Assas Conference Urges Minister: Combat LGBTIphobia In Education

Madam,

The collective Education against LGBTIphobia in schools and universities has taken note of the organization by the CDPC (Centre for Comparative Public Law) of the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas of a study day entitled “The Universal Republic in the ordeal of transidentity” on 06/22/2023.

In addition to the formulation of the title, which poses that transidentities would be a “test” for the universal Republic, the collective deplores the use of dangerous clichés on transidentities to present their point.

According to the editors, “any society [would oscillate] between ‘all nature’ and ‘the almighty will that would shape what we are’. We could be “male or female; an animal or plant; a robot… “. We should question “citizen identity at a time when the fluidity of appearance contradicts the permanence of being”.

After reading the detailed program of the two days of “symposium” and with regard to the speakers planned, we can only worry about the transphobic or even racist violence that certain interventions could take on. We can talk about the participation of a supporter of Viktor Orban, that of a researcher close to the far right whose conference has already been canceled at Science Po in September 2022 and who considers transidentity as obscurantism and speaks of drift bigoted about it. We can also quote the intervention of the director of the CERT around the theme “Identity, ideology and sectarian logic”.

The Collective recalls that the existence of trans people cannot be considered a danger to “citizen identity”. On the contrary, it is transphobic remarks that put them in danger as people and as citizens whose existence is neither a matter of whim, nor of the “almighty will” that could “shape” them, nor of “appearance”.

The collective recalls that in France, it is the law that must protect trans people (law 2012-954 of August 6, 2012). It is the discriminatory and transphobic remarks that “strike head-on” the Universal Republic. Recent legislative changes in the United States remind us of the fragility of acquired rights for trans people, and the holding of such study days, in the chosen terms, can only be denounced.

Trans rights are not up for debate, trans rights are human rights. This is why we ask you, madam, sir, to do everything possible to enforce the law, prevent discrimination and therefore prevent transphobic interventions from taking place during these two days of meetings within the University. Paris II Pantheon Assas. While this public higher education institution is currently scrutinized by students who must choose their orientation, allowing elements of this university to hold meetings that contravene the law and republican values sends a particularly negative signal about universality. from a French public university.

This article is originally published on sudeducation.org

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