Argentina

At a glance

  • Same-sex relations: legal
  • Legal gender recognition: possible
  • Registration of LGBTIQ organizations: possible
  • Actions related to SOGI at UN: supported IE SOGI in 2016 and 2019

 

Overview

Argentina is progressive on LGBTIQ issues and champions the human rights of LGBTIQ people globally. Same-sex marriage and same-sex couple adoption were legalized in 2010. Argentina has several local laws protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hate crime legislation recognizes grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as aggravating circumstances and bans them nationwide. In 2012, the Gender Identity Law passed, making legal gender recognition more accessible and established public funding for gender-affirming surgeries.

Societal opinion of LGBTIQ issues is generally positive, however LGBTIQ people still face discrimination and harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. While Argentina is a largely secular nation, there is a small contingency of religious leaders and politicians who disparage LGBTIQ people as a threat to “family values.” Argentina has many prominent LGBTIQ public figures, although LGBTIQ people are underrepresented in positions of power in politics and business.