A BOOK ON FREEDOM AND PREJUDICE
The Instituto Politico para la Libertad Peru in co-operation with the Friedrich Nauman Foundation office in Lima have published a book focused on LGBTIQ+-rights in Latin America including various perspectives on the situation.
The book begins with the reflections of Andrés Ricaurte (chapter title: "Stolen freedoms: the challenges of being gay in Latin America"), who from his own experiences analyses the challenges faced by gays and lesbians in the region. He also reflects on how the media, especially television, has promoted a stereotyping that led to an increase in violence against them.
In the chapter "The creation of the undesirable", José Benegas shows us how society, religion and alleged defenders of freedom seek to maintain the image of LGBTIQ+ people being inferior to heterosexuals. This, as Benegas explains, has political consequences and affects the exercise of their rights.
With the essay “The right to gender identity. A path of freedom”, Valentina Verbal clarifies the supposed contradiction between gender identity and individual freedom. The author refutes the fallacy that the legal recognition of the right to gender identity would constitute an attack on the individual freedom of those who oppose it.
Felipe Schwember, in his contribution, states that "Queer Liberalism" complements liberalism in itself, contrary to what many liberals believe. He delves into the main arguments against alternative sexualities, which are perversion and danger.
In her chapter "Liberalism: a fight against inequality before the law", Antonella Marty reviews historical and contemporary facts to show that liberalism has never been against sexual freedoms, but rather is a pioneer in this defence.
Finally, Aura Arbulú (“Nothing for granted: violence and pending roads”) alerts us to a setback in the rights of LGBTIQ+ people in the world.