Argentina: Progressive in LGBTQ Rights

platoporplato:

I learned some things about Argentina this week that are pretty cool and pretty surprising.

  1. Rosario is a huge city.
  2. Winter here means 80 degrees and 87% humidity.
  3. There are ice cream stores all around my temporary apartment.
  4. And crema is the best thing that could ever be added to pasta. Ever.

Aside from the usual culture shock and assimilation into another culture, I discovered how progressive Argentina is in terms of LGBTQ Rights. I mean, Argentina is really kicking ass here.

Here are some pretty cool things that Argentina has done for LGBTQ Rights:

Two years ago it was the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage

  • Gay couples have the same marital rights, adoption rights, and inheritance rights as heterosexual couples.

Buenos Aires and Rosario are two of the LGBTQ friendliest cities in South America

  • They each have a lot of safe spaces for LGBTQ communities including lots of clubs, restaurants, and even hotels.

In Buenos Aires on May 3rd, 2012 the Gender Rights Law was passed:

  • This law allows transgender individuals to change their name and gender in public records legally WITHOUT going to court
  • It also prohibits private and public health care companies from denying transgender individuals coverage of sex-change surgeries or hormone therapy.
  • It states that sex-change surgery is a legal right

In 2010, the President of Argentina (a woman, btw) waged a war with the Roman Catholic Church about gay marital rights, a bold move that many wouldn’t have bothered to fight for.

These kind of rights are HUGE. Especially in a country that is so torn over religion. Argentina is really doing great things and is on the right track in terms of rights for LGBTQ communities.

They really put our homophobic law makers to shame.

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ihaveabsolutelynoidea:

Things that are not inherently awful or something you should feel ashamed of:

  • being white
  • being male
  • being cisgender
  • being straight or heteronormative
  • being able bodied
  • being neurotypical
  • being conventionally attractive

Things that suck and you should feel…

imbillyg:

The picture in the second row on the right was taken in my hometown!

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youjolgbtq:

Sacramento took notice last year of the political clout of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. New laws that took effect Sunday include:

 1. Requiring school districts to have a uniform process for dealing with gay bullying complaints. 

 2. Mandating that school personnel intervene if they witness gay bullying. 

 3. Requiring state universities and colleges to create and enforce campus policies protecting LGBTs from harassment and to appoint employee contacts to address on-campus LGBT matters. 

 4. Correcting inequalities between domestic partnerships and heterosexual marriages, including domestic partner health benefits sharing. 

 5. Allowing courts to consider the relationship between a child and a nonbiological parent when considering child rights cases involving birth parents, adoptive parents and gay or lesbian guardians. 

6. Providing public accommodation and protection in education, housing and employment for gender identity and expression.

7. Making it easier for transgender Californians to get a court petition to change their gender on official documents such as birth certificates.

8. Requiring employers with state contracts worth more than $100,000 to have nondiscrimination policies in place for LGBT workers and their partners.

9. Including gender identity and sexual orientation of potential judges into the state’s Judicial Applicant Data Report to ensure that state courts are diverse.

10. Providing that if a gay couple got married in California but live in a state that won’t grant them a divorce, the California court will have jurisdiction to grant them a legal divorce.

11. Mandating that school textbooks and social studies include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender accomplishments.

Everything EVERY state needs to be doing. EVERY STATE! You here that, LA? Because we’re everywhere and we need the same respect non-queers have!

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criticalfeministcorgi:

[head of a corgi on alternating pink and blue background, text above reads “Canada’s PM just set LGBT rights back by decades”, bottom text reads “Canadian-born CFC is ashamed”]
I made this because I truly am ashamed of this decision that was made, which affects so many people and is so disgustingly backwards. It’s just awful.

I am Canadian and this whole issue has made me ashamed as well. My country should be better than this. 

criticalfeministcorgi:

[head of a corgi on alternating pink and blue background, text above reads “Canada’s PM just set LGBT rights back by decades”, bottom text reads “Canadian-born CFC is ashamed”]

I made this because I truly am ashamed of this decision that was made, which affects so many people and is so disgustingly backwards. It’s just awful.

I am Canadian and this whole issue has made me ashamed as well. My country should be better than this. 

christineleem:

^SEE PHOTOS with FULL DESCRIPTION^

Adam and Evelyn: They are both adults capable of making decisions; they are capable and can give consent. They are both US citizens and the government will recognize their marriage.

Adam and Steve: They are both adults capable of making decisions; they are capable and can give consent. They are both US citizens and the government will not recognize their marriage.

This is inequality…below examples are not.

Adam and his toaster: Adam is an adult capable of making decisions. Toasters are not capable of making decisions. Adam doesn’t get to give consent twice just because he owns the toaster. (Also, toasters can’t sign a marriage license).

Additional examples not like gay rights examples…

Billy: Billy is a 10 year old boy. He can not legally give consent or make life-altering decisions. He may feel love, but is not yet an adult. (Billy can’t legally sign a marriage license).

A Corpse: It much like the toaster cannot make decisions or give consent. It may have once been a US citizen but it is no longer. (A corpse can’t sign a marriage license).

A Dog: It could possibly feel love the way we do. However, it isn’t aware of its decisions. It can’t consent and is not a US citizen. (A dog can’t sign a marriage license).

Forever reblog.

fuckyeahmauraandjane:

Aww noooo! :(

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Photo is not mine, I take no credit for it.

Photo is not mine, I take no credit for it.

So beautiful. :)

So beautiful. :)

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