‘Transfariana’ : New doc looks at love story that helped ‘queer’ Colombia’s peace process


On October 7th 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was given the Nobel Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year long civil war to an end”, despite Colombia’s rejection of the peace deal with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) just five days earlier in a referendum. Amongst the objections that produced the shock result – which delayed the signing of a final agreement until the following month – was the attention to gender. A gender sub-commission had taken part in the negotiations, tasked with looking at the gender-based violence that took place during the conflict, thus ensuring that women and LGBT+ groups were given a voice in the transition to peace. By broadening feminist representation to include LGBT+ voices, Colombia was able to ‘queer’ its peace process, though this was not to everyone’s liking, with accusations from opponents that a ‘gender ideology’ was being imposed on Colombian society.

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