I’m no stranger to discrimination or the laws that make it so regarding gender and disability. I know that trans people and disabled people are made of small minorities, putting me in an even smaller one. Which to some people means that people in my situation don’t exist, completely removing my sense of belonging. Like the two labels don’t belong together, which is false, and I’m proof of that. Below is my answer to the question: Do you feel that LGBT+DISABILITY should be mentioned more in today’s society?
In 2000, when the law equality for all was introduced, I was only four. Yet my family and I had already had a taste of discrimination regarding my disability, both in the medical and education sectors. This kept happening for years, even after the law was in place. In 2016, Malta established the first set of Gender and LGBT+ laws.
I came out in 2017, and even though the rules were already in place, it was everything but plain sailing. I had to fight battles left, right and centre, both legally and medically. I have to say, it wasn’t the easiest on my mental health, and not everyone could have dealt with it. The pain that people went through can’t be put under a rug because otherwise, we would be going backwards, not forward and aiming for better.