Argentina

AT A GLANCE

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

YES

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

YES

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

YES

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2016, 2019: Supported Voting IE SOGI
UN LGBTI Core Group, Co-Chair

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 establishing public funding for gender-affirming procedures. Societal opinion of LGBTIQ issues is generally positive, however LGBTIQ people still face discrimination and harassment. 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.