As the mobilization against the new pension reform introduced by the government begins this week, on January 19 and 21, many LGBTQI+ organizations and individuals who are aware of the specific fragilities in society in the face of old age are calling for support. “for a bright LGBTI pension”.
We, LGBTI individuals and organisations, oppose the pension reform that the government has just introduced to raise the retirement age to 64 to benefit from a full pension and accelerate the transition to the 43 annuity.
If this reform is implemented, it will be detrimental to all future pensioners. This will be particularly harmful for LGBTI people, as we are more vulnerable than the rest of the population when it comes to old age.
Indeed, old age is often synonymous with isolation, and many of us lack support at this stage of our lives, as we face potential rejection from the families we were born into, as well as the right to create our own. However, family is an important support structure during retirement, especially when autonomy is lost. Its members, when they have the time and money, can help the elderly by helping them in their homes, welcoming them into their homes or funding placements in EHPADs. But for many years, the inequality of our rights to marry, adopt, and procreate, and the forced sterilization of trans people, have prevented us from building families for generations. Currently, these rights are unstable due to discrimination in adoption procedures or difficulties in accessing assisted reproduction, which is still denied to trans people.
With the new pension reform, we will have to work longer, which will make our health worse, or we will have to go without all of our annuities, which will reduce our pensions. When we face these setbacks, we don’t have the same ability to rely on family solidarity, which leaves us even more vulnerable in retirement.
The business world has often been, and still is, a hostile environment for LGBTI people: discrimination persists and can affect our professional status throughout our lives. Research shows that pay inequality persists for those leaving the workforce, affecting the size of our pensions. From professional orientation in the school environment to career development, including difficulties in accessing work, the life course of LGBTI people extends to violence and exclusion from work. periods of unemployment affecting our contribution periods. People living with HIV, trans people, or people of color are more likely to experience job rejection, career interruptions, and difficulties in professional development. After that, a full pension becomes almost impossible and often condemns us to a reduced pension.
Women are particularly strongly affected if they are lesbian or bisexual: in addition to receiving lower wages, they are more affected by part-time work and career interruptions. If the reform were to pass, their pension is much lower than that of men, and it would decrease even more. Moreover, when they could, they sometimes stopped working to take care of their children.
All of its parameters undermine a range of career paths, as well as life expectancy in “health conditions”, leading to strong social inequalities in retirement. The new reform, if implemented, would reinforce the harmful effects of these mechanisms and highlight our uncertainty.
However, retirement is an important phase of our lives: a well-deserved rest after working so hard, it is not necessarily a period of inactivity. Unfortunately, many of us have not been able to do this because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic or the suicide rate among LGBTI people, which remains very high. Much remains to be invented about the forms that scholarship can take in our societies. Many retirees decide to make a voluntary commitment, and we can consider this step, for example, by investing in a self-supporting or anti-discrimination association. Moreover, there are almost no elderly LGBTI representatives in our society. As we age, we gradually become invisible, and we must question our own internal mechanisms that lead to this state.
We must recreate dialogue and solidarity between generations to participate in the transmission of our common history, life stories and warrior experiences. Many actions need to be imagined: to carry them out, we need a healthy pension, enough money to live it with dignity and enjoy it.
Therefore, starting with the demonstrations on January 19 and 21, we will mobilize all workers, students, pensioners and the unemployed in all initiatives to fight against this new pension reform.
By fighting together, we have the opportunity to bring back the government. Finally, we can go further by returning to retirement at age 60 with a 37.5 annuity to win and restore hope for a desirable future.
Montreuil Feminist Assembly
hi lady, Feminist and queer bar
Paris-IdF LGBTQI+ Center
LGBTQI+ Archive Collective
Super Sapphic Collective
LGBTI Commission of the New Anti-Capitalist Party
Commune Vision (Rennes)
Paname Convent of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
FC Paris Rainbow
LGBT+ Sports Federation
Ciné-clubLGBTI thematic group France Insoumise among queer people in Gouinema, Paris
La Flèche d’Or, political, cultural and united place
La Mutinerie, a queerfeminist bar
Trans Solidarity Organization (Tours)
Paris Queer Antifa
Queers Let’s Talk Business
Under the shorts
Libertarian Communist League
Alexis Langlois, director
Ali Aguado, trans rights activist and director of a medical-social agency
Amanda Songe, Drag King
Anaëlle Pourteau, Activist We All Paris 9/10/18
Andy Kerbrat, Deputy of La France Insoumise – NUPES
Anthony Poulin, Deputy Mayor of Besançon (EELV)
Apollo d’Angelo, the king of drag
Arthur Rainbow, Drag King
Aurore Koechlin, Author and Feminist Activist
Babouchka Babouche, drag queen, politician and model
Barbara Butch, DJ
Calypso Overkill, Drag queen
Cecil Lhuillier, Feminist activist, LGBTQI and TDS rights
Charleeps, DJ and producer
Charlotte Flores Rosales, freelance journalist and anarcho-feminist activist
Claire Pinsart, specialist educator at Orizon LGBT+ (Reunion).
Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull, Model and transfeminist activist
Clemence Tru, drag queen
Dominique Ganaye, LGBTQI+ activist, ActUp Paris, representative of COREVIH Users Bourgogne Franche Comté
Élisa Koubi, co-chair of Inter-LGBT
Élodie Petit aka Gorge Bataille, Poet
Elsa Aloisio, screenwriter and director
Aunt Emily, drag queen and activist
Éric Arassus, President of the LGBT+ Sports Federation
Étienne Jeannot – Jeanne, non-binary gay artist, model, drag, solo on stage, improv
Eva Vocz, Act Up-Paris advocacy officer and sex worker
Fanny Baklouti, Office of the EELV LGBTQIA+ Commission
Fatima Daas, Author
Flavien Mourlam, SNCF commercial agent, representative of the SUD-Rail union
Fred Bladou, AIDS and drug activist
Gabrielle Richard, Gender Sociologist
Gerald Kurdian, musician
Gianfranco Rebucini, CNRS researcher and queer activist
Guillaume Durand, Deputy Regional Secretary of EELV Île-de-France and Deputy Mayor of the 14th arrondissement of Paris
Habibitch, artist and activist
Hanane Amegrane, immigration and lesbian mother of the suburbs, member of the Marche Féministe Antiraciste network, Sud éducation 93
Irene García Galán, Author and feminist activist
Ixpé, DJ and party organizer
King Jakob, Drag King
Jean-Baptiste Lachenal, Office of the EELV LGBTQIA+ Commission
Jean-Luc Romero-Michel, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Human Rights, Integration and Combating Discrimination
Jean-Marie Hupel, EELV activist
Jules Falquet, Professor of Philosophy at Paris 8
Juliet Drouar, therapist, author
Lascar Wild, Drag King
Lewis Raclette, Drag King
Lexie Agresti, Activist and Author
Lisa Granado, feminist activist artist
Louise Morel, Author
M Alex Mahudeau, Ph.D
A mahout, a comedian
Marc-Antoine Bartoli, activist and prevention coordinator of Act Up-Paris
Marguerite Le Louvier, Author
Martin Dust, Icon
Mathieu Magnaudeix, Journalist, co-speaker of Mediapart
Mathilde Forget, Author
Matthias Parveau, EELV Federal Counselor
Maxime Crosnier, EELV activist
Minima Gesté, Drag queen
Mirion Malle, Author and designer
Nathan Boumendil, AIDS activist
Néo Gaudy, trade unionist and transfeminist activist
Nicolas Framont, editor-in-chief of Frustration magazine
Olga Wolfson, Journalist and LGBTQI+ activist
Pablo Legasa, principal dancer at the Opera National de Paris
Pablo Pillaud-Vivien, editor-in-chief of Regards magazine
Paul B. Preciado, philosopher
Philippe Mangeot, Teacher and former president of Act Up-Paris
PowerBeauTom, Drag King
Ray Goodspeed, International Supporter (UK), Member of Lesbians & Gays, 1984-85.
Ruru Pepito, Activist Pd
Sam Bourcier, sociologist
Samuel Vétier, CGT Paris union member 5/6
Sarah Persil is Vice-President of the Bourgogne Franche Comté Region and responsible for EELV’s LGBTQIA+ commission.
Sarah Roubach, Generation.s LGBTI activist
Sebastien Tuller, LGBTI+ activist
Sergey, Drag King
Shammy des Vices Junior, Drag King
Snake Ninja, Dancer Dancer and Queer Influence
Soa de Muse, Multidisciplinary Artist
Stéphane Gérard, director
Tal Madesta, journalist and author
Tanguy Martinière “Lapop Lehomil”, Comedian, drag queen, active in Act Up Paris
Tomás Salgado, CGT trade union activist
Veronica Noseda, lesbian feminist activist
Wendy Delorme, Author
Johann Diard, CGT Representative, member of the leadership of the Versailles CGT Railway Workers Union
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