Tamara Adrián, deputy for Voluntad Popular to the legitimate National Assembly, exposed this Monday the remarkable impact of the humanitarian emergency on women, the LGBTIQ population and the need to promote programs with gender perspectives.
She explained that in recent days the Office for Humanitarian Aid of the interim Government, has had relations with NGOs from Colombia, Ecuador and Chile that have noted their “great concern” about the degree of malnutrition that our nationals who emigrate to these countries have, together with the fact that trans men and women have no legal identity. “Venezuela is one of the few countries in the region where there is no identity for trans people,” said the parliamentarian during a press conference via Zoom.
She maintained that there are studies from the United Nations and the OAS that show the differentiated impact that the pandemic has had on the LGBTIQ population, especially on trans people, whose livelihood is conditioned by sex work. “The prerequisite for trans people to have access to decent work is that they have a legal identity, without that they are marginalized to trades that do not have any type of employment benefits,” she said.
Ms. Adrián also warned that the LGBTIQ population lost 20% of their weight in 2019 and “we have indications that the situation has totally worsened. In Venezuela there is total invisibility on the LGBTIQ population, we have to act based on these indicators, the Office of Humanitarian Aid must begin to recommend help to LGBTIQ people.”
The legislator for VP party regretted that the few retrovirals that are in Venezuela, necessary for people with HIV, are supplied irregularly. “The Ministry of Health wants to maintain control over the distribution of drugs (…) We have seen a tuberculosis epidemic, which is highly treatable, that did not exist in Venezuela but has become a disease of poverty,” she added.