very committed to ensuring that the treatment received by citizens is correct, and for that, training is essential"; and added that "we want this initiative to be well received and that the attendance be numerous".

Laferre, for his part, explained that with this initiative "Benidorm takes a step forward and is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for the 'trans' group that uses its services," while "acquiring the responsibility to maintain environments that are free of discrimination and harassment towards these people ".

"The fact 'trans' - has deepened - is a reality that must be addressed from all areas, including social, cultural, political and economic. It is essential to enter the classrooms, in the town halls and to give training to the media. "

During the day, basic gender terminology will be addressed; the initiation into the anthropological history of transsexuality; sexuality, power and heteronormativity; the protocols for the use of an inclusive language; and the activities and tips to maintain and make effective these protocols.

In addition, to influence the visibility of this group, on Wednesday, September 5, the same Assembly Hall will host, starting at 7:00 pm, the screening of seven 'trans' short films, an activity that "seeks to raise awareness and give visibility to the reality of this collective ", pointed the councillor of Equality. Carlos Lamm explained that they are pieces "not exclusively of 'trans' theme, but short directed, starred, scripted or produced by 'trans' people and that show that a 'trans' person is an artist who can do any kind of cinema". "It's a way of breaking down topics," he added.

Finally, the program is completed on Friday, September 7, with the screening of five LGBTI video clips at El Castillo at 10 pm. Carlos Lamm indicated that "within the collective music is very important", and that is why it has been chosen to show five video clips of LGBTI artists, who "increasingly come to Benidorm to shoot" their videos.

All these cultural, formative and protest activities are free.