“TRANS-forming and evaluation the CIS-tem”: Education and action methodology to generate impact on public policies during social distancing and afterwards

Forced Migration, Gender Discrimination, Violence and Interseccional Approaches

by Rubén Romero Lozano

This methodology is a video-led journey to encourage people to think about solving social problems related to LGBTIQ migrant rights with an approach to system changes.

Why a methodology toolkit? Because LGBTIQ migrants have powerful ideas to change the system. Sadly, often there is no platform to make those ideas visible to governments and institutions or to take part in the conversation and talk about them with other LGBTIQ migrants. Also because we need to use Information to influence the decision-making process. The results of the sessions will be processed and then systematized by the research team as formal requests to institutions and decision-makers. The data will be useful for academic and social science purposes.

The public policy cycle in perspective:
The relationship established between the needs and rights of the cis-heterosexual population and the LGBTIQ population is established in a center-periphery model, where a certain paradigm of understanding sex, gender, and sexuality occupies the centrality of discourse and practices around human rights.
The processes of hegemony (the relations between those who occupy the center and those who occupy the periphery) in the field of LGBTIQ rights reveal the structures and dynamics of power that transform the formal and material access of this group to their human rights into a peripheral matter of second order.

How public policy decisions are made puts LGBTIQ migrants in a position of disaffiliation by disregarding their possible contributions or views on issues that are not traditionally related to diversity, including many policies that limit access to fundamental rights.
Being outside the power elites that make public policy decisions silences the voices of real people who face a social gap that materializes through restrictions on social and spatial mobility contempt, discrimination, or violence. LGBTIQ migrants need to build a community of learning, leadership, and activism, because collaboration and cooperation are imperative, more so in this time of distance learning than ever before. This networking is carried out in a scalable way in conjunction with non-governmental
organizations, institutions, and universities.


Rubén Romero Lozano

I’m a queer, migrant, Human Rights lawyer and defender, and applicant for international protection. I have been researching since 2009 and I’m currently at the final stage of achieving my Master’s degree in urban social policies at the “Tres de Febrero” University (UNTREF) in Argentina, remotely. I’m also a writer, digital-activist, and teacher. My field of work goes from the promotion of a culture of peace to communication for social campaigns. I’m also involved in projects about social innovation, researching the right to personal freedom and security, and mentoring new professionals dedicated to social fields.

My Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/romeroruben87/