Monday, 08 November 2010 23:31

Argentina Is Still Proud To Be Gay

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After Taiwan last week, now Argentina celebrated Gay Pride.

Argentina is the first Latin American country to recognize marriage equality. The law was signed by President Cristina Fernander in July and apparently more than 500 couples have since married.

Pablo De Luca, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Buenos Aires, estimated that more than 100,000 gays and lesbians have visited Argentina since the law was passed.

"It's the same kind of increase that happened in South Africa, Canada, and Madrid after they legalized gay marriage," De Luca said. "We want to travel to a country where we don't feel like we have to hide our sexuality."

The theme of the parade was "Let's go for more" because the struggle continues for transgender people who still can not change their gender on their birth certificates and their identity cards.

According to NPR, even if the law has been stuck in Argentina's senate since 2007, some are more optimistic now that gay marriage has passed.

"The gay marriage law helped open the doors to discuss LGBT issues in Argentina," said Socialist Deputy Roy Cortina. "And that's going to be beneficial for the gender identity law."

Photo credit: wander-argentina