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Celebrating Pride Month Around the World: Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 23, 2021
by CEA MOJO
Locations_ BA vertical garden downtown
Every year, June marks Pride Month celebrations around the globe in support and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community and its history. Below, learn more about the strides made in Argentina to become a more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ folks.

Did You Know?

  • In July 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. Same-sex married couples have been able to adopt as well, since the legislation went into effect.
  • The Gender Identity Law was approved by the Senate in May 2012. It allows a person to change their name, image, and sex in the National Registry. The law also grants access to hormonal treatments and total or partial surgical interventions for the purpose of transitioning.
  • In September 2020, the Executive Power signed a Necessity and Urgency Decree establishing a 1% employment quota for trans and transvestite people in the public sector. In June 2021, a bill adhering the private sector to the employment quota, was passed by the Chamber of Deputies and is now on its way to the Senate.
  • Since 2007, Buenos Aires hosts the GNetwork360, the largest LGBT marketing and tourism event in Latin America. The event promotes diversity in the country and its many touristic destinations, and it is organized by the Argentine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism of the Nation.
  • The first March of Pride was held in 1992. In Argentina, the march takes place annually on the first Saturday of November, in celebration of the first Argentine and Latin American LGBT organization, Nuestro Mundo, in November 1967.
  • In 2011, the Mocha Celis high school was founded in Buenos Aires. It is the first transgender-focused high school in Latin America, with the mission of promoting the inclusion of transgender and transvestite people in formal education.
  • In March 2017, the Carlos Jáuregui subway station was inaugurated, as the first in the world to bear the name of a sexual diversity and human rights activist. The station features an artistic meaning that reflects the historical journey and advances in rights and legislation. Also, the station has information spots, with videos and notes of interest about sexual diversity in the city of Buenos Aires.

Pictured below are several iconic locations in Buenos Aires that have lit up during Pride month.

Locations_ Obelisco de Buenos Aires
 Obelisco de Buenos Aires

 

Locations_ Casa Rosada, the Presidential House
Casa Rosada, the Presidential House 

 

Locations_ Galileo Galilei Planetarium
Galileo Galilei Planetarium 

 

Locations_ National Congress building
 National Congress building


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