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“Gu ere bagara”, a project that aims to uncover the “untold stories” of LGBTI+ older people in Getxo.

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 04:33:38

Journalist Julen Nafarrate and artist Ines Bermejo have been trying for some time to find the “untold stories” of LGTBI+ older people from Getxo for their Gu ere bagara (We too) project. Their goal is to uncover this experience and turn it into an exhibition with collages of their photographs from past and present to make them visible, but it costs them more than they thought with people talking to them about themselves. , their sex life or your orientation. “Older people in general, and LGBT older people in particular, don’t usually talk openly about their sexuality, so it’s costing us more than we thought. In our project, we would like to tell where the LGBTI+ people were in Getxo, how they knew each other, how the repression of their sexuality or sexual orientation took place and their history. Questions that are not collected anywhere,” Nafarrate told the newspaper.

This is not a research work, this is a cultural contribution. At the moment they have two residents of the town who want to participate in the project, but whom they have not yet met: a resident of the Old Port of Algorta – coincidentally in the same place where the journalist and artist live – and Romo’s neighbor, but no one else. “We have spoken to pension associations that have dozens of members and they tell us that to their knowledge there is no LGBTI+ person. Can’t be. Or they are there, but they are not visible or they are not there at all, but why are they not there? Doesn’t this look like a safe place? Did they leave Getxo? One of the people we are going to interview told us that she ended up going to Bilbao to live, to have more freedom in everything related to her sexual freedom. For example, I am 50 years younger than this person, I told him that the same thing happened to me, that I was also going to Bilbao to try to meet LGBTI + people. Apparently, there are things that have not changed much,” explains Nafarrate.

As a result of speaking on behalf of the participants in a project funded by the Getxo City Council with a Creation grant, they have a story they feel is worth telling in Gu ere bagara. “40 years ago, in the Gurea cinemas in Algort, which no longer exist, two men were kissing while watching a movie, and the people who were there noticed and started insulting and reproaching them. These are the stories we want to collect, because they are unknown,” clarifies the journalist, who, despite the fact that this event happened several decades ago, admits that such a discriminatory situation still exists in the municipality. “We imagine that we will find positive stories of people who were able to live normally with their orientation and gender identity, as well as stories of people who suffered a lot and who made the path easier for us so that we could live more freely. . . . We cannot forget that despite the fact that more spaces of freedom have been achieved without going further, there was a homophobic aggression at the carnival in Algort in February. There is still a long way to go,” he insists.

For a journalist, one of the keys to older people not being open about their past or their sexuality is simply that “nobody has ever asked them.” “They are not used to talking about this topic. In general, older people talk very little about their sexuality. What we want to work on is appearance, and we understand that people who have lived their sexuality in a reserved way now find it difficult to open up to that appearance. We have a very serious social problem behind us. Why is it so hard to find older people willing to talk about their lives and experiences? What is the problem that even today this topic cannot be spoken naturally?” he asks.

They gave themselves until August to answer this question and put together all the pieces of the puzzle, which at the moment has proved difficult to solve. The first steps that will follow will be to meet with the two people who agreed to participate in the project and collect all possible information, as well as photographs and documents from the time. Later, in order for the exhibition to be ready after the summer, they will try to find more people who will agree to tell those stories that have been kept under lock and key for years. “If we do not talk about the reality of LGBTI+ older people, we will never be able to face the needs they may experience, such as stigmatization, discrimination or loneliness,” the journalist concludes. depends on you

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