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Argentina’s Trans Rights Campaign (VIDEO)

Argentina’s Trans Rights Campaign (VIDEO)

 

As Argentina’s lawmakers prepare to take up a bill Thursday that would grant the country’s trans citizens the right to have their gender identities officially amended through a quick and simple process, a new campaign has been launched to stress why this is so vital to the country’s trans population.

Currently, Argentina’s trans citizens must endure a lengthy and costly court process in order to have their gender identities officially recognized on essential documents that other people take for granted as being accurate. A proposed new law would change that and give trans citizens a way to have their identity markers changed much more easily.

Ahead of the gender identity law being reviewed by parliament, the Argentinian Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people released the following video campaign called “Identidad: Derecho a ser” or “Identity: The right to be.”  The campaign video contains contributions from a variety of trans citizens including comments from TV stars Celeste Montanari (El Bar TV) and Alejandro Iglesias (Big Brother Argentina).

Watch it below (h/t to Blabbeando.com for providing a translation — if you have trouble reading the English titles, please click here for a larger view):

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7:33PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Very good news, I know in many parts of Latin America, it can be very dangerous for trans people, and they have no one to turn to, as even the police are against them. This is exactly why visibility is so imperitive for all of the LBBTQ community. If they do not stand up for themselves and demand eqaulity, while dispelling all the myths and misconceptions that the ignorant masses have, things will never improve. Yet, it is very sad to see the USA be surpassed by so many countries around the globe. We still have states in the USA that will not even change gender markers following surgery, and post-op transwomen have been placed in male jails/prisons due to our bigoted laws.

3:28PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Kimberly B, you are SO right!! There are far worse countries as far as human rights, but you'd think the U.S. would be so much farther along. Isn’t it amazing how our own U.S. CONGRESS were the ones who adopted the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942 which includes the words "with liberty and justice for all." And in 2011 that same body is trying to step farther & farther backward by restricting women's and GLBT people's liberties and forbid them from receiving equal treatment and justice. VERY embarrassing.

8:24AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Best of luck to them.

2:55AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

It amazes me seeing people around the world surpass the US in compassion and social right advancement. Bless their hearts, I think this education campaign might do the trick. :)

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