The history of the LGBT+ community seeks to maintain a transition through the years in which it is addressed, mainly, sexuality and gender identity that divide the world, as well as acceptance and learning.
This is the starting point provided by Mark Gevisser, author of the book “The Pink Line”in his research work that covers different countries such as the USA, South Africa, Malawi, Egypt, Russia, India and Mexico.
Mark Gevisser mentioned in an interview with Infobae LGBT+ that when he finished writing the book entitled “The Pink Line” he felt something strange, because “when you write a book about living people who are in a changing situation, in the world, you have to finish it” although the problem is that “the people you are writing about continue their lives”.
In his book he not only has research, he also talked with several people from the LGBT+ community, although he said that “it is somewhat frustrating to finish the books.”
Mark’s work on this book not only kept the way of being of the people, especially the youngalso expanded knowledge and “our understanding about the range of human sexuality and gender identity, which is challenging and very exciting.”
“Based on that conversation, this is a demand that people be respected for what they are and not only tolerated, but valued for what they are,” he mentioned.
Mark wants his book to help further improve these concepts, as well as being empathetic and understanding with society.
“What I hope my book will do is show the reader diversity and human experience when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity as long as they see humanity as the different people they are and therefore move along the way. that all human beings should wear.
For the South African writer and researcher, learning is everything, “there is no single way to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans in the world”. He makes a speech about a global language on LGBT+ rights, although the range of experiences that he had, from different people in the world, was enormous.
“That’s how I learned how little each of us know what we think the so-called LGBT+ exists.”
“Maybe we both know it, but it’s not like that. There is a way for the struggle to move forward, this being how it was done in the US, but one of the things I learned is how complex and different societies are, also that many people don’t see how hard it is to tell the stories that sometimes They are very difficult to read.
The journalist wondered that when a person from the community informs him of everything, “what is incredible? Is it the courage that people have to be themselves?”
Although there is a hostile environment, people make small islands or ideas of support and they know that there is someone who helps and protects them “and if that is the way society is going to change, of course we need to change the laws so that everyone is in the same role”commented.
When he came to Mexico and wanted to interview people from the community, the first thing he did was go to the most conservative state, Jalisco, where he began to study the “diverse families”
From his investigation, he realized that it was also one of the states with the fewest laws in favor of the community, something that he could not write in his book because there was already too much information to add another topic, however, he confessed to Infobae LGBT + a story that had a lot of impact on him.
He told the story of a couple from the community who wanted to baptize their son, but it was difficult for them to get it because “when they went to their local priest, he told them to leave. They went with several until one mentioned that she could do it only if she goes to confess to him, something that The parents didn’t like it and they ended up leaving.”
Suddenly, a priest asked them if they loved each other and if they loved their son, they both said yes and that was where he told them: “you are a family, I am going to baptize him, this being the power of moral interest”.
“We have the possibility to change many things on the ground, along with the great struggles that have to be fought and taken to the streets,” he said.
What Mark means by “The Pink Line” (this being the title of his book) is to notice a division that exists in countries or even between cities, only that “we must be careful to think about it” so as not to fall into the trap of saying that they are fine in a place and at the mere time they are not.
There is a pink line in everything, in countries, states and even in the family and one is always going to be better than another “what your family tolerates and what the city says you can be and you have to negotiate that same line”.
“There is no way that it is a truly liberated zone in this and this area in particular,” he said.
This division is not only because it is something bad, but because in life there are children, workers and even family members who are part of the LGBT+ community, they do not exist in a place where everyone meets, in Mexico there is not just in Pink Zone, “There is no border post.”
“There is no division among LGBT+ people, even people say that the right creates a false division because it is a way of doing politics, this being a way of trying to get people to return to the church, which is why many people vote by the right-wing parties.
“Today we are proud, we are in many places, that is how I understand the division and that is division is a false construction”. He confessed.
The topics that he dealt with in Mexico, for his research, were “Diverse families”, people of the same sex who are married and the trans population, especially children and adolescents.
“These are really wonderful interviews, and in between I talked to one of the first people to take hormone medication.” In writing his book Mark had more examples of other countries he was moved by, though “You can’t put everything, you have to choose”.
Mark Gevisser will be in Mexico from October 11, where he will present his book at “Somos vozes” at 9:00 p.m. and at the Rosario Castellanos Fund for Economic Culture (FCE), on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.