Madrid’s regional assembly in Spain approved a proposal by the right wing Popular Party (PP), leaded for her president Isabel Ayuso, to remove protections for transgender individuals.
The bill, which modified a law supporting trans rights and LGBTQ rights that were both passed in 2016 with the PP’s support, makes Madrid the initial Spanish region to reverse such legislation.
Under the reform, discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is no longer a punishable offence in Madrid's region. Besides, it is also no longer a punishable offence to beat a person without causing injury based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In December 2022, Spain passed a nationwide bill allowing transgender people aged 14 and over to change their legal gender without the need for psychological or other medical evaluation, but now, the Madrid region's underage trans people will only be able to start hormone replacement therapies after being examined by a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Only the far-right VOX party, which governs in coalition with PP in some Spanish cities and regions, supported the bill and congratulated themselves because PP changed their position.
Instead, the left parties' lawmakers unfurled trans pride flags and several activists displayed red gloves while shouting slogans before being expelled from the gallery of the assembly.
Spain is one of the nation tops a list of 40 countries most accepting of homosexuality, but human rights activists are warning that attacks on queer people increased in Spain in recent times, after PP and VOX have extreme their speech against LGBTQ rights.
Not one step back in Madrid, it is unacceptable!!!