This week read about the first transgender lawmakers in Mexico going to work, and France adopting a law to allow lesbian and single women access to in vitro fertilization for the first time.
First Trans Lawmakers In Mexico Go To Work
Salma Luévano is one of Mexico’s two freshly elected transgender members of Congress, three years following imprisonment for dressing as a woman as a teenager.
According to Channel News Asia, Luévano spent 36 hours locked up, which prompted the beginning of her activism in seeking respect for sexual diversity.
Sit-ins in front of city hall turned to legal battles over sexual identity to force political parties to include members of the LGBT community in their lists of candidates for legislative elections held on June 6.
Due to this breakthrough, Luévano and another transgender candidate, Maria Clemente Garcia, were elected as lower house legislators for the ruling Morena party.
"It's a great message for our community that for decades has been so discriminated against," said Luévano, a 52-year-old human rights defender, stylist and lawyer-in-training.
France Legalizes In Vitro Fertilization For Lesbians And Single Women
Matthieu Gatipon of the Inter-LGBT Association. Photo via Twitter.
France’s lower house has adopted a law that allows lesbian and single women access to in vitro fertilization for the first time.
According to AP News, the law was presented by President Emmanuel Macron and was approved at the National Assembly with a vote of 326 approve and 115 against.
LGBT rights organizations have been pushing for reproductive legislation since France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.
Fertility treatments are free in France, and this now includes lesbian couples and single women.
“Finally,” Matthieu Gatipon, spokesperson of the Inter-LGBT association, said. “We are satisfied that this is getting done … but this has been a painful birth.”
Gatipon stated that it has been difficult for French women who have had to put off having children for years, as well as those who have had to pay exorbitant prices to go to countries where such procedures are accessible, such as Spain and Belgium.