The offensive in favor of gender ideology has reached a new front: Brazilian public parks. Acting in partnership with an organ of the United Nations (UN), the city of Porto Alegre decided to include requirements that contemplate “gender identity” in the Orla do Guaíba concession project, a project that includes children’s attractions. The idea is that, already in the bidding process, the city government requires that the winning company of the competition fulfills, among other obligations, the promotion of constant actions against “LGBTphobia”.
The bidding for Section 2 of Orla do Guaíba provides for concession to the private initiative, for 35 years, of an area of 134 thousand square meters in one of the most frequented regions of the state capital. The winner will have to invest around 750 million reais in the park’s structure and build, among others, a ferris wheel and a playground. In return, the company will be able to explore the area commercially. To assist in the bidding process, in 2018 the city government signed a technical cooperation agreement with Unops, United Nations Office of Services for Projects, Purchasing and Project Management. The partnership was announced as eminently technical. But, in addition to urban and financial assessments, Unops has prepared recommendations regarding gender issues. As a way to encourage the adoption of similar measures across the country, the ideas were also compiled in the publication “Parks for All and All”, launched last month.
Amid innocuous and even desirable items, such as the creation of adequate spaces for changing diapers, the Unops document proposes measures with an ideological and subjective content, including several references to “gender identity” – a set of ideas, not confirmed by science, which affirm that no one is born male or female, but that each individual builds his own identity.
The publication describes gender identity as “the internal and individual experience of the gender of each person, which may or may not correspond to the gender assigned at birth, including both the personal sense of the body – which may involve, by choice, modification of appearance or bodily function by medical, surgical or other means – as well as other gender expressions, including dress and speech (see also sexual orientation). ” Based on this definition, the guide suggests actions such as “Reserve spaces for posting campaigns against discrimination (…) LGBTI +” and encourage the application of “LGBTI + people” to “possible job openings and public tenders.”
The adoption of the terms proposed by Unops would mean the inclusion of the idea of “gender identity” in a long-term contract, which would leave future managers with their hands tied to review this policy. And, in fact, the city of Porto Alegre incorporated proposals of this type in the public notice. For example: among the concessionaire’s performance evaluation criteria, there would be the existence of “actions to promote income generation (…) aimed at LGBTQI groups” and the existence of “permanent campaigns” against “LGBTphobia.” The announcement, launched in January, ended up suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the city to review some economic requirements of the project. A new version of the text is expected to be released by the end of the year. The city does not seem willing to review the items that deal with gender ideology. “The announcement must contain diversity and inclusion policies in several sectors that encompass the activities of the concessionaire and with regard to the use of the park,” he informed the People’s Gazette the press office of the Municipal Secretariat for Strategic Partnerships.
Mayor Nelson Marchezan (PSDB) even celebrated the release of the Unops document: “This recognition is very important in relation to the work we are doing in the city of Porto Alegre (…). Our goal is to create better conditions for everyone, with the qualification of services and spaces, striving for inclusive policies in all of our projects ”, he said, in a statement released by Organs official bodies.
Bids from other parks
Unops, for its part, recognizes that the idea is that the document serves as a guide for similar bids across the country. It is not by chance that the guide “Parks for All and All” was developed in partnership with Instituto Semeia, a non-profit entity that works in the process of granting public parks to the private sector. Recently, Semeia signed partnerships to operate in the Ibirapuera concession, in São Paulo, in Parque da Cidade, in Brasília, and in the Complexo da Pampulha, in Belo Horizonte.
Sought by People’s Gazette, Unops stated that the publication “Parks for All and Everyone is a tool to inspire the construction of more diverse spaces from the insertion of the gender perspective in urban parks, whether in their implementation or management”. Unops claims that “the social barriers generated by racism and the impediments to the free expression of sexual rights are recognized, which impose innumerable barriers to their free social circulation on black individuals and groups of gender.”
The Municipal Secretariat for Strategic Partnerships, responsible for the Orla do Guaíba project, told the People’s Gazette that the partnership with Unops had a total cost of US $ 400 thousand (about R $ 2.2 million, in today’s values), covered by a loan from the city hall with the Development Bank of Latin America. Also according to the secretariat, the partnership with Unops has already been finalized, and contemplated “technical diagnosis, business modeling, training of municipal staff for the development of partnership projects for urban infrastructure aimed at the three stretches of the Guaíba shore”.