Pride week in Benidorm kicked off on a serious note with a conference on protocol and appropriate use of language regarding gender terminology.
The event, chosen to coincide with the high profile Benidorm Pride week, was organised to bring visibility to members of the ‘Trans’ community who feel ostracised and discriminated against on a day to day basis through the wrong use of gender terminology.
A joint venture between the local LGBTI association and the NosGustas.com, the conference was attended by Benidorm City officials, including councillor for Equality, Paquita Ripoll, councillor of compromís, JosepBigorra plus representatives of the Local Police Headquarters; technicians and heads of equality, plus public sector employees from other municipalities of the region.
Director of media outlet, Trans-Social media, a web-based outlet set up to support and advise members of the female ‘Trans’ community, conducted a training session entitled ‘How to treat and respect a Trans person’.
The talk focused on dispelling the myths and reality involved in living as a ‘Trans’ person, delving into issues such as basic gender terminology, history of transsexuality, sexuality, power and heteronormativity, the protocols for the use of an inclusive language and important tips on how to maintain and make effective these protocols.
Benidorm Pride Week, this year has focused on highlighting the visibility of ‘Trans’ reality, with the screening of a total of 11 short films in either the City Hall and on Friday, September 7th at 22.00h at the Mirador del Castillo, directed by, starring, scripted and produced by ‘trans’ people.