Trans: ex-Falklands War fighter is running for senator

In January 1982 Osvaldo Marrone was passing his 17 years when the numbers of his document decided his destiny: he was drawn to do his compulsory military service. Three months later, with just turned 18, his life would take a first turn: he landed in the Malvinas to fight for the sovereignty of the islands against the English army.

He was for 72 days in a fox pit in Fox Bay, on Gran Malvina Island, half-buried in pits less than 2 meters deep by 2 meters wide, with roofs concealed with earth and grass, which were built so that no seen from airplanes.

“On May 1, 1982, we had the baptism of fire. The planes were bombing every night, we had naval fire on our positions. The earth was shaking, it looked like an earthquake, and you could hear the roars of the bombing of the English ”, he recalls.

He was in company 9 in the 25 infantry regiment in Colonia Sarmiento, Chubut province along with eight soldiers from his town, Corral de Bustos.

Tahizna Marrone, at 18, was Osvaldo and fought for 72 days in Fox Bay in the Falkland Islands. Photo: Personal archive.

Today he is not considered a former combatant but “a fighter in and for the Malvinas” because – according to his vision – the Argentine soldiers surrendered their weapons but did not surrender. “I think none of us who were there gave up,” he acknowledges.

And although he remembers his more than 70 days in the territory as “tedious and brave”, he reflects: “He also left me many lessons such as companionship, respect for others and for life. Malvinas gave me the necessary strength to face everything. what happened later in my life. “

The war left him after effects, like all veterans. And 30 years after Malvinas, something changed again in the life of Osvaldo, who today is called Tahizna.

A medical diagnosis gave a name and an explanation to what was in his body all his life: he has an extra chromosome and a syndrome called Klinefelter. This is what the film director Lucía Puenzo told in her film released in 2007: neither XY, like men, nor XX, like women: it’s XXY.

? Today I am Tahizna for having been in the war and for the forces I learned to have? He acknowledges in dialogue with Clarín.

Tahizna in one of the meetings with her colleagues from Company 9.

“Since elementary school I had an internal war between male and female. Although it was more comfortable for me to dress as a girl, until recently I won the gaze of others that forced me to be a man: I lived conditioned by my family and by society. Malvinas already felt like a woman, but I couldn’t express it, “she explained in 2017, when this newspaper told her story for the first time.

Osvaldo, who fell in love with and was the father of twins, changed his birth certificate to start living as he was always perceived: an intersex woman. Tahizna.

In the meetings with the rest of the ex-combatants, she, Tahizna, appeared on the scene and they accepted her.

? Luckily, they respected me and accompanied me throughout my transformation? Marks her, who a few years ago received the invitation on behalf of Tahizna to appear at the Hipólito Yrigoyen school, in Corral de Bustos, to be honored as a former combatant.

Almost 40 years after his passage through the islands that marked him with fire, his battle is now played in politics: Tahizna heads the list of Proyecto Joven where she seeks to be the first trans senator representing the province of Santa Fe.

She is not alone in her foray, she is accompanied by Reina Ibáñez, her candidate for deputy, sex worker and also trans. An LGBTIQ + list, with all the letters.

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The ballot for the PASO of Proyecto Joven in Santa Fe.

“We are the tip of the ball, we are fish among sharks,” they say. Tahizna Marrone and Reina Ibañez are the first trans pre-candidates in Santa Fe in the upcoming simultaneous and mandatory open primaries (PASO) and seek to occupy a seat in the Congress of the Nation.

Tahizna, the ex-combatant, introduces herself as a senator, and works as a systems technician, gives talks and advice to prevent the theft of personal data. He is 57 years old, was born in Corral de Bustos in Córdoba and has lived for 27 years in Chañar Ladeado, a city of about 5,700 inhabitants in Santa Fe.

Reina Ibáñez heads the list of deputies from the Proyecto Joven party. She is from Rosario, she is 29 years old, she is a sex worker and in 2015 and 2017 she was a pre-candidate for councilor of that city of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe previously presented candidates from the LGTBIQ + community on legislative lists or local offices. In 2007 Michell Mendoza competed in the list of candidates of the Front for Victory and in 2015 and 2019, Jackeline Romero did so for the Popular Initiative bloc.

The unprecedented thing this year is that for the first time two trans women candidates will seek to gain space in the National Congress where they propose to open the debate and discuss projects on the problems suffered by the community: discrimination, violence, abuse of authority and stigmatization.

Do you have a closed agenda? In dialogue with Clarín, both wanted to clear this prejudice and deploy the objectives of Proyecto Joven.

“I want to try to refloat everything that is confined to the Malvinas war veterans, the health issue is very neglected for veterans, especially mental health. We should have better health care, ”says Tahizna.

Ibañez, for his part, says that he intends to carry out “a project to develop integration processes for people with disabilities”, wants to propose “the creation of a public veterinary hospital” and clarifies: “We do not have a closed agenda, it is open to the entire population and citizens ”. / Clarín

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