by Eugenia Tovar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

by Eugenia Tovar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

L + G + B + T + I + Q + Buenos + Aires = Pride Parade in Buenos Aires.

30 Nov, 2018

by Eugenia Tovar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

Throughout the years we have witnessed how individuals from diverse groups have joined the Gay Pride Parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina...each year lesbians, bisexuals, homosexuals, trans, intersex, queer, gender fluid, non-gender, have gathered - as a whole- in the capital city to celebrate their lives and to demand more rights...

This year, however, there was another strong letter that came to the party: P, for Politics. And this is because instead of having one Parade like every year, Politics came into play within the Pride Parade Committee and it actually managed to cause some stirs within the group.

It has been said that four major aggrupations decided to leave the Pride Parade Committee and instead they invited everyone who would like to join them to their own and new Parade.

So, ‘’there were two parades in Buenos Aires this year, what’s the problem with that?’’ you may be asking. And after a lot of thought, and being completely honest, the fact that there were two parades helped to spread the word even further about how basic human rights were not being respected within the LGBTQ communities in the southern country.

The CHA (Comunidad Homosexual Argentina) or ‘’Homosexual Argentinian Community’’, was a promoter of the first march back in 1992 and decided to leave this year’s march alongside 100% Diversity in Rights, Trans Argentinas Women and La Rosa Naranja Association. They claimed in a joint statement, that there has been ‘’a loss of the historical spirit of pride and the lack of representation with respect to the substantial claims of our community’’. They have also stated that the population that has been affected the most by this was the trans population in the country, as they have are being left out.

From the Commission, they responded with their own statement in which they assure that all the decisions were taken in the Assembly and with consensus of the majority. "It is striking that the CHA which did participate in all the meetings of the Commission this year, argued in favor and agreed with the central slogans resolved in the first two meetings, now go out to question such agreements", they indicated.

This year, the central slogans were: "Enough trans-transvestite genocide. No adjustment to violence and discrimination. Macri (Argentinian President) and the Church are anti-rights." From the Commission, they emphasized that the claims do express the historical and current demands of the community.

Furthermore, this year's march wanted to highlight the situation in regards to trans-transvestite’s rights.

The average life of the trans population is 40 years or less. So far this year, 60 died and in 2017 they were one hundred. And the cause is exclusion. One in three girls lives with HIV. Many commit suicide or die for hate crimes, or worse, they are murdered. Also, lack of social restraint or absence of the health apparatus is a constant problem for them.

They suffer from institutional violence and social violence. There is no access to employment if you are trans-transvestite and the only job that many have is prostitution. Labour alternatives are needed, but also rights for those who choose to exercise it.