Argentina, leading the way on trans rights!

Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.

The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first…

But, if trans Argentinians do want to change their bodies, thanks to the new law, insurance companies–both public and private–will now have to provide them with surgery or hormone therapy at no additional cost.

Fantastic.

If any of our commenters have insights into why Argentina is so far ahead, I’ve love to know….

7 thoughts on “Argentina, leading the way on trans rights!

  1. Good joke.

    Coming from Chile, the one subject that I permit myself to have prejudices about is Argentina. So no comment on the original post.

  2. Well, Argentina is the country where the scary catholic church has the least power. Hence, they have development instead!

  3. It’s a bit strange what happens here, in Argentina. The President Cristina Fernández is a moderate Catholic, as the majority of people, but her government openly supports some progressive movements such as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) and Madres/Abuelas/Hijos de Plaza de Mayo. Argentinian people believe in God but are more or less tolerant: we don’t have strong anti-abortion or anti-gay movements as in the US. Moreover, the Church was involved in all the dictatorships so nobody takes its discourse so seriously.
    In Argentina usually the President decides what to do; the Parliament is not autonomous. So any project supported by the President is usually approved in the Parliament without any problem or delay. In 2010, the LGBT movement made a really strong effort to persuade the society and the President to support the gay marriage. It rejected a referendum, with the lemma “there can’t be a referendum about human rights” (los derechos humanos no se plesbiscitan).
    Cristina was opposed to gay marriage at first, but after the amazing LGBT lobby, and persuaded by the more liberal ideology of his husband (the ex president Nestor Kirchner) she decided to support it. So in a short period of time, the law was approved. The effect was great: even though the majority of people were against the gay marriage, after the law was voted, they changed their mind. They saw that nobody died, and the human race did not disappear. That new civil rights law was used for the re-election campaign of Cristina, under the lemma “the power of equality” (el poder de la igualdad), with a lot of success (54% !).
    More or less the same happened with the law of gender identity. In this case it was easier because there was no opposition. Besides, now Cristina is openly supporting the civil rights of sexual minorities (nobody knows, and nobody cares, if she is doing it “for the votes” or because of some conviction), so there is no need to persuade her.
    Nevertheless, we are still waiting for a more progressive legislation about abortion. Sadly, Cristina is against it, so no change seems possible by now.

  4. Cristina Fernandez is the most amazing leader on the planet — catapulting Argentina as the model for Human Rights for the world. Her actions should not be taken lightly or shrugged off as political maneuvers. As a citizen of the United States – where many believe that freedom reigns — I am ashamed of my country for not being as progressive as our neighbors to the south.

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