After picnicking at the Plaza San Martín, we decided to walk around the neighborhood a bit and mosey down to Puerto Madero. As we were walking, we saw a big crowd and thought “hmm looks like something is going on down there, lets check it out…” Little did we know we were walking right into the Buenos Aires gay pride parade. Located in the Plaza de Mayo (which we’ll give a little history on later because it’s a really important area in Buenos Aires with a lot of historical significance), there were several floats and hundreds of people marching for gay pride and equality.
Argentina is actually one of the most liberal countries, dare I say it, in the world for LGBT rights. It was the first country in South America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010 even going so far as to include full adoption rights for same-sex couples. Then in 2012 the Argentine senate overwhelmingly passed a transgender rights bill, giving those whose gender does not match their physical identity the right to change their name and gender on public documents without gender reassignment surgery and without a note from a doctor or a judge. The bill further mandates both public and private insurance coverage for reassignment surgery without an increase in premiums. And while there is no national law against discrimination at the moment (that I know of), the country appears to be moving in that direction. Some say the Kirchners push for gay rights is a political tactic, others say that it’s a ploy to increase tourism in the country. Either way, its never a bad thing for the rights of minorities to improve.
We walked around through the crowds for a bit, taking pictures, and checking out the scene. It’s certainly not as big as the pride parade in NYC, but everyone looked like they were having a great time. Jesse noticed that some other liberal causes (veganism, anti-war groups) were piggy backing on the parade, which is understandable but a little funny. Overall it was a pretty lucky encounter and a lot of fun to see.
I particularly enjoy the grandma looking down on everyone as if to say “I don’t understand, but I support you”.
LOVE the head dress!!
I’m kicking myself for messing up the focus on this one… I was holding the camera above my head and just missed the shot. Well you get an idea of how fabulous she looked! I think RuPaul’s Drag Race would be impressed.
The guy painted on the right there is Néstor Kirchner, former president of Argentina and late husband of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, current president. They were the ones who pushed to pass same-sex marriage in 2010.
La Casa Rosada – Argentina’s presidential mansion