Alberto Fernández gave it to him in a ceremony at the Government House. “Hopefully one day the documents do not say anything, but for now we need inclusion policies,” he said, in dialogue with TN.com.ar.
Speak without releasing your ID. If you put it down on the table for a moment, you will immediately find a reason to grab it again. The document says it is called Gerónimo Carolina González Devesa So what it is neither male nor female. Where before sex was specified, an X appears that contains many years of claim for being recognized as a non-binary person. “What does gender matter to the State?” Alberto Fernandez at the delivery ceremony with the Minister of the Interior Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro and the Minister of Women and Diversities, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta.
“You can treat me about her, him or her. You can’t go wrong with me, ”he says with a laugh. He prefers to use inclusive language, although he does not always do so. In his work, for example, he introduces himself as Geronimo and uses masculine pronouns.
“I am a doctor there and the focus is on the patient. As my appearance is masculine, it is easier not to distract, but when I have consultations in hormonal therapies or with trans people it is good that I am a doctor, “he explains. He is recognized as a privileged person within the LGBTQ community: he was able to attend university, has a formal job and is accompanied by his family. “It can be difficult being a non-binary person, but I faced it as a militancy, as a struggle. That made it easier to get here. “
Neither women nor men
The Gender Identity law in force since 2012 allows changing the sex on the DNI to adjust to self-perception. According to the Renaper, more than 9,000 people modified their document in the first nine years of the law. Accessing new documentation first requires a correction of the birth certificate. González Devesa had reached this step but had not obtained the DNI. Neither Valentine nor Shanik, the other two people who received their document at the Bicentennial Museum ceremony. The regulations published in the official gazette make it possible to proceed with the processing of those who do not wish to enter their sex on the DNI, as various organizations have been claiming.
Even in the celebration there were dissidents: “We are not an X” was the cry that interrupted the ceremony. Some groups demanded that the space remain open and that the X not be used. The Ministry of the Interior explained that it is a field that cannot be left blank so that the document has value before the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).
“Hopefully one day the documents won’t say anything, but for now we need inclusion policies and for that we have to identify ourselves. It is a big step today ”, acknowledges González Devesa.
In a suit and tie, she says that today she is finally the person she wanted to be in her childhood, but the journey up to here was progressive and winding: first she recognized herself as a lesbian and then she wanted to move towards a process of hormonalization. “When I wanted to change my document, I realized that I was not male either and the gender identity law recognized it, so we moved forward,” he recalls. Together with his lawyer, Eleonora Lamm, they got the item that stated that reality, but they had to wait three years until the delivery of the DNI. “I procrastinated many things for not having a document, there were things that I avoided doing and several times I was afraid of having a problem, ”he recalls. “Now that’s it,” he celebrates, with his ID in hand.