Management of Carlos Canales vetoes, again, the symbolic LGBTI weddings in Parque del Amor in Miraflores

Municipality of Miraflores denies permission for LGTBI event on February 14. (Photo: Peruvian TLGB Network)

The Municipality of Mirafloresadministered by the mayor Carlos Canales, rejected the request of the Peruvian TLGB Network to hold the event symbolic weddings ‘Love Does Not Discriminate’, celebrated for 22 years, every February 14, in the Love Park from District.

According to a complaint from the group, the commune alleged, without further options, that the space will be used for institutional activities scheduled for the same date. Last year, a month after taking the oath of office, the management of Canales – a member of the ultra-conservative party Popular Renewal— had already denied authorization for the event, which was held despite bureaucratic obstacles, although without a stage.

It occurs in a representative district for diversity—it houses the most important LGBTQ club in the country—and despite the fact that there is an ordinance that prohibits any form of discrimination (No. 437-2015/MM). For the Pride March collective, responsible for organizing the largest demonstration in the country, this is a “worrying” measure that “institutionalizes homophobia.”

Likewise, he regretted that the Miraflores administration has prohibited the use of public spaces, with vetoes for athletes or outdoor activities such as picnics. “It is urgent to demonstrate against LGBTIphobia in the district, especially because it has a non-discrimination ordinance,” reads a message spread on its X platform, formerly Twitter.

Peru, a country lagging behind in diversity policies, does not have a Gender Identity Law, not against hate crimes, nor about trans labor quotas, nor equal marriage. In January of last year, the Justice and Human Rights Commission of Congress sent to the archive the legislative initiative 525/2021-CR, which sought the recognition of legal protection for homoaffective couples under the figure of marriage.

‘Love Does Not Discriminate’ vindicates this policy vacuum: the Peruvian TLGB Network asks the commune for permission to install a mini-stage that allows each couple to go up and register their union as if it were a real wedding. Faced with the veto of Canales, who faces a vacancy request, the LGTBI community has convened itself to develop the activity “with or without municipal authorization.”

The leader of the Canales party, Rafael Lopez Aliagabanned last year the Pride March end in the San Martin Plazaa tradition that had already been broken in 2016, during the second administration of Luis Castaneda Lossio. The mayor of Lima pointed out that the public space on Nicolás de Piérola Avenue is intended for tourist activity, one of the axes on which his administration has focused.

“We are doing deep work to attract tourism. Every Sunday, parade and parade. That attracts tourism. Destroy that, no way. […] The San Martin Plaza It has a very important tourist heritage, I don’t want to destroy all the work of almost six months. Come on a Saturday. The square is full of dancers, young people doing traditional dances and K-pop. Leave it, well, leave it for tourism,” she said in a press conference.

Previously, the promoters of this mobilization – which has been demanding LGBTI rights for two decades – reported that the Lima community did not agree to the permit, despite the call from activists and the Ombudsman’s Office. In its place, the conservative administration gave up Alameda 28 de Julio.

Likewise, they denounced that the administration of Lopez Aliaga He ignored two requests to use one of the main emblems of downtown Lima. The delay was already seen as an early rejection, although the organizers insisted until the end, according to what was learned Infobae Peru. Behind the bureaucracy to replicate the request was the intangibility ordinance, but above all the conservatism of this politician contrary to feminism and the gender approach.

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