IE SOGI refers to the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The UN LGBTI Core Group is an informal group of states, the EU, OutRight and Human Rights Watch collaborating on LGBTIQ equality at the UN Headquarters in NY.
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.