Jordi Albacete – Managing Director
The massive killing last Sunday in Orlando, in the gay nightclub Pulse, has left us anxious, full of anger and also full of love. Besides the motives for this indescribable episode, no one doubts the importance of the victims identity (as Owen Jones pointed out on Sky TV). At this point, it can’t escape anybody that the LGBT community is an easy target, of attacks, abuses, bullying, extorsion, torture, and extermination. Perhaps it’s because the prevailing views throughout history have tried to erase those things that are outside of the norm, those which are not considered “normal”.
Recently, just a few days after having published our special issue on gender, I was talking to an acquaintance who was really interested in the viability of our publication. During the conversation, I mentioned one of the articles which we are currently working on. In it, we investigate the social environments of parents that allow the transition of their transgendered kids when they are still below the legal age. The person I was talking to, with respect and with his best intentions, questioned why we are focusing on current affairs that do not affect the larger majority. This comment made me reflect on the danger of linking what affects a majority with the concept of normality. And I felt scared. Really scared.
In the same week, an artist friend of mine, Tono Carbajo, exhibited an installation of photography and illustrations. In it, 20 participants placed one concrete wish into 20 little wooden houses built by the artist. As one of the participants, my wish was this: ‘not to allow anyone to take ownership of any sort of normality’.
In recent years, in only a few places in the world, normality has progressed. Countries have made concessions for the fundamental rights of the LGBT community. Despite this, the same normality is still responsible for homophobia. This homophobia often murders, condemns, splits families, rapes, tortures, displaces, deteriorates health, and rots human coexistence. Because of this, and for all that happened in Orlando, it is important to demonstrate our repulsion as an act of solidarity towards the victims. Ultimately, this was an unscrupulous attack, committed by normality, on each of us, men and women, regardless of our sexual orientation. Love is love and does not follow any norms.