Buenos Aires: LGTBI most friendly Latin American city

Latin American countries are swapping tolerance for respect in an even bigger proportion than some European countries.

Latin American countries are swapping tolerance for respect in an even bigger proportion than some European countries.

During the last decade, Europe was an example of advance regarding the recognition of LGTBI rights and the struggle against genre identity discrimination.

Nonetheless, as said by D.W Evelyn Paradis, human rights advocator, Europe got stuck by thinking their advances were enough for the rest of the times.

On the other side we have Latin America, continent in which this topic is kind of new and where violence, discrimination and even homicide are a normal part of the LGTBI community.

Paradis, who was in Uruguay because of an international conference designed for the same problematic, explains that through her eyes, it seems that some Latin America countries are setting new standards. She says: “There are some other models. It not as if everything is ok in Latin America. But all we see in them is the desire of getting better”.

Looking from a different side but reaffirming Paradis statement, Eduarda Ferreira, researcher from the Geography, Genre and Sexuality Studies Network for Latin America, relates the progress in this matter with the economic situation and the politic stability that the continent experimented with the new millennium, even when several realities are mixed up in the same territory.

She adds, that even when equality laws don’t mean necessarily real equality, many Latin America countries are pioneers in the recognition of the LGTBI rights. For example, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia and some states from Mexico allow the gay marriage. Argentina, on the other hand, is the first pioneer regarding depathologization of transsexuality and has started showing the different realities trans people go through.

All of this already said, The Board Trade for the LGTBI stated Buenos Aires, Argentina is the best destination for this community.

In less words Argentina is making an exchange between respect and tolerance, by understanding tolerance does not mean respect as said by Pablo De Luca, president of The Board Trade for the LGTBI. They proactively respect and recognize sexual minority rights.

“We do not longer talk about tolerance because tolerance involves a situation in which somebody is above somebody else. Here we’re talking about people that are equal.”

This country recognized the marriage between people of the same gender in 2010; same gender couples can already adopt in Argentina; they can ask fr a change of gender in the national identification document and more recently in 2015 a law that states 1% of public charges must be under the LGTBI community.

Argetina offers security and respect, and that is what every LGTBI couple looks for. A city without ghettos without any kind of exclusion.

De Luca also affirms destinations like Jamaica and some Caribbean countries are the most difficult places for this community, societies that are still too conservative.

In conclusion, the rights recognition for the LGTBI community not only as laws but as a daily and real respect environment there is a lot of work to be made to achieve a real change in people’s mentality and public opinion. And Latin America is already on the way.

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